University of the Pacific Named One of the Top Green Campuses in the U.S.
Today, the Princeton Review named University of the Pacific one of the top 286 "green" colleges in the United States. The announcement came two days before Earth Day and near the end of Pacific's "Sustainability Month," which included lectures, increased recycling efforts and educational programs designed to increase the University community's awareness of environmental issues.
"The University has made real progress in the past few years to make our three campuses more sustainable, from recent student-led recycling efforts to our Board of Regents passing a green building policy," said Pamela A. Eibeck, President of Pacific. "It's exciting that our efforts are attracting national recognition, especially since we know that sustainability is increasingly important to incoming college students."
Pacific has launched a number of sustainability initiatives. In 2009, it opened the Don and Karen DeRosa University Center, the first LEED-certified building in San Joaquin County. Construction is underway on a second green building, the John T. Chambers Technology Center. The University also formed the President's Sustainability Committee with administrative, faculty and student representatives, to advise University administration on environmental policy and projects.
In October 2009, Pacific's Board of Regents passed a new policy that requires all new buildings to be LEED-certified or the equivalent. The LEED Green Building Rating System is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. On average, they save 30 percent on energy and up to 50 percent on drinkable water compared to conventional buildings.
The University also is completing "Sustainability Month" this week with visits by environmentalist and author Rick Bass at 7 p.m. on the Stockton campus Wednesday and best-selling author Michael Pollan on the Sacramento campus Thursday. Pollan's lecture, which starts at 5:30 p.m., is sold out but will be webcast to the Stockton campus in the DeRosa University Center. Both the Pollan webcast and Bass lectures are free and open to the public.
"The Princeton Review's Guide to 286 Green Colleges" was released this morning and is available online. The list includes universities that have comprehensive policies that encourage energy conservation, recycling, sustainability and environmental literacy. It's based on a survey of hundreds of colleges nationwide and a review of those institutions' commitments to building certification policies, environmental literacy programs, formal sustainability committees, use of renewable energy resources, recycling and conservation programs, and other environmental policies. The free guide can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/greenguide and www.usgbc.org/campus.
For more information on Pacific's sustainability-related initiatives and events, see www.pacific.edu/sustainability.