by Sarah J.F. Braley | September 29, 2015
The South San Francisco Conference Center, near San Francisco International Airport, has been awarded LEED Gold status under the "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance" category.

"By achieving GOLD certification under LEED, the South San Francisco Conference Center has joined an elite group of buildings in California, and is internationally recognized for outstanding sustainability performance and operational excellence," said Dean  Grubl, the facility's executive director.

It took more than a year and a half to document all the work that went into the certification. To achieve the certification, the center:

• Installed high-efficiency HVAC equipment, LED lighting and controls, and low-flow sinks and urinals;
• Instituted a practice where outdoor site maintenance is conducted by picking up trash by hand, vs. using powered equipment;
• Began purchasing environmentally friendly cleaning products for carpets, windows and pest management; and
• Established policies to buy only environmentally friendly equipment for the interior, including reduced mercury lamps, office equipment and supplies.

Many of the conference center's full-time employees use alternative transportation, including carpooling, public transportation, biking, walking and fuel-efficient vehicles, for nearly 40 percent of the work week, adding to the efficiency of the facility.

"I'm really proud of all of our employees and the work they do to make sure that not only are we offering best-in-class service, but we're doing it with an environmental conscience," said Grubl.

The South San Francisco Conference Center offers 20,500 square feet of meeting space, a 6,300-square-foot atrium, a full kitchen, on-site catering and A/V, and complimentary parking.