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DIRECTV gets LEED Platinum certification

Photo from Nowell Associates, Landscape Architects   “Achieving LEED Platinum certification demonstrates our commitment to conserve energy and reduce waste from our operations, as well as our commitment to communities where we live and work. This certification reinforces our goal to reduce the carbon footprint of ou...

#teamGAIA Certifies 5 Projects in Q3

1 PLATINUM 2 GOLD 1 SILVER 1 CERTIFIED   California Cartage Co.  PUMA – Torrance Building LEED EB:O&M Gold | 422,812 sq ft 49% water use reduction in plumbing fixtures 95% of general building waste diverted from landfill 100% of electricity generated by solar     California Cartage Co....

Warner Brothers Worldwide Television Marketing Receives LEED-CI Gold

PROJECT STATS HLW Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Marketing | LEED-CI Gold | 43,000 sq ft 30% Reduction in lighting power density 34% reduction in potable water use 75% of construction waste diverted from landfills...

LEED-EB O+M Gold Certification Goes to Mullin Automotive Collection

PROJECT STATS MULLIN ENTERPRISES Mullin Automotive Collection | LEED-EBOM Gold | 11,000 sq ft 100% new electric appliances are ENERGY STAR certified 100% of electricity generated by solar 100% of durable goods disposed of by recycling or reuse...

Gaia Receives Zero Clarifications on Pacific Pointe North

Sares Regis’s Pacific Point North gets LEED NC Silver Certified on all four buildings which covers over 250,000 sq ft.   Pacific Point North is one of the largest collections of LEED multiple building certifications in Southern California with zero clarifications on Design and Construction for all four buildings. &n...

Carson Industrial Center North Receives LEED-NC Silver Certification

PROJECT SPECS RGA ARCHITECTS Carson Industrial Center North | LEED-NC Silver | 233,000 sq ft 50% energy savings over ASHRAE 90.1 30%  of building materials are regionally sourced...

Urban Outfitters gets LEED Silver Certification

Urban’s new LEED Silver certified west coast distribution center, located in Reno, NV, is an internet fulfillment center built to accommodate the company’s rapid growth as it serves the West Coast market in North America. The project consists of a 462,720 square foot industrial warehouse incorporating a high-tec...

Avalon Business Center gets LEED Silver Certification

The Avalon Business Center was awarded LEED Silver certification as a multiple buildings project. Highlights include doubling the number of skylights from the original design, employing very high efficient plumbing fixtures to reduce water consumption, and selecting non-toxic interior finishes to enhance the indoor air qual...

Chandler School gets LEED Silver Certification

Chandler School’s new middle school addition is a 33,500 square foot three story building located in the city of Pasadena, CA. The LEED Silver certified building includes classrooms and educational support space. Some of the projects highlights include an integrated indoor air quality program via specified interior fi...

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First Look at the Newly Reopened Hollywood Pool and Its Cool Retro Pool House

This week, the pool at the Hollywood Rec Center reopened, unveiling tons of added features (slide!) and a 1950s-inspired pool house. The project’s been under construction since the fall of 2013, but the wait has clearly been worth it. The 9,575-square-foot pool now has a swirling slide, bleachers topped...

Boyle Heights Joins Rooftop Solar Movement

 “We have the commitment of our mayor to go to almost a gigawatt and a half in 2025 with the benchmark pool in 2017 of 600 megawatts contracted, that would make Los Angeles by far the largest city with the most amount of local solar in the United States.”...

Interview with GLOBONews | Ryan McEvoy Talks Water

On Monday Feb 16th one of the largest Brazilian television news networks, GLOBONews, interviewed Gaia’s Ryan McEvoy about water efficiency solutions and regulations in California. In addition to interviewing Ryan in California, GLOBONews is also filming in Sydney and Singapore as part of a series about worldwide water con...

Keeping Up with Gaia | Q1 Update 2015

  KEEPING UP WITH GAIA|Q1 2015 RECENT SUCCESSES As Gaia celebrates our 10th Anniversary in the green building industry, we are excited to announce several achievements.   Google Irvine – LEED Platinum Certification 140,000 sq ft | LEED consulting, energy modeling, and fundamental & enhanced commissioning     ...

