CalSTRS Headquarters Achieves Platinum Certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
West Sacramento building recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council with highest sustainability certification in the world

News release Ricardo Duran

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) announced today that its headquarters building received the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Platinum certification in Existing Building and Operations Maintenance (EB:OM) for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, otherwise known as LEED®. Platinum is the highest sustainability rating the USGBC offers.

The USGBC awarded CalSTRS its LEED Platinum certification on October 14, 2011 and recognizes the teachers’ pension headquarters building as one of the greenest and most sustainable buildings in the world. The CalSTRS headquarters is one of only 22 existing California commercial buildings to reach Platinum, based on USGBC data. USGBC administers the LEED green building certification system, the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings.

“CalSTRS certification shows tremendous leadership in greening our existing buildings, which make up the vast majority of the U.S. building stock,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “Greening our existing buildings helps save money and energy, creates healthier places to live, work and learn – all while addressing our single greatest opportunity to help solve the climate change equation.”

Reaching Platinum-level certification involved a rigorous process of extensive inspections, auditing, reporting and reviews of the building’s physical systems (such as water usage) and operations management (such as waste management, temperature monitoring and commuting programs).

“CalSTRS culture has a firm foundation of business practices which promote sustainability. Reaching Platinum certification is a clear recognition of the effort of the entire organization,” said Chief Executive Officer Jack Ehnes. “Sustainability goes far beyond recycling and composting; we are committed to identifying innovative, sustainable building and operations management solutions to remain one of the greenest buildings in the world,” stated Ehnes.

Snapshot of CalSTRS Platinum success:

  • 93 percent Energy Star score.
  • 83 percent score for the USGBC EB:BOM category.
  • 35 percent less potable water use than other buildings its size.
  • $100,000 annual utility savings for overall building energy efficiency.
  • Seven out of 15 points for employee alternate transportation use.
  • 1.39 score (on a scale of 1-5 where 1 is the highest) for cleanliness throughout the building.

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System, with a portfolio valued at $148.2 billion as of October 31, 2011, is the largest teacher pension fund and second largest public pension fund in the United States. CalSTRS administers a hybrid retirement system, consisting of a traditional defined benefit, cash balance and defined contribution plan, as well as disability and survivor benefits. CalSTRS serves California’s 852,000 public school educators and their families from the state’s 1,600 school districts, county offices of education and community college districts.