According to the USGBC, its annual awards recognize individuals and organizations for their trailblazing work in “pushing the boundaries of the green building movement in Northern California and beyond.”
DGS has been integral in shaping the state’s green building policies and initiatives. California was the first government entity in the country to require Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification of its new, as well as existing buildings. With approximately 140 state-owned and leased LEED certified buildings (over 18 million square feet), DGS continues to drive LEED certification efforts in California.
DGS serves as business manager for the state of California. Under the leadership of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., DGS has adopted a green way of thinking about its buildings, vehicle fleet policies and purchasing practices. DGS is leading by example to green its operations in order to reduce the department’s impact on the environment, combat climate change and save taxpayer dollars in the process.