Pacific University has made a commitment to "grow green" by working to LEED-certification for all new buildings.
LEED ratings include certified, silver, gold or platinum. Pacific has seven LEED-certified buildings.
The Pacific University Library in Forest Grove, built in 2005, was the first LEED-certified building on any of Pacific’s campuses, earning a silver rating.
Pacific’s other six LEED-certified buildings all earned gold rankings, including Burlingham Hall, Gilbert Hall and Cascade Hall, residence halls on the Forest Grove campus; Berglund Hall, home of the College of Education on the Forest Grove campus; and Creighton Hall and HPC2 on the Hillsboro Campus.
LEED-certified silver and gold buildings now represent 41% of the university’s total floor area. Work is underway to reduce energy consumption in non-LEED existing buildings, bringing those buildings to LEED energy standards and beyond. One example of this work is the replacement of the antiquated, 70%-efficient Marsh Hall boiler with a 97%-efficient condensing gas boiler.