Campus development presents an opportunity to reflect and advance the values of the university community. Puget Sound is committed to promoting sustainable design on campus through environmental stewardship and the pursuit of highly sustainable measures. The university is further committed to promoting awareness of such measures as learning opportunities for members of the university community and the greater Tacoma region.
The university considers sustainable building as an integrated framework of design, construction, operations, and demolition practices that encompass the environmental, economic, and social impacts of buildings. Sustainable design includes the efficient management of energy and water resources, management of materials and waste, protection of health and indoor environmental quality, protection of the environment, reinforcement of natural systems, and an integrated design approach.
The university’s Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC) co-chairs are members of the Tapestry for Learning Committee, which advises the president regarding master plan policies, guidelines and projects. SAC co-chair participation facilitates continuous consideration of sustainability in master planning and project development.
The following measures exemplify sustainable design practices that are considered and practicably applied to the management, design, and construction of development projects:
The following policies support the above practices:
In addition, buildings that must be removed are de-constructed and recycled at a minimum target rate of 85 percent.