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The UCLA Sustainability Committee has been active since 2005 and continues to advance campus sustainability practices and new initiatives. One of the cornerstones of our sustainable campus is the Green Building program. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, developed by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), provides standards for environmentally sustainable construction. Since 2006, UCLA has designed all new construction and major refurbishment projects to meet a minimum LEED Silver rating and strives to achieve LEED Gold.

Major renovation LEED-CI) and existing building (LEED-EB) projects are supported by campus sustainable purchasing practices that provide new Energy Star equipment and Green Seal products wherever feasible. In September 2012, the UCLA Health System opened the Clinical and Translational Research Center as the 100th LEED-certified project in the University of California system. This milestone sends a clear statement on behalf of the UC and the UCLA campus that it is committed to sustainability.

UCLA Capital Programs is committed to advancing sustainability on campus through all its projects. New campus buildings and remodels are required to excel in all aspects of green building:

  • Achieving Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system - LEED
  • Outperforming the requirements of California’s strict Energy Code, Title 24, Part 6, by over 20%
  • Reducing carbon emissions through planning and transportation demand management
  • Reducing building water usage by at least 30% below code standards
  • Recycling over 75% of demolition and construction waste – targeting zero waste.
  • Applying high-performance technologies to optimize energy use and occupant comfort

The 100th LEED Certification in the UC System was recently awarded to a project at UCLA. With this milestone, the UC system has become the first American university to have 100 LEED-Certified Facilities.

Capital Programs’ commitment to quality green construction dovetails with several other campus initiatives that demonstrate UCLA’s leadership on sustainability in Los Angeles and the world.

University of California Sustainable Practices Policy

UCLA Climate Action Plan

UCLA Zero Waste Plan

American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment

Capital Programs Project Achievements

LEED for New Construction


  • Platinum  Mira Hershey Hall
  • Gold Spieker  Aquatic Center
  • Silver  720 Hilgard Graduate Student Housing
  • Silver  824 Hilgard Graduate Student Housing
  • Silver  Police Station Replacement Building
  • Silver  La Kretz Hall


  • Silver  Terasaki Life Science Replacement Building
  • Gold  Pauley Pavilion
  • Gold  Weyburn Terrace Graduate Student Housing
  • Gold  Sproul Hall Complex / Sproul West
  • Gold  Dykstra Repairs & Refurbishment
  • Gold  Engineering VI-Phase I (WIN GEM)
  • Gold  Ostin Music Center
  • Gold  Landfair Apartments
  • Gold  Glenrock Apartments
  • Gold  Luskin Conference and Guest Center
  • Gold  Hitch Suites
  • Gold  Saxon Suites
  • Gold  Teaching & Learning Center for Health Sciences

LEED for Commercial Interiors


  • Gold  Young Research Library
  • Gold  Hedrick Hall
  • Gold  Clinical and Translational Research Center
  • UC Platinum*  Rieber Hall


  • Silver  Kinross Graduate Fitness Center
  • Gold  Fielding School of Public Health Renovation
  • Silver  Boelter Hall Laboratory Remodel
  • Gold  Semel Integrative Phenotyping Center for Neuropsychiatry
  • Gold  Telemedicine
  • Gold  Edie and Lew Wasserman Building – Tenant Improvement

LEED for Core Shell


  • Gold  Edie and Lew Wasserman Building – Core & Shell


  • Gold  Center for Health Sciences South Tower Renovation

LEED for Existing Buildings, Operations and Management


  • Silver Public Affairs Building

*UC LEED Equivalent – based on LEED Rating System, but not certified through GBCI.