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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.72
Liaison Kelsey Smith
Submission Date March 3, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of the Pacific
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.60 / 4.00 Shanna Eller
Sustainability Director
President's Division
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Is the institution utilizing the campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in the following areas?:
Yes or No
Air & Climate ---
Buildings Yes
Dining Services/Food ---
Energy ---
Grounds Yes
Purchasing ---
Transportation ---
Waste ---
Water Yes
Coordination, Planning & Governance ---
Diversity & Affordability ---
Health, Wellbeing & Work ---
Investment ---
Public Engagement Yes
Other ---

A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Air & Climate and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Buildings and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

During the Spring 16 semester, a student spent time considerable time researching and reporting on space planning. Under the direction of our Capital Planning and Space Manager and Sustaining Pacific, the student compiled data and reports on current building utilization and submitted recommendations on how to use the spaces more efficiently.


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Dining Services/Food and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Energy and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Grounds and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

Four faculty members from Biology, Geological Sciences, and History use the Grounds as a classroom in which students complete assignments determining the types of plants, sediments, and animal life on the grounds. Students also conduct experiments to test the quality of the soil, presence of pesticides, water consumption across campus and come up with alternative ways in which Pacific can reduce its ecological impact.


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Purchasing and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Transportation and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Waste and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Water and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

During AY15-16, students from Engineering and Geosciences completed reports on the water consumption across campus, including reviewing the Ted and Chris Robb Garden and its drip irrigation system with the addition of a rain water harvesting system.


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Coordination, Planning & Governance and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Diversity & Affordability and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Health, Wellbeing & Work and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Investment and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Public Engagement and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

AY15-16 bore witness to the creation of a Fair Trade Cooperative, Singing Hands. Through a collaboration between a Visual Arts faculty member, Business school faculty member, and assistance of an MBA class, Singing Hands now currently has 5 student interns that work in conjunction with a rural village in China to produce Fair Trade products sold on Pacific campus and to the outside community. The interns work in a variety of fields, including but not limited to: business and marketing, coordinating with the rural village in China, community events and more.


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory in Other areas and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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The website URL where information about the institution’s campus as a living laboratory program or projects is available:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.