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A Vision for Sustainability

The following set of goals were established by the President's Advisory Committee for Sustainability in their 2007 report to the President. These goals form a vision for sustainability that have guided the creation of the Sustainability Action Plan.


Goal 1: Reduced greenhouse gases
Greenhouse gas emissions are the driving cause of global climate change and are implicated in a wide variety of College activities, including energy use and energy sources, solid waste management, water use, transportation, and the use of refrigerants and fertilizers. 

Goal 2: Reduced resource impact
Reduced resource impact means consuming materials and generating wastes that can be fully integrated into natural systems as much as possible; in other words consuming as few non-renewable resources as possible and generating as little non-compostable or -recyclable waste as possible.  Where the College is concerned, this goal includes issues such as energy use, water use, waste generation, and purchasing.

Goal 3: Reduced air, water, and soil pollution and toxins
The goal is to reduce the amount of contaminants and toxins released into the environment, which occurs from a wide variety of activities including transportation, chemical use (cleaning products, fertilizers, refrigerants, etc.), and waste disposal methods.

Goal 4: Increased environmental health for all members of the College community
A variety of College activities can have potentially harmful impacts on human health, including the use of chemicals found in cleaning products, fertilizers, and refrigerants, off-gassing of volatile organic compounds from facility furnishings and finishes, and the food served in campus dining facilities.

Goal 5: Environmental awareness and education
This goal intends to increase awareness of environmental issues and the importance of these issues among all members of the campus community, along with to provide information about how individuals and groups can reduce their impacts. More specifically, this goal includes that every student who graduates from Pomona has a greater environmental awareness than when they came.  Whether curricular or co-curricular, educational efforts are central to any sustainability program or project.

Goal 6: Sustainable sustainability
Sustainability itself must be sustainable, meaning physical and organizational infrastructure must be in place to provide the support, resources, and motivation for sustainability efforts to continue. Whether financial (staffing and funding), procedural (policies and processes), or social (inclusion in public reports, speeches, and conversations about College priorities), resources and support are necessary for these efforts to continue.

Goal 7: Public commitment to sustainability
As stated above in Guiding Principles and Goals, this plan is partially based on the assumption that Pomona strives to be a leader in sustainability. In most cases, leadership takes the form of public declarations of sustainability commitments in internal and external communication outlets. This Plan will provide a valuable source of information for this type of communication.