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    Pacific to hold University’s First Green Fashion Show: Proceeds from Event to Benefit First Generation College Students

    Jul 6, 2010

    When long-legged models glide down the runway during University of the Pacific's first green fashion show on Friday, July 16, they will not be draped in the finest materials designers can find. Instead, these brave souls will be donning dresses made from second hand clothing, phone books and tattered table cloths.

    The growing movement known as "eco fashion" will make its debut at Pacific during the Community Involvement Program Benefit Fashion Show. The event is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the DeRosa University Center, Pacific's first green building on campus. Tickets are $45 each and can be purchased at the door.

    The fashion show is part of a university-wide effort to promote sustainability and to become a more environmentally-friendly campus. Proceeds from the fashion show will support Pacific's Community Involvement Program, also known as CIP. The scholarship program supports students from low-income families who live in Stockton. The students are part of the first generation in their families to attend college. 

    "What better way to celebrate Pacific's commitment to its students and sustainability than by having an event dedicated to both," said Pov Chin, director of the CIP Program. "This fashion show will allow us to celebrate CIP's spirit of community involvement, support the education of our students, and raise environmental awareness on campus."

    During the fashion show, local models will display original designs made from recycled and environmentally-friendly materials. Featured garments will include dresses made partly from an old Yellow Pages phone directory, a hat made from crushed pieces of water bottles, necklaces made out of water bottle caps, and a skirt made from an umbrella. Models will display at least one green garment for each of the nine designers participating.

    The DeRosa University Center will provide a fitting environment for the fashion show. After opening in September 2008, it became the first LEED-certified building in San Joaquin County. 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. 

    In October 2009, Pacific's Board of Regents passed a new policy that requires all new campus buildings to be LEED-certified or the equivalent. The move was one in a series of steps the University has taken to become a more sustainable campus. Earlier this year Pacific also joined a nationwide competition among colleges and universities seeking to reduce the most waste and recycle the most materials over a 10-week period.

    For its recent environmental efforts, Pacific was named one of the top green colleges in the country by Princeton Review in April. The announcement came two days before Earth Day and near the end of Pacific's first "Sustainability Month," which included lectures, increased recycling efforts and educational programs designed to increase the University community's awareness of environmental issues.

    (If you are not able to make the event you can still make a donation to CIP or buy a ticket to support the students.)

    To purchase tickets or for more information contact Pov Chin at pchin@pacific.edu or 209.946.2436.