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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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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...

Repost: California added more rooftop solar capacity in 2013 than in the past 30 years combined!

The byline says it all: “From 1 gigawatt to 2 gigawatts in a single year”   The article highlights the decreased cost of “doing solar” and charts out that the largest percentage of nation-wide soalr installations are happening in the middle income bracket.   Read about it on: treehugger...

Cuningham Group Featured in Bisnow

Congratulations to Cuningham Group for the feature in today’s Bisnow post! #teamGAIA did the commissioning for their featured new office in Culver City – helping to guarantee their 50% reduction in power consumption. Not only is Culver City an increasingly accessible location, but it’s deep history with Lo...

Gaia Writes: Reflections on LEED EB:O&M – Benefits and Analysis

by Chris McKinley, Project Manager   LEED expertise and excellent clients lead to increased sustainability achievements   In addition to Gaia’s work on design and construction for new facilities using the LEED for New Construction rating systems, we have recently certified three (3) facilities in Southern Califo...

Recap of Hillary Clinton’s Keynote Address at the 2013 Greenbuild Conference

USGBC’s President & CEO, Rick Fedrizzi started the conversation with the success and potential the movement has seen in their Women in Green Breakfast meetings. Clinton responded by recognizing that most small farmers are women – noting that the Clinton Foundation has been working on providing the support these...

Repost: 6 ways Apple’s new mothership will be ultra green

More details about Apple’s new headquarters…with 6 notable components: fruit trees, renewables, net-zero building design, attention to water conservation, an expanded waste management program and a sharpened focus on commuting alternatives.   Read about it on greenbiz.com...

UCLA’s Oppenheim Lecture Series

Presenter: Allan Jones MBE, I.Eng, FIET; FRSA, Chief Development Officer, Energy and Climate Change, City of Sydney   The city of Sidney created a plan to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 70% until  2030 and their plans are to be 100% independent in energy and water.   A...

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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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