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. Three of these buildings are residence halls: Burlingham Hall, Gilbert Hall and Cascade Hall. Berglund Hall, home of the College of Education on the Forest Grove campus, accounts for a fourth gold ranking, and Creighton Hall and HPC2 on the Hillsboro Campus account for the last two.
LEED-certified silver and gold buildings now represent 41% of the university’s total floor area. Work is underway to reduce energy consumption in existing buildings that are yet to be LEED certified, with a goal of bringing those buildings to LEED energy standards and beyond.
On campus, several builidings have undergone upgrades that aid the university lower emission outputs.
Marsh Hall's old broiler worked with 70% efficiency and has now been replaced with a new one that works at 97% condensing efficiency.
Stoller Center was upgraded in 2015 to make the building more sustainable.
Throughout 2016, upgrades to the light systems and the roof have been made to Scott Hall.
The overall goal is to have Pacific University's emission levels drop by 30% purely from upgrades across campus.