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Sustainable Building Practices in California State Buildings

The State of California, until recently, did not have a centralized, coordinated effort to define and integrate sustainable building practices in the State's capital outlay design and construction process. Efforts to define and implement these practices started in 1999, when the Legislature required the incorporation of sustainable building measures in a large state office building complex.

These successful efforts led to the formation of a multi-agency task force to address sustainable issues for all state buildings. In response to an executive order issued by Governor Gray Davis, the task force prepared a report recommending strategies and action items necessary to incorporate sustainable practices in future state projects. The task force is also working on issues related to sustainable procurement practices. This paper describes how these efforts were originally envisioned, how they were developed and implemented, what barriers were encountered, and the lessons learned during this process.


Alevantis, Leon, Kathy Frevert, Rick Muller, Hal Levin, and Arnold Sowell, Sustainable Building Practices In California State Buildings. Indoor Air 2002, Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, Vol. 3, pp. 666-671.

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