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King Library LEED certification

This research guide describes the green features of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, as defined by the LEED certification for the Operations & Maintenance for existing buildings, and focuses on the interconnections of buildings, community and self.

LEED Credit: Sustainable Sites

LEED Sustainable Sites (SS) overview

LEED Credit Library

Remember the 3 E's of Sustainability: (Social) Equity, Environment, Economics!

Downtown 4th & San Fernando (Time Lapse)

Trevor D. [Time Lapse] Downtown San Jose: 4th Street and San Fernando, February 28, 2014,

MLK's environmental impact

Does the King Library contribute to light pollution?  How?  

Where is rainwater directed?  

Where are the storm drains located? 

Does the landscape allow for storm water to drain into plants, trees, or grass?

Is there evidence of the library reducing its heat island impact? 


SJSU Time Lapse (MLK Library, Campus Side)

The Ecosystem

  • What type of land was the King Library built on?
  • What types of vegetation surrounds the library?
  • Are there any native plants/grasses in the area?
  • What type of animals live in the King Library environment?

The Neighborhood

  • What types of buildings are located near the King Library? 
  • What is their relationship?
  • What types of businesses are by the library?  
  • What type of relationship exists between the users of the library and the local businesses?