Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 78.50
Liaison Kira Stoll
Submission Date Aug. 16, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of California, Berkeley
IN-24: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jack Chang
STARS Assessment Fellow (ERG)
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Chou Hall: green, healthy & the first U.S. certified zero waste academic building

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

This new campus building features efficient heating, cooling, solar panels and lighting systems, rainwater cisterns and 24,300 square feet of exterior windows. With these intentionally designed features and more, this building is heading for both LEED Platinum certification and WELL certification.

Additionally Chou Hall is now operating as a zero waste building. A team of staff and students are working to ensure Chou Hall becomes the first academic building in the U.S. to be zero waste certified through US Green Building Council. With no landfill bins in the building, the team is promoting a “pack it in, pack it out” culture. They are educating and supporting people to phase out single-use, disposable materials in favor of reusable food and water containers and other supplies. The team is also working closely with event planners and caterers to showcase fabulous events that are 100% trash-free. The building secured a lease with the on-site food vendor, that is adhering to the zero waste practices and serving healthy sustainable food.

The zero waste team’s efforts are working. Monthly waste audits shows that 90% or more of the materials leaving the building can be recycled or composted. Chou Hall and the team’s creative approach to behavior change is fast becoming a model of zero waste practices for the Berkeley campus.

The Berkeley campus expects all three sustainability related certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council this year.

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Campus Engagement

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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