San Francisco Goes Platinum

The U.S. Green Building Council has certified over 101.5 million square feet of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) buildings in San Francisco. A globally recognized symbol of achievement in sustainability.

Look at some of San Francisco’s greenest buildings. Having received the LEED Platinum certification, the highest possible rating, these sustainable builds are leading the way in green building and architecture all over the world.

The greenest place

As most of us already know San Francisco’s green building policy has always focused on finding the balance between present needs and future resources. This place is home to global leaders in the design, construction, and operation of sustainable architecture. Its Sustainable City initiative is dedicated to the long-term sustainability of the city’s natural and constructed environment, and public officials are committed to leading by example, applying the highest sustainability standards to buildings owned and managed by the city government as well.

A globally recognized symbol of achievement in sustainability, LEED is the most used green building rating and certification system in the world, providing a framework to create highly efficient, cost-effective sustainable buildings.

Here are some of the most sustainable buildings in San Francisco:

City Hall

San Francisco City Hall is LEED Platinum certified. (Photo by ABC7)

Over a hundred years old, San Francisco’s City Hall is the oldest building in the United States to receive a LEED Platinum certification in the existing building operations and management category. This means that the building has gone through sustainable improvements but with little to no construction. Instead, City Hall has been revamped with water and energy-saving upgrades.

California Academy of Sciences

The living room at the California Academy of Sciences. (Photo courtesy CALACADEMY)

The California Academy of Sciences is also one of the largest museums in the world, housing over 26 million specimens. With an aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum all under one roof, the academy’s mission is to explore, explain and sustain life on Earth.Efficient building design was also a major component in the academy receiving LEED Platinum certification.


The waterfront at the Exploratorium. (Photo by ARCHDAILY)

The Exploratorium is a public learning laboratory that allows visitors to explore the world through art, science and human perception. Many sustainable innovations are helping the Exploratorium get closer to its goal of being the first and largest net zero museum in the world, meaning it would generate at least the amount of energy that it consumes annually.

EcoCenter at Heron’s Head

The exterior of the EcoCenter. (Photo by BAY ECOTARIUM)

Located in southeast San Francisco, the EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park is a one-of-a-kind environmental education facility that integrates experience-based learning and habitat restoration. A living classroom, the EcoCenter is also a paragon for sustainable resource use and green building and the first LEED Platinum zero-net-energy building in San Francisco.

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