Kudos for Science!

by Kim Steele



                                 Photos by ©Kim Steele for San Francisco Magazine

The U.S. Green Building Council presented the Academy this fall, with its 
second LEED Platinum award, making the California Academy 
of Sciences the world’s first “Double Platinum” museum and the world’s largest Double Platinum building.

The Academy’s operations and maintenance practices were evaluated and earned points across six different categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources.  They excelled in all three categories to earn this prestigious rating.



Designed by award winning Italian architect Renzo Piano, the Academy building houses an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, and world-class research and education programs under one living roof, standing as an embodiment of its 158-year-old mission to explore, explain, and protect the natural world.



In October 2008, the Academy received its first LEED Platinum rating under the “New Construction” category for indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design process.  Founded in 1853, the California Academy of Sciences is one of the world’s preeminent natural history museums and is an international leader in scientific research about the natural world.








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