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’s student body has repeatedly said that environmental concerns are a top priority for them and the University has reacted to meet those needs,” Jaiya Ellis, Pacific’s sustainability coordinator, said in a press release. “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.