The ClimateWorks Foundation supports public policies that prevent dangerous climate change and promote global prosperity. Our goal is to inspire the adoption of effective policies to limit annual global greenhouse gas emissions to 44 billion metric tons by the year 2020 (25 percent below projections) and 35 billion metric tons by the year 2030 (50 percent below projections) by focusing in the regions and sectors responsible for most of the world’s carbon emissions.
There are five sectors that are responsible for most of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions: transportation, power, industry, land use, and buildings. Among these five, the buildings sector accounts for 40 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, through the use of electricity for lighting and appliances, energy for heating and air conditioning, and related energy-consuming equipment. With our partners in the U.S., E.U., China, and India, ClimateWorks addresses these sources of emissions by promoting standards that reduce energy use in buildings and appliances.
When we began work on our new office space, we recognized the one-time opportunity to put into practice our commitment to energy efficiency and to showcase sustainable building materials and techniques. Among the many features of our LEED-Platinum certified space, our offices include extensive daylighting and advanced lighting sensors, which reduce energy use for lighting and improve our staff’s well-being through access to natural light; sustainable building materials, including locally manufactured furniture, Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood products, and materials made from recycled cork, denim, and office paper; and operable windows, which take advantage of San Francisco’s mild climate to minimize the need for air conditioning. The resulting office has a bright and healthy atmosphere and uses two-thirds less energy for HVAC and one-third less energy for lighting, compared to a typical California office interior.
Sourcing innovative low-impact products and technologies, our team of architects and builders demonstrated an unwavering commitment to sustainable building. Their efforts earned the ClimateWorks offices LEED Platinum for Commercial Interiors certification, with the third highest LEED point total ever awarded, in February 2010.
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