Friday, October 28 , 2016, 12:21 am | Mostly Cloudy 63º


Goleta Adopts LEED Silver Standard for New City-Owned Buildings

City Council adopts a Green Building Policy for government facilities

The Goleta City Council showed its environmental leadership Tuesday by unanimously approving a Green Building Policy for government facilities.

This action requires all new city-owned buildings of 2,000 square feet or greater to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system silver certification.

“This is a big step for Goleta as it establishes a new policy for city buildings allowing Goleta to lead by example,” Mayor Ed Easton said.

A new City Hall and fire station are the types of potential future buildings that would be constructed to the new standard.

“Reducing the environmental impact of construction, operations and maintenance of publicly funded facilities saves taxpayer dollars because green buildings operate more efficiently, using less energy, water and fossil fuels,” Easton said. “This demonstrates that the city is contributing to larger efforts to create a sustainable community.”

LEED is the most widely recognized and widely used green building program. The USGBC created the LEED rating systems and maintains certification processes for new and existing buildings that together identify and verify a range of responsible design, construction and maintenance practices that can improve human and environmental health in buildings and their surroundings while saving energy, water and money.

— Valerie Kushnerov is a public information officer for the City of Goleta.

Reader Comments

Noozhawk's intent is not to limit the discussion of our stories but to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and must be free of profanity and abusive language and attacks.

By posting on Noozhawk, you:

» Agree to be respectful. Noozhawk encourages intelligent and impassioned discussion and debate, but now has a zero-tolerance policy for those who cannot express their opinions in a civil manner.

» Agree not to use Noozhawk’s forums for personal attacks. This includes any sort of personal attack — including, but not limited to, the people in our stories, the journalists who create these stories, fellow readers who comment on our stories, or anyone else in our community.

» Agree not to post on Noozhawk any comments that can be construed as libelous, defamatory, obscene, profane, vulgar, harmful, threatening, tortious, harassing, abusive, hateful, sexist, racially or ethnically objectionable, or that are invasive of another’s privacy.

» Agree not to post in a manner than emulates, purports or pretends to be someone else. Under no circumstances are readers posting to Noozhawk to knowingly use the name or identity of another person, whether that is another reader on this site, a public figure, celebrity, elected official or fictitious character. This also means readers will not knowingly give out any personal information of other members of these forums.

» Agree not to solicit others. You agree you will not use Noozhawk’s forums to solicit and/or advertise for personal blogs and websites, without Noozhawk’s express written approval.

Noozhawk’s management and editors, in our sole discretion, retain the right to remove individual posts or to revoke the access privileges of anyone who we believe has violated any of these terms or any other term of this agreement; however, we are under no obligation to do so.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >