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[Clarification on LEED Gold & Request] Re: Recommended Improvements for Stanford's Middle Plaza - Menlo Park Deserves the same quality as On-Campus Developments

From: domainremoved <Diane>
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2017 23:46:31 +0000

Dear Planning Commissioners and Council Members,
We would like to clarify some confusion around LEED Gold standards on Stanford campus that were discussed at the Planning Commission meeting yesterday. We are grateful for the open dialogue with representatives of Stanford’s Office of Sustainability and Stanford Real Estate, and for their time meeting with us on July 28th. During our discussions with Stanford, we learned that the on-campus building policy was focused on equivalency with LEED Gold standards (as opposed to certification).

In our August 11th comment letter about the Middle Plaza project, we suggested that the project “should demonstrate a commitment to green building by matching the Stanford on-campus building average equivalency to LEED Gold.” (Source: https://sustainable.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/2016%20Stanford%20LEED%20Equivalency%20Analysis%20102716.pdf)
We further explained in a footnote: “Also, in 2010, Stanford Construction Standards required LEED Gold equivalency, though these requirements do not appear in more recent guides.” (Source: Presentation Page 8, https://energy.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/energy_seminar_march_28_final.pdf)

Whether Stanford demonstrates equivalency or certification to LEED Gold for Middle Plaza, we are pleased that there is interest in pursuing it. However, we request a firm commitment, as has been demonstrated by Greenheart’s Station 1300 development and would be required by comparable projects in the Bayfront area.

More importantly, the project should commit to 100 percent renewable energy, in order to avoid undermining the City’s carbon reduction goals of the Climate Action Plan. New developments in the Bayfront area will essentially be zero carbon buildings, and there is no reason why developments in other parts of the city cannot meet this standard.

As Houston and other Gulf cities are deluged with water from mega-storms, and it becomes increasingly apparent that these epic once-in-a century storms are the new normal, we all need to adjust practices, standards, and norms to prevent more high carbon development. Although Stanford’s Middle Plaza project is not legally required to create a zero carbon development, they are well equipped to do so, and it is within City Council’s discretion to require it. Our request is for Stanford’s Middle Plaza development to go beyond LEED Gold to commit to 100% renewable energy, so that fossil fuels are not utilized in the buildings.

Thank you for considering these additional comments.
Diane Bailey, Executive Director
Menlo Spark

From: Diane Bailey <diane_at_(domainremoved)
Date: Friday, August 11, 2017 at 3:50 PM
To: "city.council_at_(domainremoved)
Cc: "allan.bedwell_at_(domainremoved)
Subject: Recommended Improvements for Stanford's Middle Plaza - Menlo Park Deserves the same quality as On-Campus Developments

Dear City Council Members and Planning Commissioners,
It has come to our attention that the proposed Stanford Middle Plaza project will not conform to Stanford’s on-campus sustainability standards, and also won’t meet the policy goals of the City’s updated General Plan. Please find our recommendations and comments attached. We support the recommendations of the Environmental Quality Commission, also attached here for reference.

We hope you will consider updating the requirements for this significant new development to meet the latest City standards as well as those held by Stanford.
Diane Bailey

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