California Lottery

Environmental Impact

The Lottery's LEED Gold (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) headquarters building has many "green" features that help reduce energy usage and water consumption.

Reducing our carbon footprint

A major part of the Lottery’s business operations depends on providing in-store customer service to Lottery retailers and getting tickets out to locations throughout the state. One of the new ways the Lottery continues to do its part in reducing CO2 emissions is through the replacement older vehicles with energy efficient cars. Ten Toyota Prius sedans are replacing model year 2007 Chevrolet Impalas, which should save the Lottery approximately $2,800 per year on fuel based on 15,000 miles driven and current fuel prices.

The Lottery recently implemented a new ticket return process for District Sales Representatives and Route Sales Representatives. They are now shipping ticket returns to the Northern Distribution Center from UPS Stores or Drop Boxes. This eliminates having to go back to the district office throughout the month to deliver tickets, reduces travel time and gas consumption and the wear and tear on vehicles.

Energy Savings

High performance windows were installed to keep heat out and a system with thermal ice storage helps cool the building — energy usage projected to lower by 32%.

The adhesives, sealants, paints and carpets had no fumes and very low volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The space plan has cubicles on the perimeter of the building with offices on the interior. This helps to maximize natural day lighting.

The building also has a daylight harvesting system that automatically controls the light fixtures and perimeter window shades. This daylight harvesting system is projected to reduce energy costs by $36,000 per year.

Solar panels installed on the roof of the Pavilion offset another 7% of the total energy cost of the building.

Sustainable Site

More than 17% of the cost of the materials used in the construction of the building contained recycled content and nearly all of the wood products installed in this building were harvested from sustainable forests.

A vegetated “green roof” was installed to help keep the roof cool, thereby using less energy to cool the building. The roof also reduces and filters storm water run-off and reuses that water to keep the “green roof” irrigated.

Water quality basins that act as planter boxes are filled with plants that are watered by storm water runoff.

Alternate transportation (two bus lines and a light rail station) are within one-quarter mile from the site encouraging employees to carpool. There are also on-site bicycle lockers and showers for employees who bike to work.

Water Efficiency

Water use has been reduced by the installation of high performance plumbing fixtures, which reduce the water use in all restrooms by 35%.

The irrigation system may reduce water consumption by 58% over typical installations.