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Santa Monica Home to First Certified Green Parking Structure in U.S.


The City of Santa Monica, CA has recently finished construction of the only U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified parking structure. The city is proud to showcase the holistic elements of green building employed, including sustainable building materials, photovoltaic roof shade canopies, storm drain water treatment and high efficiency mechanical systems. 

The City of Santa Monica, CA has recently finished construction of the only U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified parking structure. The city is proud to showcase the holistic elements of green building employed, including sustainable building materials, photovoltaic roof shade canopies, storm drain water treatment and high efficiency mechanical systems.   

The garage adds much-needed public parking, as well as reserved spaces for public safety vehicles, bicycles and electric vehicle charging stations. The building includes tenant space.  Several public art designs by Mark Lere are integrated into the structure, and the building exterior is accented by colorful glass channels and architectural lighting designed by Moore, Ruble, Yudell Architects and Planners of Santa Monica. A grand opening was held March 27, 2007.

Santa Monica has a long history of successfully incorporating sustainability principles and alternative fuel vehicles into its operations and participating in regional efforts to promote sustainability. There are currently five LEED certified buildings in the city, while Los Angeles, a city with 40 times the population has six LEED certified buildings. Santa Monica adopted its first Sustainable Santa Monica plan in 1994, a decade before most cities started thinking about the ecological footprint of their operations.

For more information about the Santa Monica Green Building Program, please visit www.smgreen.org or email environment@santa-monica.org

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