News release

CalSTRS Turns Green Into Gold
Headquarters Earns Elite Sustainability Certificate from U.S. Green Building Council®.

  WEST SACRAMENTO, CA   – California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) announced today that its headquarters received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) New Construction Gold certificate from U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

In a brief ceremony held today at CalSTRS headquarters, USGBC® presented the prestigious award. There are currently only five other California state government buildings that have earned a Gold LEED® certificate for new construction from the USGBC.

“CalSTRS has long been in the forefront of promoting sustainable practices to add value to our investment portfolio holdings. Constructing CalSTRS headquarters as a sustainable building was a natural extension of our stewardship to our members while doing right by the environment,” said CalSTRS Chief Executive Officer Jack Ehnes.

CalSTRS headquarters, completed in 2009, earned points in five environmentally sustainable categories for new construction.

USGBC criteria are:

  • Sustainable sites
  • Water efficiency
  • Energy and atmosphere
  • Materials and resources
  • Indoor environmental quality.

CalSTRS annual energy savings are expected to exceed $130,000 and the building is estimated to use 12 percent less energy than comparable buildings nationwide. Low flow fixtures and high-efficiency irrigation reduce water usage by approximately 40 percent.

USGBC is a nonprofit committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system developed by USGBC.

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System, with a portfolio valued at $132.5 billion, is the second largest public pension fund in the United States. It administers retirement, disability and survivor benefits for California’s 848,000 public school educators and their families from the state’s 1,400 school districts, county offices of education and community college districts.


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