"Little Island - Big Ideas" Program Series
How Green Goes Platinum:
Planning a Certified Sustainable Treasure Island
Treasure Island’s redevelopment has been acclaimed as a model for sustainable urban living. This talk explains how those principles shaped the redevelopment plan on its way to achieving the rare LEED-ND Platinum rating.
The concept of “green building” has been with us long enough to enter the everyday lexicon, and many green building strategies are now required in the California State Building code. But what happens when the concepts of sustainability and green building are applied beyond just an individual building envelope, at a district scale? What are the opportunities for integrated infrastructure planning, sustainable transportation, walkable urban design, renewable energy, responses to sea level rise, and healthy, equitable development?
This presentation will describe how Treasure Island’s plan achieved Platinum-level certification under the LEED for Neighborhood Development Rating System, and describe ongoing planning and implementation efforts for one of the highest-scoring neighborhood-scale LEED projects in the world.
Speaker: Aaron Welch is the director for Treasure Island’s LEED-ND certification process. He has directed sustainability plans, urban design guidelines, zoning updates, and healthy development initiatives. He has implemented sustainability in large development projects, cities, and institutions, with direct technical consulting for the U.S. Green Building Council, the U.S. EPA, and many private and non-profit projects around the country. Prior to starting his own practice in 2019, Aaron was a key employee for 12 years at Raimi + Associates. He has served on the faculty at UC Berkeley’s Summer Institute since 2016.