Gold Camp Data Center Achieves LEED-EB Gold Certification
Driven by the Governor’s core belief that responsible state government includes sustained environmental stewardship, he issued Executive Order B-18-12 and the Green Building Action Plan. These directives require state departments, including the Department of Technology, to take a strong, active approach to resource conservation, waste reduction, environmental protection, and sustainability. The Office of Technology Services(OTech) executed many improvement projects to enhance operational efficiency and reduce an environmental footprint.
With the strong support of CalTech’s Director, Carlos Ramos, OTech completed the rigorous certification requirements to receive the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—Existing Building (LEED-EB) certification for its Gold Camp Data Center. The council’s rating system evaluates a building’s environmental performance and provides a definitive standard for what constitutes a “green building.” Buildings are awarded different levels of certification, based on performance. These levels include, from lower to highest, Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.
During the nearly year-long certification project, OTech’s LEED project team documented baseline performance, made changes to improve sustainable practices, and participated in a three-month performance monitoring/validation period. This effort resulted in the Gold Camp Data Center receiving 65 points, well above the total of 60 required to receive the LEED Gold certification.