University of the Pacific Featured in The Princeton Review's Guide To 311 Green Colleges
For the second consecutive year, University of the Pacific has been identified as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada by The Princeton Review. Pacific is listed in the free downloadable book "The Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition." The guide can be found online.
"Pacific's student body has repeatedly said that environmental concerns are a top priority for them and the University has reacted to meet those needs," said Jaiya Ellis, Pacific's sustainability coordinator. "We are proud that we are getting recognition for the many changes we have made in the past few years, and hope to continue to make more positive improvements toward sustainability."
In this year's edition, the Guide highlighted Pacific's LEED Silver building and renovation policy which requires all new buildings and major renovations of existing buildings to meet the LEED Silver level of certification. Pacific has built two LEED-certified buildings in the past three years - the Don and Karen DeRosa University Center and the John T. Chambers Technology Center. A third LEED-certified building is expected to be completed this summer - the Vereschagin Alumni House.
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. The program was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C.
The LEED system is designed to promote a "whole-building approach to sustainability" through five key areas of human and environmental health; sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. LEED-certified projects usually cost less to operate and maintain than conventional buildings largely because they are energy- and water- efficient. On average, they save 30 percent on energy and up to 50 percent on drinkable water compared to conventional buildings.
The Princeton Review also emphasized the work of the Natural Resources Institute's efforts in helping to inform and facilitate the development of California water policy.
Since the Princeton survey was conducted, the University has implemented a three-campus purchasing policy that incorporates the Pacific's commitment to supplier diversity, local businesses and sustainability. More about hat effort can be found online.
Pacific recently finished its second annual celebration of Sustainability Month which included lectures, films and activities on all three Pacific campuses. The Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco hosted a two-day E-Waste Recycling Event which was open to both the Pacific and neighboring communities. Student groups at the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento hosted a "Party for the Planet" which featured organic food and drinks. On the Stockton campus, Mandi McKay, Sustainability Coordinator for Sierra Pacific Brewing, shared their corporation's approach to sustainability.
Created by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), "The Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges" profiles institutions of higher education that demonstrate a notable commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. The Princeton Review chose the schools based on a survey of administrators conducted in 2010 at hundreds of colleges. The guide has profiles of the colleges that provide application information plus facts, stats, and write-ups reporting on the schools' environmentally related policies, practices and academic offerings.