Net Zero Energy Commitment

Building toward a healthy more sustainable future

Our Net Zero Energy Commitment

Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges of our time. At the Packard Foundation, addressing this crisis is one of our highest priorities and we know that decisive action must be taken to avoid the most significant impacts.

As we continue to invest in impactful climate solutions through out grantmaking, it is critical that our own actions are aligned with the future we are working toward. Building on our long-term effort to reduce our own footprint, we are committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions of our organizational operations by 2040.

Net-Zero by 2040

Addressing Climate Change is one of our highest priorities and we know that decisive action must be taken to avoid the most significant impacts.

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Our Net Zero Energy Building

Our green building was designed with a net zero energy goal of producing at least as much power as it consumes each year. Its technological and structural features come together with a beautiful, functional design to create a workspace that is good for the planet and for our employees. Through its energy, water, and resource-conserving characteristics, the building has achieved Net Zero Energy Building™ and LEED® Platinum certifications.

Net Zero Energy

Offset 100% of the building’s energy needs by:

  • Electricity production via 915 rooftop solar panels
  • Effective use of daylight to supplement artificial lighting
  • Efficient heating and cooling using innovative chilled beam technology

Water Conservation

Reduce water consumption by 40% through:

  • Storing up to 20,000 gallons of rainwater for irrigation and toilet flushing
  • Use living green roof and rooftop gutters to assist with rainwater collection
  • Irrigate only when and where needed using drip irrigation and smart controls

Materials and Waste

Minimize construction waste by:

  • Recycling 95% of materials from pre-existing buildings
  • Using FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified wood from Oregon
  • Crafting all interior doors from locally salvaged eucalyptus trees

Ecosystem Impact

Care for local ecosystems by:

  • Using 90% California native plants in our landscape to eliminate pesticides needed by foreign plants – see our Plant List
  • Plantings provide familiar food and shelter for local birds and insects and attract native pollinators
  • Using rain gardens and permeable paving to reduce runoff and filter pollutants

Work Environment

Provide comfortable, healthful environment for employees by using:

  • 100% outside air for ventilation
  • Paint, flooring, adhesives and other materials that are low in VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions
  • Operable windows located throughout the building, including floor-to-ceiling glass sliders which open to an enclosed courtyard that offers additional seating.