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Sustainability at Pacific

"Treat the Earth well.  It was not given to your by your parents.  It was loaned to you by your children."

-Kenyan Proverb

The World Commission of Environment and Development defined sustainable development as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."  This definition implies that there are limits to the amount of available resources and the ability of the earth to absorb human activity.  Such boundaries require the restructuring of our consumption habits to ensure a healthy life and earth for future generations.  There is no time like the present to begin adjusting our behavior.

Students, faculty and staff at Pacific take sustainability seriously, and have taken steps to ensure success for future generations.  We have 125 recycling toters across campus and cardboard only dumpsters at the kitchens and Physical Plant.  All of our green waste is diverted, our electronic and other hazardous wastes are recycled including tires.  There is a University surplus furniture and equipment reallocation program.  

A computerized irrigation control system was installed campus-wide which should result in approximately a 30% water savings.  

Our most used custodial chemicals are green certified as well as purchasing green certified custodial equipment.  We use bio-hydraulic oil in our equipment.  We expend significant sums each year on energy efficiency projects - L.E.D. exit signs, nearly all exterior lighting is L.E.D., more efficient boilers, heaters and air conditioners.

Our mail room provides shredding services campus wide.  This free service recycled approximately one ton of paper in the past 6 months and reduced the University's expenditures by alleviating most needs for shredding from outside vendors.

Our printing and duplicating department uses Soy-Based ink which is more environmentally friendly.  All toner used is recycled to the manufacturer resulting in no landfill waste.  Several publications are printed on 100% recycled paper.

In the past few years, due to an increase in bicycle usage, we have installed new bike racks at WPC, Computer Sciences, Grace Covell and Baxter walkway.

In keeping with Pacific's commitment to sustainability, the DeRosa University Center has employed a variety of LEED required green design elements and operational strategies for the University's first green building.   Energy conservation items include:

  • Clerestores (walls with a band of narrow windows at top) for natural lighting
  • Retractable skylights for natural lighting
  • Large windows for natural lighting
  • Operble doors for natural lighting and cooling
  • Ventilation system that pushes air contaminants out of the building
  • Mixed-mode heating and air conditioning system for natural ventilation
  • Daylight sensors to control the amount of light in the building
  • Hi-powered hand dryers in the bathrooms designed to conserve energy
  • Will use 50 percent less water than other conventional buildings
  • Low-water usage dishwashers
  • Restrooms with dual-flush toilets
  • Restroom glass tile are made from recycled material as well the concrete in the lobby

Below are some additional steps that individuals can take:

  • Print only when necessary, and always double sided
  • Use power-saving modes on computers and office equipment
  • Always turn off lights in unoccupied rooms
  • Shut the sash on the fume hood when not in use
  • Use re-usable mugs and water bottles instead of disposable ones
  • Purchase energy efficient appliances and laboratory equipment.  Look for the "Energy Star" ratings
  • Select laboratory supplies made from recycled material where possible
  • Share extra refrigerator and freezer space with colleagues
  • Don't leave the tap running while brushing your teeth
  • Take shorter showers

If you're searching for additional information on sustainability, the following sites contain great information and ideas for your research.

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in High Education (AASHE) is an association of colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada working to create sustainable futures.  It was founded in 2006 and aims to advance the efforts of the entire campus sustainability community by uniting diverse initiatives and connecting practitioners to resources and professional development opportunities.

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit organization committed to expanding sustainable building practices.  USGBC is composed of more than 13,500 organizations from across the building industry that are working to advance structures that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work.  Members include building owners and end-users, real estate developers, facility managers, architects, designers, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, product and building system manufacturers, government agencies, and nonprofits.  The USGBC's mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.

United Nations - Division for Sustainable Development provides leadership and is an authoritative source of expertise within the United Nations system on sustainable development.  It promotes sustainable development through technical cooperation and capacity building at international, regional and national levels.

Sustainable Living Foundation is a community based not-for-profit organization committed to creating major platforms to help accelerate the uptake of sustainable living.  SLF brings together values, expertise and resources to inform the wider community about sustainable numbers of people and organizations to cooperate in the pursuit of social and ecological sustainability.  SLF was formed in response to a sense of environmental urgency and the passionate belief that positive solution-oriented options already available could make a big difference to our individual and collective sustainability if widely adopted.

My Ecological Footprint - Find out how you impact the earth!  Calculate your personal emissions on the EPA's website.