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The Hewlett Foundation Building: Environmental Values at Work

Foundation building

The Hewlett Foundation headquarters was the first LEED-certified Gold building in California.

"With the Foundation's long-standing interest in the environment, our goal was to create a building that reflects our values by supporting the emerging green building industry and by providing a healthy and productive workplace."

Mary H. Jaffe, Director
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is concerned with solving complex social and environmental problems. With a practical and results-oriented approach to philanthropy, the Foundation supports innovative as well as time-tested strategies for addressing those problems.

This approach is manifest in the Foundation's building, completed in May 2002. Site, architecture, and interior design create an environment that is beautiful and honors the Foundation's commitment to energy conservation and environmental protection.

The LEED Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system, created by the U.S. Green Building Council, articulates a clear set of environmental principles and goals designed to encourage sustainable buildings. This approach mirrors the Foundation's own ethos of encouraging innovation and seeking to attain demonstrable results.

The Foundation's building was the first in California, and only the fifth in the nation, to receive gold-level certification under the LEED 2.0 standards. The Foundation earned this recognition by addressing a wide range of building-related environmental issues concerning site design, water and energy efficiency, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.

 "LEED Certification identifies your project as a pioneering example of sustainable design and demonstrates your leadership in transforming the building industry and marketplace. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has earned this recognition for excellence in the built environment and a place among the finest measured green buildings."

Christine Ervin
President and CEO, U.S. Green Building Council