Community Engagement

Sustainability Efforts Move Forward with New Restore Partnership

Habitat for Humanity will reduce Pacific’s waste by reusing goods from campus renovations
Pacific employees load a Habitat for Humanity truck with donated used furnitureBy Randall Gee

University of the Pacific is now sending slightly used furniture and other building materials to Habitat for Humanity, where it will be sold to help support the non-profit organization. Above, Pacific employees load a Habitat for Humanity truck with donated goods.

By Lily PenfoldFeb 28, 2012
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University of the Pacific is sending less garbage to the landfill.

Beginning this semester, Habitat for Humanity and Pacific partnered to rescue building materials, construction waste, and gently used furniture that is no longer needed by the University, but could be of value to the non-profit housing organization.

Habitat for Humanity assists those in need of a home, and sells excess construction materials and furniture in their retail stores, known as "Restore". In the past, Pacific sent these unwanted items to already compacted landfills. This venture diverts those materials from the landfill and allows Habitat for Humanity to reuse or resell, which will help raise money for the organization.

"Habitat for Humanity is thrilled with this new arrangement," said Scott Heaton director of Support Services. "This partnership is a great move for the University and for the sustainability efforts of the campus community."

This partnership is just one of many University enterprises intended to make Pacific more environmentally friendly. As part of its green building initiative, 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 building, the Alex and Jeri Vereschagin Alumni House, was completed this past summer and built to LEED standards, and the new dental building in San Francisco will be renovated to those same requirements. In July, the Chambers Technology Center was granted a LEED Gold certificate, the second highest level issued for sustainable buildings. To enhance these efforts Pacific also hired Dr. Shanna Eller as director of Sustainability to further achieve the University's green goals.

For more information about Pacific's sustainability efforts, visit http://www.pacific.edu/About-Pacific/Sustaining-Pacific.html. For more information about Habitat for Humanity visit http://www.habitat.org/.