Pacific University launches sustainable center

Pacific University, which installed these solar panels atop a new parking structure in 2010, is opening its Center for a Sustainable Society.

Pacific University, which installed these solar panels atop a new parking structure in 2010, is opening its Center for a Sustainable Society.

Pacific University announced Thursday it would launch a Center for a Sustainable Society which will serve a focal point for collaboration for faculty staff and community partners.

Officials at the Forest Grove-based private university said sustainability has been a watchword on campus since 2003. Since that time, all new construction has been built to LEED standards, campus operations have undergone a green overhaul and numerous sustainability partnerships have sprung up.

For example, Pacific's B Street Permaculture project, an environmentally friendly farm used by students and local residents, was a collaboration between the school, Metro and other organizations.

The center for will open July 1 and be directed by retiring College of Arts & Sciences Dean John Hayes, who will transition to the new role in a part-time capacity.

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