[Opening Day of the Academy of Sciences via Craig Scott. Click photo for a larger version]
While the aesthetic appeal of the California Academy of Sciences is often debated, it's sustainable aspects are not. It's already received the highly coveted Platinum ranking from the United States Green Building Council when construction of the building was completed, which is the highest ranking the USGBC gives out. And now it's amongst 4 other buildings that have received not one but two platinum rankings. The museum recently received a second Platinum ranking from the council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program for its operations and maintenance. How'd it score the new ranking? The living roof by Rana Creek features mostly natural species and the museum only uses 100% post-consumer recycled paper in its printers, amongst other reasons. Congrats, Academy of Sciences!
· Academy of Sciences honored with another green building award [SFGate]