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Alex and Jeri Vereschagin Alumni House awarded green building recognition

Award is University of the Pacific’s Third Major LEED Certification
by Lily PenfoldJul 11, 2012

The Alex and Jeri Vereschagin Alumni House on July 3 was awarded the second-highest green building standard in the nation, an honor granted only to the most sustainable, cost-efficient and innovative architectural design projects.

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. Certificate levels are certified, silver, gold and platinum.

The Alex and Jeri Vereschagin Alumni House opened in August 2011 and is one of three new structures on Pacific's Stockton campus that have received LEED certification. The Don and Karen DeRosa University Center, and the John T. Chambers Technology Center have previously received LEED achievements, with the Chambers building receiving the university's first gold certification.

Pacific has a goal to renovate key buildings on campus to meet the highest sustainability standards and when possible meet LEED certification. Among the university's recent sustainable projects are:

  • Installing high-efficiency LED lighting and other power-saving devices.

  • Using non-potable water for roughly 80 percent of the irrigation on the Stockton campus.

  • Using 100 percent green cleaning products on the Stockton campus.

  • Welcoming sustainability experts to speak to the University community about national and global green initiatives.

  • Pacific's McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento has a community garden and hosts a sustainability film festival and the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco offers an office supply exchange program.

  • Pacific also partnered with Habitat for Humanity to repurpose surplus building materials and office furniture.