The Policy also requires that 10% of a project's total energy is generated from renewable resources such as solar and thermal energy. Solar installations are now in place on buildings and parking structures throughout the District.
LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification, providing third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies and techniques aimed at improving energy savings and water efficiency, reducing CO2 emissions, indoor environmental quality, and improving stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. San Diego Gas & Electric indicates the reduced energy use for these green buildings will return significant annual cost savings of approximately $370,000. In all, the SDCCD is on track to obtain a total of 42 LEED certifications - more than any other higher education institution locally - and including 25 LEED Silver, 12 Gold, one Platinum, and four Certified buildings. The Miramar College Police Station, is certified LEED Platinum, the highest designation possible and the first higher-education facility in San Diego County to be awarded as such.