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City of San José Municipal Green Building Program
San José’s commitment to green building began in November 1998 when the City Council approved the creation of a Green Building Task Force. Subsequently, the City’s Green Building Program was established in 2001, and with its launch, San José began and continues to build a legacy of “firsts” in green building:
  • First city in Santa Clara County to adopt a municipal Green Building Policy (2001)
  • First public library certified by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) - West Valley Branch Library (2004)
  • First and only city in the nation to participate in the USGBC’s Portfolio Program Pilot (2007)
  • First city in Santa Clara County to adopt a Green Building Policy requiring mandatory certification for private sector projects based on project type and size (2008)
  • First municipal building in the nation to achieve USGBC LEED-EB (Existing Building) Platinum certification - San José City Hall (2009)

The municipal Green Building Policy was updated in 2007 to require all building projects constructing or adding more than 10,000 square feet of occupied space (as defined in the adopted building code) be designed and constructed to achieve at a minimum the USGBC LEED Silver level of certification with a goal of reaching LEED Gold or Platinum. View descriptions and factsheets of some of the City's certified green buildings.