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Residential Community earns LEED Gold Certification

The residential community, opened in 2018, is the ninth LEED-certified building on campus.

Cal Poly’s newest residential community, yakʔitʸutʸu, has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for being inclusive, healthy and efficient, and home to cost-saving green building features.

Located off Grand Avenue and opened to students in September of 2018, the $198 million community includes seven three- to five-story residential buildings, containing a total of 1,475 beds, and an adjacent four-level parking structure — all of which were designed and built with social and environmental sustainability as a primary objective. The complex also celebrates the yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini language, land, people, history and future.

“yakʔitʸutʸu — which means ‘our community’ in the yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini, Northern Chumash language — was named in honor of and in partnership with the indigenous peoples of San Luis Obispo County,” said Jo Campbell, associate vice president for Student Affairs and executive director of University Housing. “It was designed from the ground up to be inclusive, engaging and student-centered.”

The four-tiered LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership from the U.S. Green Building Council. yakʔitʸutʸu is the ninth LEED-certified project at Cal Poly.