Reclaimed timber, FSC ceiling, bamboo floor and casework.
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Environmental Conservation stands as one of the Gordon and
Betty Moore Foundation’s three programmatic pillars, supporting work to change
the ways in which people use natural resources to conserve critical ecological
systems and functions while allowing sustainable use.
According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC),
buildings in the United States represent a significant economic and
environmental opportunity, responsible for:
• 39% of CO2 emissions,
• 40% of energy consumption,
• 13% water consumption,
• 15% of GDP per year.
"Buildings are fundamental to the way human systems integrate with natural
systems. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation project uses natural resources
efficiently and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will in
turn tremendously benefit future generations."
– Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council
The Foundation’s workplace was designated a LEED® (Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design) Platinum certification—the highest level attainable—as
established by USGBC and verified by the
Certification Institute (GBCI). The LEED-CI rating system
articulates standards for high-performance green interiors with a reduced
environmental footprint, decreased costs for operations and maintenance, and a
working environment that is healthy and productive. The project represents the eleventh in California to be awarded the Platinum designation for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI).
Ken Moore, the Foundation’s Director of Evaluation & Technology explained,
“the success of this building project and its LEED certification derives from a
strong partnership with the architects at HPS, the team at Blach, and LEED
experts. Working collaboratively, we fulfilled key sustainability and efficiency
requirements while creating a space that truly manifests innovation, an ideal
that has always been important to our founders.”