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​The District's Green Building Policy requires  that all new buildings and major renovations obtain at least a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Currently, the SDCCD is on track to obtain 42​ LEED certifications, more than any single organization in San Diego County.

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. ​

​​LEED Projects

SilverSan Diego Mesa CollegeExercise Science Center2017
SilverSan Diego City CollegeScience Building2017
SilverSan Diego Continuing EducationCésar E. Chávez Campus2016
SilverSan Diego City College"C" Building Renovation2016
SilverSan Diego Mesa CollegeSocial and Behavioral Sciences Building2015
GoldSan Diego Miramar CollegeAdministration Building2015
SilverSan Diego Miramar CollegeLibrary Learning Resource Center2015
SilverSan Diego City CollegeMath & Social Sciences Building2015
SilverSan Diego City College"M" Building Renovation2015
SilverSan Diego Miramar CollegeStudent Services Center2015
SilverSan Diego Miramar CollegeRenovate Science Building2015
GoldSan Diego Continuing EducationNorth City Campus2014
SilverSan Diego Mesa CollegeMath+Science Complex2014
SilverSan Diego Continuing EducationECC Wing Expansion2014
SilverSan Diego Continuing EducationClairemont/Linda Vista - Land Acquisition & Building2013
GoldSan Diego Miramar CollegeAviation Maintenance Technology Center2013
SilverSan Diego Miramar CollegeHeavy Duty Advanced Transportation Technology Center2013
PlatinumSan Diego Miramar CollegeParking Structure #1 & Police Substation2012
GoldSan Diego Miramar CollegeAutomotive Technology Career Instructional Building Expansion2012
CertifiedSan Diego City CollegeP Building Renovation2012
GoldSan Diego Mesa CollegeStudent Services Facility2012
GoldSan Diego City CollegeCareer Technology Center2011
SilverSan Diego Miramar CollegeArts & Humanities Building2011
SilverSan Diego Miramar CollegeMathematics & Business Building2011
GoldSan Diego Mesa CollegeAllied Health Education & Training Facility2010
GoldSan Diego Continuing EducationEducational Cultural Complex Skills Center2010
GoldSan Diego Continuing EducationWest City Campus2010
GoldSan Diego Mesa CollegePolice Station2010
CertifiedSan Diego Miramar CollegeHourglass Park Field House2009
SilverSan Diego City CollegeLearning Resource Center2008