Saturday, September 13, 2008
California Launches First State Green Database in the U.S.
3:37 pm pdt
The California Department of General Services
has created and launched the first statewide green online database in the country, to catalog the greening of public buildings
in the state. The database will make such information available to the public.
Commercial buildings use 36 percent
of the state’s electricity and account for a large percentage of greenhouse gas emissions, raw materials use and waste.
Now the public will be able to easily track the state’s progress in reducing the amount of electricity, water usage,
natural gas and other resources used on a daily basis.
Issued in December 2004, the California green building Order
asks that State agencies reduce electricity used in state-owned buildings by 20 percent by the year 2015. The State Initiative
requires new construction to be built to meet all the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED standards. California is an
inspiration to other states and the federal government.