"Little Island - Big Ideas" Lecture Series



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Next "Little Island, Big Ideas" Lecture:

June 26, 2021

How Green Goes Platinum:

Planning a Certified Sustainable Treasure Island

Treasure Island’s redevelopment has been acclaimed as a model for sustainable urban living. This talk explains how those principles shaped the redevelopment plan on its way to achieving the rare LEED-ND Platinum rating.

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The concept of “green building” has been with us long enough to enter the everyday lexicon, and many green building strategies are now required in the California State Building code. But what happens when the concepts of sustainability and green building are applied beyond just an individual building envelope, at a district scale? What are the opportunities for integrated infrastructure planning, sustainable transportation, walkable urban design, renewable energy, responses to sea level rise, and healthy, equitable development?


This presentation will describe how Treasure Island’s plan achieved Platinum-level certification under the LEED for Neighborhood Development Rating System, and describe ongoing planning and implementation efforts for one of the highest-scoring neighborhood-scale LEED projects in the world.

Speaker: Aaron Welch is the director for Treasure Island’s LEED-ND certification process. He   has directed sustainability plans, urban design guidelines, zoning updates, and healthy development initiatives. He has implemented sustainability in large development projects, cities, and institutions, with direct technical consulting for the U.S. Green Building Council, the U.S. EPA, and many private and non-profit projects around the country. Prior to starting his own practice in 2019, Aaron was a key employee for 12 years at Raimi + Associates. He has served on the faculty at UC Berkeley’s Summer Institute since 2016.

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Until further notice, lectures will be held online. You must register to receive a Zoom login link.

These ongoing talks on the past, present and future of Treasure Island cover topics including Treasure and Yerba Buena Island history, San Francisco world’s fairs, naval history, current island activities and redevelopment, island sustainability, the Golden Gate International Exposition, and art and architecture on Treasure Island.

Construction Notice:  As redevelopment progresses, street and transit access and parking will be in flux. Here are current directions, but they will change from time to time.

Driving, as you approach Building One, after the stop sign, turn right into the parking lot. The Muni 25 stop has been reinstated on Avenue of the Palms between California and 3rd Street near Building One (inbound) and across from the inbound stop on Avenue of the Palms between California and 3rd Street (outbound to San Francisco).

See the Directions page for maps and directions to the safer new westbound Bay Bridge on-ramp.

The “Little Island, Big Ideas” lecture series is presented with support from the Treasure Island Development Authority and funding from the Historic Preservation Fund of the City and County of San Francisco, Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

Coming Lectures

To Be Announced

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