Talking Trash with Denise Braun Article 1.0: Plastic Bag Ban

In 1977 the plastic bag was introduced in grocery stores. From that point it is estimated that worldwide plastic bag consumption reaches an astounding 4-5 trillion bags annually (in 2002) – that’s almost 2 million every minute.   Plastic bag production, use, and disposal have many negative impacts on...

Gaia Named LEED® Proven Provider™ by Green Building Certification Institute | Status Acknowledges Gaia’s Role as High-Quality LEED Project Administrator

Los Angeles — November 05, 2014 — Today, Gaia announced that the U.S. Green Building Council has designated Gaia a LEED® Proven Provider™ for the Building Design and Construction rating system family. This designation was developed to streamline the LEED project review process for experienced organizations that demon...

Lunch n’ Learns Keep #teamGAIA Engaged

In the past month #teamGAIA has been fortunate to have two very informative Lunch n’ Learn sessions. We had product demonstrations from John Stein of Kirei and Mike Militello from CODA Energy.   We learned about Kirei’s gorgeous Kirei Board made from the leftovers from sorghum production. We also...

It’s Summer. Time for a Trip to the Beach!

Last month, teamGAIA spent a well-deserved day celebrating the work we’ve accomplished so far this year. Just blocks away from our office, we made our way to the beach in Playa del Rey. We played volleyball, soaked up some sun, and took advantage of the uncharacteristically warm ocean waves....

Municipal Green Building Conference Interviews Ryan McEvoy

Watch this great video from this year’s Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo. Our Principal Ryan McEvoy talks about his long-term involvement with the 13 year old conference, he points out benefits of using energy modeling as a design tool, and spends some time talking about Southern California water...

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2014 Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo Video Slideshow

Gaia’s Denise Braun made a fun slideshow of our day at the U.S. Green Building Council – Los Angeles Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo. What a great springtime event — Gaia presented on a Roadmap to Policy Change for California Water and conducted a really fun Quiz Show...

Women in Green Breakfast Q1 2014

Women in Green’s kickoff breakfast of 2014 saw nearly 130 people come to hear a conversation with L.A. Mayor, Eric Garcetti’s Chief of Staff, Ana Guerrero and USGBC Ginsberg Fellow, Heather Rosenberg. We learned about Ana’s personal journey as a daughter of a Mexican farm worker, to a strong...

The Net Positive Conference is just weeks away!

 The Net Positive Conference is just weeks away!    Gaia’s Principal Ryan McEvoy chairs “Water justice in an era of scarcity: the new reality” – part of the Net Zero Water track on Wednesday morning, February 5th.     Excitement continues to build as the International Living Future I...

Dispatches from Greenbuild 2013 – How to Pitch a Good Idea?

One of the hardest aspects in the green building industry is convincing an owner to try out a new energy efficiency strategy, pilot a new product, or set corporate sustainability goals that go above and beyond the industry standard. One panel at Greenbuild 2013 highlighted this challenge and presented...

Dispatches from Greenbuild 2013 – Women in Green Power Breakfast

The second annual National Women in Green Power Breakfast took place Thursday morning at the Marriott Philadelphia.  This year’s event, which focused on the intersection of human health and the built environment, was moderated by Judith Webb, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Development at USGBC. The ...

Dispatches from Greenbuild 2013 – The Rush to Resilience

Photos: From the right: Powers, Edwards, Dixson, Carson.   11/20/2013; 8:00am Session A15: The Rush to Resilience Moderator: Jay Carson – C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group Warren Edwards – Community and Regional Research Institute Bob Dixson – City of Greensburg, KS Jonathan Powers – White Ho...

America Recycles Day – November 15th!

Gaia is participating in this year’s America Recycles Day! – but we’re extending the festivities to cover the whole week. Anyone can join! Sign up your office today!...

Understanding the Living Building Challenge Water Petal Workshop

the Living  Future Institute presents Understanding the Living Building Challenge Water Petal Workshop Collective Solutions, Gaia’s nonprofit arm, is proud to bring to the Los Angeles region this workshop on the Living Building Challenge Water Petal.   Description: The Living Building Challenge Water Petal is in...

Join Gaia at USGBC’s Green Apple Day of Service

Location: King Middle School Maintain & Improve! (Green Apple Day of Service)   Date: September 28, 2013; 9am-4pm   We will maintain and improve several areas of need at Thomas Starr King Middle School. We’re going to do some planting and some garden upkeep, and we’ll address a few other...

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