Citi Data Center – Frankfurt, Germany

Despite the worldwide financial crunch, Citigroup was able to achieve LEED Platinum certification for the Citi Data Center in Frankfurt, Germany. The building was certified using the LEED for New Construction v 2.2 checklist and features a living roof, a living wall, and uses approximately 70 percent less power than a comparable data center.

Autodesk Gallery at One Market – San Francisco, CA

Once the headquarters building for the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, One Market is now the LEED Platinum certified home of Autodesk. The building was originally constructed in the early 1900s but after a recent green renovation, Autodesk earned a LEED for Commercial Interiors Platinum certification for the space.

Ohlone College – Newark, CA

The Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology on the campus of Ohlone College is a LEED Platinum certified building that had a net-zero energy consumption between April and August of 2008. Ohlone College earned 55 out of a possible 69 points on the LEED for New Construction v 2.1 checklist including 17/17 points in the Energy & Atmosphere category and 12/14 in Sustainable Sites.

Omega Center for Sustainable Living – Rhinebeck, NY

Once the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) completes the LEED certification process, it will be the first building in the nation to achieve both LEED Platinum certification as well as meet the requirements set forth by the Living Building Challenge. The OCSL is a wastewater treatment plant that has 100% onsite renewable energy, a green roof, and a solid environmental education program that is presented during building tours.

North Carolina Botanical Garden Education Center – Chapel Hill, NC

Although the North Carolina Botanical Garden’s Education Center is still in the final stages of the LEED certification project, the building is on track to earn LEED Platinum certification. Once the facility completes the process, it will be the first LEED Platinum building in the state of North Carolina. Several eco-friendly measures were used including solar photovoltaic panels, a rainwater capture system, a geothermal heating and cooling system, and locally sourced construction materials.

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