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Energy Innovation Center earns second LEED certification

San Diego Gas & Electric’s Energy Innovation Center has become the first facility in the region to earn double-LEED Platinum certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The newly-earned certification came for 2013, certifying the building LEED Platinum in the category of existing buildings operations and maintenance. In 2012, the facility earned its first LEED Platinum certification for new construction.

“The LEED Platinum certification for the operations and maintenance of the Energy Innovation Center is a testament to the dedication and commitment of our employees to sustainability and environmentally friendly practices,” Caroline Winn, SDG&E’s vice president of customer services, said. “From biking to work and carefully ensuring each piece of waste is disposed of properly on site, our team at the Energy Innovation Center is setting an example for how we can all work together as a region to save energy and protect our natural resources."

The 27,000-square-foot demonstration facility offers a place for SDG&E residential and business customers to learn about energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainability and alternative fuel technologies. It offers businesses training classes on green building practices and has announced new classes in 2014 for residential customers.

More than 30,000 visited the facility in 2013.

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