University of the Pacific Featured in 'The Princeton Review's Guide To 311 Green Colleges'
The 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. For the second consecutive year the well-known education services company selected Pacific for inclusion in the just-released second annual edition of its free downloadable book, "The Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition."
Created by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), "The Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges" is the only free, comprehensive guidebook profiling 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 for this guide based on a survey of administrators at hundreds of colleges that the company polled in 2010 about their school's sustainability initiatives. 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.
In this year's edition, the Guide highlighted Pacific's LEED Silver new building and renovation policy and 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.
Pacific has just completed 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, Ms. Mandi McKay, Sustainability Coordinator for Sierra Pacific Brewing, shared their corporation's approach to sustainability.