Sustainametrics has successfully managed the LEED certification process with South San Francisco Scavenger Company and Blue Line Transfer (SSFSC) to achieve LEED Certified for their administrative building at 500 E. Jamie Court in South San Francisco, California. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. The team also achieved Energy Star certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
“We are very proud of our LEED and Energy Star certifications,” said Doug Button, President. “They are significant milestones along our path to integrate sustainable thinking into our actions and decisions. LEED allowed us to dig deeply into a variety of goals we set in our Sustainability Plan, and take actions that impact our work in all aspects of our business. These achievements, demonstrate our commitment to using our unique strengths to meet the environmental and social challenges of our times.”
To support the certification effort, Sustainametrics served as project manager for Scavenger on a range of improvements, including: conducting APPA custodial effectiveness assessments, conducting energy efficiency audits and performing building commissioning, upgrading to highly efficient indoor plumbing, landscaping with drought tolerant native plants and installing web-enabled smart irrigation controllers, insulating with blown-in foam, installing an electric vehicle charging station, and reviewing and updating sustainable purchasing and building operations plans and policies. All of these actions support meeting or exceeding the Sustainability Goals and Targets in South San Francisco Scavenger’s Sustainability Report and its commitment to reduce the impact of its operations on the environment, support the local economy and the communities it serves, and provide a safe work place and a positive work experience for its employees.
Since 2006, South San Francisco Scavenger has:
• Completed lighting retrofits, on-site solar photovoltaic energy production, natural gas and biodiesel vehicle fueling transitions, building efficiency improvements, and other process improvements to reduce GHG emissions by 23.54% . This shows significant progress towards its goal of 30% Reduction of 2006 Emissions by 2020.
• Met its goal to achieve a 20% reduction in fleet emissions by 2015, three years early.
• Avoided 19.68 metric tons of GHGs for every metric ton of GHG it emits, through its recycling activities.
• Avoided 65,078 metric tons of carbon equivalents from its material management activities in 2011 alone.
• Reduced landscaping water usage by 20%.
• Have reduced, recycled, or composted 75% of all waste generated in the administration building
• Reduced emissions for mandated airline waste sterilization cooks from 1.33 metric tons of CO2e per cook to 0.06 metric tons of CO2e per cook and simultaneously reduced water usage.