Green Persuasion

The Orinda City Hall's meeting room in Orinda, Calif.

A front view of the Orinda City Hall in Orinda, Calif.

The Orinda City Hall is designed to take advantage of natural ventilation to eliminate energy-intensive compressor cooling.

The library reading room at the Portola Valley Town Center in Portola Valley, Calif., is awash in natural light.

Sustainable elements at Portola Valley Town Center include the use of reclaimed wood from a 1950s building that was on site.

Portola Valley Town Center, which received LEED Platinum certification from the USGBC, includes rooftop photovoltaic panels, radiant heating, and natural ventilation strategies.

At Orinda City Hall, a covered walkway connects two sections of the building and maintains a pre-existing pathway from points uphill to the downtown below.

The Yountville Town Center comprises the community hall on the left and the town center and library on the right.

Yountville Town Center and Library, community hall interior.

Yountville Town Center and Library site plan.

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