The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (SCVTA) Board of Directors has approved the adoption of a Green Building Policy.
Officials said the new policy states that SCVTA will incorporate green building principles into the planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance, renovation and deconstruction of all capital, facility and joint-development projects on SCVTA-owned property.
The policy outlines various methods of conserving natural resources, reducing waste and generating a long-term cost savings. SCVTA employees have been directed to incorporate green building principles into SCVTA projects as much as possible, the agency said.
In addition to committing to meet all mandatory measures for nonresidential structures as outlined in the California Green Building Standards Code, SCVTA will also incorporate factors such as on-site recycling and water reuse, sustainable landscaping, renewable energy and LEED indoor air quality standards.
Any project with an overall budget of $100 million or more will also be required to develop and implement a Sustainability Plan that includes a list and description of green building features to be included in the project as well as the designation of a Sustainability Coordinator.
SCVTA is not new to environmental responsibility. The agency approved a Sustainability Program in 2008 and established a goal to incorporate green building principles into SCVTA projects that include new or renovated buildings or other facilities such as parking garages.
SCVTA’s 2017 Sustainability Report is available to view here.