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Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business Building is Recognized for Green Achievements

Oakland, CA—October 28, 2011. On November 1, 2011, the Mills College Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business is being recognized by the City of Oakland for the significant integration of sustainable design features in the campus building.

In April 2010, the building was also awarded the United States Green Building Council’s LEED Gold Certification, the first business school building in California to earn this distinction.

“We are honored to be recognized by the City of Oakland for our achievements in sustainable building construction,” said Renée Jadushlever, chief of staff and vice president for operations at Mills College. “The architectural ingenuity of the building is firmly rooted in our commitment to environmental stewardship.”

Designed to inspire success, the innovative home of the Lokey Graduate School of Business combines the best of contemporary architecture and educational technology with sustainability. Some of the advanced green features of the building include a living green roof with drought-tolerant plants, rainwater collection system, radiant-heated concrete floors, and other features that reduce the building’s water and energy consumption. With floor-to-ceiling windows, abundant natural light, and open spaces designed for collaboration, the building reflects the school’s commitment to educating socially and environmentally responsible business leaders. The building’s Gathering Hall that flanks the building hosts lectures from the Business School’s Center for Socially Responsible Business.

Designed by the award-winning architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, the Lokey Graduate School of Business building, which opened in 2009, was the second Mills College facility to meet rigorous standards as a LEED-certified facility. Mills' Betty Irene Moore Natural Sciences Building received a platinum rating in 2007, becoming the first building in Oakland to earn this distinction.

About Mills College

Nestled in the foothills of Oakland, California, Mills College is a nationally renowned, independent liberal arts college offering a dynamic progressive education that fosters leadership, social responsibility, and creativity in approximately 950 undergraduate women and more than 600 graduate women and men. The College ranks as one of the Best 376 Colleges in the country and one of the greenest colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. US News & World Report ranked Mills one of the top-tier regional universities in the country and lists it among the top colleges and universities in the West in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. For more information, visit

Last Updated: 10/28/11