UC Davis Biz School Graduates To Platinum

California has its first LEED Platinum-certified business school. The Maurice J. Gallagher Jr. Hall, home to the University of California, Davis, Graduate School of Management, has been awarded the highest green building certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The ultra-green, 83,000-square-foot complex is shared by the business school and the UC Davis Conference Center. The artfully designed glass and tile facade building is said to use 30 percent less energy than a typical office building. And this fall, the building will get a new solar rooftop installation.

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Gallagher Hall joins only a handful of other buildings that can boast of such energy efficiency. Worldwide, only 610 buildings have earned  Platinum certification since 2000, the year the rating system was established. It joins an even more select group as a Platinum-certified business school, with only two other business school buildings nationwide.

Gallagher Hall is just one accomplishment among a long list of green accolades for the UC Davis Campus. UC Davis West Village, a 130-acre development opened its doors this fall, as the nation’s largest planned net-zero energy community. The school is also home to Aggie Stadium, the nation’s first zero-waste football stadium. And Sierra Magazine ranked UC Davis among the nations 10 “greenest” colleges.

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.