University Sustainability Coordinator Appointed
Jaiya Ellis was appointed University of the Pacific's Sustainability Coordinator, Vice President Mary Lou Lackey announced today. Ellis started the position on Sept. 1, 2010.
Ellis brings to the position more than three years of experience working with sustainability projects. She served as Program Coordinator at the Center for Environmental Education and Sustainability at Western Kentucky University and this past year as Project Coordinator for Student Life Sustainability Programs at Pacific.
Ellis will continue and expand on the work begun by Dr. Carol Brodie who was appointed the first University Sustainability coordinator in January 2009. Brodie, who was appointed Assistant Dean for Research and Graduate Programs in July, 2010, conducted Pacific's initial Sustainability Tracking and Assessment Rating System (STARS) assessment. She worked closely with the University Sustainability Committee in developing the University's Commitment Statement which was endorsed by student, faculty and staff governing bodies and approved by President Eibeck in February of 2010. In April of 2010 the University held its inaugural Sustainability Month during which students at the McGeorge School of Law broke ground on their community garden.
To address issues of energy and resource use the Board of Regents passed a resolution in October of 2009 committing the University to meet LEED Silver or equivalent standards in all new building construction projects. The recently opened John Chambers Technology Center was designed to meet an even higher standard, LEED Gold. The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, long a leader in dental education, has implemented a digital, rather than paper, record keeping system for its dental clinic and installed motion sensors in all classrooms to reduce unneeded use of electricity.
Ellis will have an office in the John Muir Center, located in Wendell Phillips Center, and can be reached by telephone at 209.946.2763.