Commitment to Sustainability

Building Design and Operations

Sustainable Building Design

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CSU has committed its self to sustainable building practices by incorporating the local geography in building design, minimizing operating costs maximizing energy and water efficiency, and choosing materials and systems who's total life cycle, from manufacture to replacement, minimize environmental impacts.

The CSU has achieved numerous project certifications through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, the U.S. Green Building Council's certification program for high performance, sustainable buildings. The CSU has 39 LEED-certified buildings.

CSU design standards, as a method of implementing the Chancellor's Executive Order 987, require all new construction and major renovation projects to exceed the 2008 California Energy Code (Title 24, the most stringent in the nation) by at least 15 percent and 7.5 percent respectively.

Last Updated: April 23, 2013