Betty Irene Moore Natural Sciences Building
Mills College-Oakland, CA

Mills College's Betty Irene Moore Natural Sciences Building has received a "platinum" distinction, becoming the first building in Oakland to earn the highest certified rating in environmental design and construction.

The 26,000 square-foot, $ 17 million, state-of-the-art Mills facility brought together programs such as psychology, biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, biopsychology, chemistry, and environmental science under one roof to encourage interdisciplinary study. It was built to advance one of Mills' core commitments to women's leadership in the sciences.

Its green elements include: recycled carpeting; automatic sensors to switch lights on or off; tall windows to increase the depth of natural light and decrease the use of artificial lights; energy efficient glass windows; and photovoltaic panels on the roof that provide 30 percent of the building's electrical needs.