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Sustainable (Green) Building

Blueprint Tasks:

Below is Action Item 10 and associated tasks from the strategy, Building Better Buildings: A Blueprint for Sustainable State Facilities (Blueprint). The Blueprint contains a ten-point plan to implement the Governor's sustainable building goal. Links to key deliverables are provided, if available.

Action Item 10 Provide Task Force assistance to other federal, state, and local agencies in key infrastructure areas. Due Date


Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS). Continue participating with CHPS to develop workshops for school officials, architects, and engineers; refine the CHPS Best Practices Manual; and provide technical assistance on their model high performance schools grant projects.



University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) Systems. Assist the UC and CSU systems with their sustainable building programs and actively participate in the planning and design activities associated with the UC Merced campus (including their sustainable building conference).



Community Colleges (CCC). Assist the CCC system in providing training; expanding its energy management program; identifying and supporting the development of model capital outlay projects (e.g., De Anza College project); and incorporating an integrated design, life cycle costing, and post-occupancy evaluation process into its capital outlay process.



Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF). Continue working with CDF to integrate sustainable building practices into its new construction and renovation projects.



State Hospitals. Identify opportunities to incorporate sustainable building practices into state and local hospital projects. 



Housing and Community Development (HCD). Assist HCD in developing sustainable building grant criteria for its various programs, and identify other areas where incorporating sustainable building practices is appropriate.



Commission on Building for the 21st Century. Provide technical assistance in drafting the final report and assist the Commission in implementing any recommendations that pertain to sustainable building activities.



California State Library. Continue working with the California State Library to explore training opportunities and incorporate sustainable building practices into its grant criteria.

January 2002


Los Angeles Exposition Park Sustainable Building Task Force. Provide ongoing technical assistance to the Los Angeles Exposition Park Sustainable Building Task Force in the development of its design guidelines and project specifications, pursuant to the Green Action Plan.



Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). Continue working with DPR to integrate sustainable building practices into its new construction and renovation projects. Develop a training program specific to DPR capital outlay staff.



Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR). Collaborate with the Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation to develop a model sustainable correctional treatment facility prototype.



Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). Provide technical assistance on the development of the new headquarters project; monitor the PERS high performance building investment strategy; and explore opportunities to promote sustainable building practices in other state financing and investment programs (e.g., the State Teachers Retirement Fund, State Treasurer, and the Infrastructure Bank and other programs within the Technology, Trade, and Commerce Agency).



Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Continue providing technical assistance on the new district offices in San Diego and Los Angeles. These projects should become part of the Leadership Building effort. Identify other opportunities to incorporate recycled content materials and other sustainable specifications into the Caltrans road construction program.



Proper Siting Considerations. Develop a partnership with the State Treasurer's Office to assist in the implementation of the various initiatives under the 'smart Investments Program.



Utilities. Work with investor owned utilities to improve and expand the use and effectiveness of the Savings By Design program. Explore sustainable building partnership opportunities with the municipal utilities.



Department of General Services.
  • Maximize opportunities for front-end sustainable building design by working with the Department of Finance and the Department of General Services on augmented capital outlay budget packages.
  • Infuse the Department of General Services Excellence in Public Buildings Initiative with outstanding sustainable building practices through the development of a design competition, a Governor's awards program, and post-occupancy evaluation criteria for state buildings.
  • Support the Sustainable Procurement Task Force's efforts to develop specifications and programs for the purchase of sustainable, energy efficient, and recycled content products, services, and materials.
  • Develop sustainable building performance, maintenance, and operation standards.
  • Benchmark state facilities using the federal government's Energy Star for Buildings Program.
  • Conduct a series of meetings between the Sustainable Building Task Force and the Excellence in Public Buildings working group at DGS to determine roles and responsibilities.
  • Continue partnership activities with the California Commissioning Collaborative and California Fuel Cell Partnership.



Local, State, and Federal Government. Explore partnership opportunities with other cities, states, and the federal government, (e.g., the federal Rebuild America Program, Seattle's and Pennsylvania's sustainable building programs, and the California Green Building Collaborative).



Private and Non-Profit Sectors. Work with members of the California Building Owners and Managers Association, the United States Green Building Council, Global Green, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and others on sustainable building activities.


Last updated: September 4, 2014
Green Building
Greg Dick:  (916) 341-6489