City Transit Gets the Gold
The City of Santa Clarita’s Transit Maintenance Facility was awarded a “Gold” rating from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.
LEED is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. The LEED plaque is recognized nationwide as proof that a building is environmentally responsible, profitable and a healthy place to live and work.
“This recognition is an honor to receive because it acknowledges our City’s commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility. Each year our City strives to reduce operating costs, conserve our natural resources and create a cleaner, healthier Santa Clarita,” commented Mayor Marsha McLean.
The Transit Maintenance Facility is a state of the art “green” building, which allows the City to house, maintain and clean its fleet of buses, saving the City more than $1 million annually. The facility includes an administration building, a bus maintenance building, an automated bus wash, diesel and compressed natural gas (CNG) stations and parking to accommodate 110 buses plus 163 automobile parking spaces. The Transit Maintenance Facility is located in the Rye Canyon Industrial Park.
LEED-certified buildings reduce waste sent to landfills, conserve energy and water, reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, have lower operating costs and increased asset values. Businesses that qualify for certification receive tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives.
To earn certification, a building project must meet certain prerequisites and performance benchmarks credits within each category. Projects are awarded Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum certification depending on the number of credits they achieve.
For additional information about the Transit Maintenance Facility or the Capital Improvements Division, please visit http://www.santa-clarita.com/cip/.