Boxer Energy and Sustainability Team (BEST)

Who We Are

The Boxer Energy and Sustainability Team (BEST) is a group of Pacific University employees committed to establishing an understanding of and support for sustainability and energy consumption in our local community and the world around us.

What We Do

To help with this mission, Pacific University has partnered with the Energy Trust of Oregon to participate in their Strategic Energy Management (SEM) program. SEM will help us identify methods to improve overall energy management and lower energy consumption, which will be implemented by Pacific’s Facilities Department.

Our goal is to reduce energy consumption (on the Forest Grove and Hillsboro campuses, maybe others) by at least 2% by 2025. To do this, we will:

  • Install LED lighting in as many buildings as possible
  • Reduce HVAC setpoints to heating and air-conditioning do not get over used
  • Make sure that lighting programs are adjusted during different seasons

Best Practices

In our first year participating in the SEM program, we have changed many light fixtures out and put in LED fixtures, replaced boilers with high efficiency boilers, replaced some Heating Ventilation and Air-Conditioning controls for more efficiency, changed some HVAC temperature set points, and changed our control systems to use less energy when buildings are not in use. We have reduced our energy consumption by 23% in Creighton Hall, the first building we started tracking, resulting in $20,000 saved. This money has been reinvested in the university to do more capital projects that can help reduce energy consumption across both of our campuses.


Line graph showing annual energy savings year by year for Pacific University

How Can You Help

  • Switch off the lights
  • Turn off your computer at the end of the day
  • Go paperless
  • Unplug chargers when not using them
  • Don't change the thermostat