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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
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.25 / 3.00 Scott Heaton
Director
Support Services
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Does the institution have any building space certified under the following green building rating systems for new construction and major renovations?:
Yes or No
LEED or another 4-tier rating system used by an Established Green Building Council (GBC) Yes
The DGNB system, Green Star, or another 3-tier GBC rating system No
BREEAM, CASBEE, or another 5-tier GBC rating system No
The Living Building Challenge No
Other non-GBC rating systems (e.g. BOMA BESt, Green Globes) No

A brief description of the green building rating system(s) used and/or a list of certified buildings and ratings:

Since January 2010, Pacific is to secure at a minimum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ “Silver” or its equivalent for all new buildings and to secure an estimate of the full cost to secure a LEED “Silver” (or its equivalent) for all proposed major renovation projects costing at least $1 million and strive to meet this standard within project budget restraints. Four buildings are LEED for new construction certified:
Don and Karen DeRosa University Center, 2008 - LEED Silver
John T. Chambers Technology Center, 2010 - LEED Gold
Vereschagin Alumni House, 2011 - LEED Gold
San Francisco Campus Building, 2013 – LEED Gold
Only the San Francisco Campus Building was constructed within the last 5 years and is counted in the square footage for this credit. The square footage of buildings constructed more than 5 years ago are not reflected in this credit.


Total floor area of eligible building space (design and construction):
392,500 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 4-tier rating system for new construction and major renovations used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level (e.g. LEED Certified) 0 Square Feet
3rd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Silver) 0 Square Feet
2nd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Gold) 392,500 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level (e.g. LEED Platinum) 0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 3-tier rating system for new construction and major renovations used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level 0 Square Feet
Mid-Level 0 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level 0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 5-tier rating system for new construction and major renovations used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level 0 Square Feet
4th Highest Level 0 Square Feet
Mid-Level 0 Square Feet
2nd Highest Level 0 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level 0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space certified Living under the Living Building Challenge:
0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at any level under other green building rating systems for new construction and major renovations:
0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that was designed and constructed in accordance with green building policies or guidelines but NOT certified:
0 Square Feet

A copy of the guidelines or policies :
The date the guidelines or policies were adopted:
Jan. 1, 2010

A brief description of the green building guidelines or policies and/or a list or sample of buildings covered:

Pacific’s Green Building policy is to secure at a minimum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ “Silver” or its equivalent for all new buildings and to secure an estimate of the full cost to secure a LEED “Silver” (or its equivalent) for all proposed renovation projects costing at least $1 million and strive to meet this standard within project budget restraints.

Major renovations included those that effect major building systems. They do not include basic tenant improvement refreshes such as new paint, carpeting, furniture, etc.).


A brief description of how the institution ensures compliance with green building design and construction guidelines and policies:

Pacific's commitment to sustainable building design and construction is known and implemented by Facilities Planning, Design, Construction and Space Management staff and is clearly communicated to architects, vendors and contractors. Board approval documents for projects address adherence to the University’s Green Building policy. When certification is sought, LEED certification is determined by the USGBC in accordance with the building certification process, and the University’s project team works closely with this certification agency to secure certification. Additionally, the University complies with all building codes, including the more stringent California building codes and current legislation such as Title 24, which include many green building design and construction guidelines and standards.


The website URL where information about the institution’s certified buildings and/or green building design and construction guidelines or policies is available:

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.