FIGURE H.1 Los Angeles Community College District. SOURCE: Courtesy of the Los Angeles Community College District.

certification standards1 and that all new buildings would have a minimum of 10 percent on-site generation of renewable energy with 15 percent to 25 percent of the building’s energy being produced from renewable sources. As the program has been implemented, the LACCD is exceeding those standards.

The $6.2 billion in funding will pay for a total of 87 new major buildings and many retrofits (such as those at Mission College and Southwest College; Figure H.2). Thus far, 6 buildings have been constructed and have been LEED certified (2 Gold, 3 Silver, and 1 Certified). Six additional buildings are currently in the certification process. Twenty-five buildings are under construction, 8 are in design, and there are more to go. Of the 87 new buildings, we anticipate that 25 will be certified as LEED Platinum.

Because buildings account for 39 percent of total energy usage for LACCD, there is a huge opportunity to save money through efficiency measures. Only 15 to 20 percent of the total cost of a building is for programming, design, and construction, while 80 to 85 percent is for operations over the life cycle. In a community college district where we have capital funds but limited operational funds, we want to ensure that we design and construct buildings that can be efficiently operated and maintained for many years.

As we started on the total construction program for all nine colleges, we began developing guidelines to provide some consistency and efficiency for the colleges and for the architects and engineers hired by the colleges. The guidelines focused on design that included water efficiency features, sustainable furniture, and carpets; cradle-to-cradle products; building information modeling (BIM); building site management (orientation); and an energy plan. The guidelines are posted on our Web site (



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