According to the U.S. Green Building Council, in the United States alone buildings account for 70% of electricity consumption, 39% of carbon dioxide emissions, 40% of raw materials use, 30% of waste, and 12% of potable water consumption. Green facilities address the Triple Bottom Line, which means it has environmental, economic, and social benefits. Past and present Pacificans are proud of progress we have made in this area and understand the positive impact that construction and operation of a building like this has on the environment.
In October of 2009, The University Board of Regents approved a green building policy that all future buildings and building renovations at the University of the Pacific that cost more than $1 million will be green. The policy took effect January 1, 2010. The policy calls for new buildings to meet United States Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) "Silver" certification requirements. Pacific will also secure a cost estimate for LEED certification or equivalent of all renovation projects costing more than $1 million.
Don and Karen DeRosa University Center, - LEED Silver
John T. Chambers Technology Center - LEED Gold
Alex and Jeri Vereschagin Alumni House - Broke ground on September 18, 2010
Sustainable maintenance practices are also incorporated into the intentional design of facility site plans and new building projects. These types of sustainable initiatives demonstrate Pacific's ongoing commitment to improving the health and well-being of the entire campus community. For example, 90% of the custodial cleaning supplies are green certified and bio hydraulic oil is used in all mechanical equipment.
Another excellent example of Pacific's commitment to greening its facilities through renovation includes the Housing and Greek Life Department's new requirement to replace outdated residence hall furnishings with all green-rated furniture that will promote a healthier living community for both current and future students.
Pacific Recreation has made several changes to the facilities and operations as part of their commitment to sustainability.
The facility carpet was replaced with recycled rubber and laminate flooring. A Hydration Station was installed to accommodate easy filling of sustainable water bottles. The lights in the cardiovascular equipment area, multipurpose rooms, and rock wall area are kept off during daylight hours to reduce the consumption of energy and utilize the available natural light. Automatic flushing mechanisms were installed on all toilets in the locker rooms. More than 50% of their new cardio equipment is self-powered, including two of the treadmills. A high efficiency washer and dryer was purchased to reduce energy consumption while washing towels and Energy Star televisions were purchased for viewing. Disposable cups and disposable water containers are no longer provided during programming on the Brookside and Gardemeyer recreation fields. They now provide water for participants in large reusable coolers.
Pacific Recreation will continue to find new ways to reduce their consumption and improve their commitment to sustainability.