Overall Rating Platinum - expired
Overall Score 85.72
Liaison Kira Stoll
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of California, Berkeley
IN-46: Zero Waste Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Mikayla Tran
SDG & OS Engagement Fellow
Office of Sustainability
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Is the institution currently Zero Waste certified by TRUE or an approved national affiliate of the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA)?:

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In 2017, Haas unveiled its newest building, Connie & Kevin Chou Hall, which was designed to achieve both LEED and WELL certifications. Both certifications are part of the U.S. Green Building Council portfolio.

In 2018—after years of collaborative infrastructural work—Chou Hall became the first academic building in the world to receive the TRUE Zero Waste certification.

Today, Chou Hall serves as a model for environmental sustainability at UC Berkeley and represents a critical step toward the University of California’s Zero Waste by 2020 and beyond and Carbon Neutrality by 2025 goals.


About TRUE certification:
TRUE certification is available for any physical facility and their operations, including buildings owned by: businesses, property managers, schools, government agencies, and nonprofits. In addition to facilities, events are also eligible to receive TRUE certification.


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