History of Sustainability at Pomona
Praween Dayananda and Ada Aroneanu started the Pomona College Campus Climate Challenge chapter in 2006, completing the College's first carbon emissions inventory.
Board of Trustees adopts the College's first Environmental Policy via work on the Environmental Policy Task Force.
Board of Trustees adopt the College's Sustainable Building Guide, which requires that all new construction or major renovations be completed to LEED Silver Certified-equivalent standards.
The Richard C. Seaver Biology Building is the first on campus to receive LEED certification. Its variety of green building features earn it a Silver certification.
Two students start a Pomona College chapter of Campus Climate Challenge, intending to bring climate change and carbon control issues to campus.
President Oxtoby establishes the President's Advisory Committee on Sustainability (PACS) to oversee sustainability efforts for the College.
President Oxtoby signs the Presidents Climate Commitment, committing the College to creating an emissions audit and a climate action plan within the coming years.
PACS produces its first report cataloging current sustainability efforts and establishing goal areas for moving forward. Major recommendations include doing a campus sustainability audit (broader than just an emissions audit) and the need for a full-time Sustainability Coordinator.
Campus Climate Challenge releases its preliminary greenhouse gas inventory.
PACS begins to interview consulting firms to complete the campus sustainability audit and begins the process to hire a Sustainability Coordinator.
Consulting firm CTG Energetics works with a team of six students to complete the data collection and analysis for the campus sustainability audit.
Pomona hires Bowen Patterson, a Class of 2006 alumnus, as the College's first Sustainability Coordinator.
The College submits its emissions audit, only one small part of the entire campus sustainability audit, to the Presidents Climate Commitment.
The final draft of the campus sustainability audit is released.
The Trustee Sustainability Task Force begins updating the College's Statement of Environmental Policy.
The Sustainability Coordinator launches the Sustainability Action Fellowship for students to be integrally involved in sustainability planning on campus.
The Sustainability Action Fellows finish their reports for Phase I of the Sustainability Action Plan process.
The Board of Trustees approves the College's new Environmental Policy, kicking off Phase II of the Sustainability Action Plan process and officially naming the Sustainability Integration Office.