The public is invited to tour the Palo Alto Weekly's new three-story building at 450 Cambridge Ave. and enjoy refreshments at an open house Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Weekly's 10,000-square-foot headquarters building has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, realizing a dream hatched more than four years ago to build Palo Alto's first such facility and to be a model for future commercial "green" development.
LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the nation's pre-eminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.
The Weekly achieved the Gold-level certification due to green design and construction features that substantially reduced energy and water use, utilized local and sustainable building materials and provided amenities for employees that make for a healthier and more comfortable work environment.
"We wanted to use this project as an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to sustainability and to create a building that will be healthy and comfortable for our employees, as well as a model for future developers," said Bill Johnson, Weekly publisher and president of Embarcadero Media, the company he formed in 1979 to start the paper.
The Weekly's open house coincides with "To Life," a Jewish cultural street festival taking place that day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on California Avenue.
Palo Alto Weekly Open House
What: Free tour of the Weekly's LEED Gold building, with refreshments
When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday (Oct. 10)