The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program is an internationally recognized benchmark for high performance green buildings, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. The University of California has a policy to design and build all new buildings to a minimum standard equivalent to LEED Silver.
Tercero Phase II is a certified LEED Gold project. The Cuarto Dining Commons is also LEED Gold, using the Commerical Interiors rating system.
The new Segundo Services Center is a LEED candidate project, expected to achieve LEED Gold.
Aside from rating systems for new construction and major renovations, LEED includes a rating system for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance. Student Housing uses this system as a guide for maintenance of existing buildings. Emerson Hall and Webster Hall are each LEED EB:O&M candidate projects.