In conjunction with UC Berkeley’s commitment to sustainability and green design, and support from The Green Initiative Fund, Building Sustainability @ Cal (BS@C) is proud to be working with the Division of Real Estate to create a program that promotes sustainable building on campus. BS@C’s program trains student interns with the goal of reducing the environmental footprint of buildings on the UC Berkeley campus. The student interns have consulted with project managers, clients, and building occupants to develop a rating system, named the Green Building Checklist, for smaller-scale building and renovation projects that are not able to qualify for LEED certification, but still show a commitment to making sustainable building design choices.
On Tuesday March 15th, 2016, the renovation of the Cesar Chavez Student Center as part of the Lower Sproul Redevelopment project, was awarded two Green Paws through the Green Building Checklist. In other words, the Cesar Chavez project was able to meet 75% of applicable standards including sourcing local and recycled materials and maintaining mechanical systems. This project shows the university’s great dedication to sustainable building practices and collaboration between departments and students. The UC Office of Sustainability is glad to continue working with student interns from BS@C on further building projects on campus.