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Pomona College Sustainability Affiliations

President's Climate Commitment

Pomona College is a signatory in good standing of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The ACUPCC is an agreement that institutional presidents can sign, which commits the institution to a variety of deadlines and programs for moving toward carbon neutrality. Among other things, signing onto the commitment requires that the institution:

  • Conduct an emissions audit of the campus
  • Prepare a Climate Action Plan, with distinct dates for achieving carbon neutrality
  • Annually update the campus emissions audit and report progress on the Climate Action Plan.

Pomona College President David Oxtoby signed the Presidents Climate Commitment on April 20, 2007. The College has met the initial deadlines, including turning in the carbon emissions audit on September 15, 2008 and a Climate Action Plan on September 15, 2009. Pomona has decided to conduct a full sustainability audit and action plan, going beyond the requirements of the Presidents Climate Commitment.  You can see information about the Climate Action Plan here and the Sustainability Action Plan here.


Pomona College is a member in good standing of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). AASHE is a non-profit membership organization for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, which provides resources and direction for institutional sustainability initiatives and efforts.  It assists with developing efforts in all parts of the institution, from curriculum and operations to communication and research.

STARS Charter Participant

STARS is a voluntary self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to report on their sustainability programs, projects, and milestones. Unlike most rating or ranking programs, STARS allows colleges to gauge their relative progress and gain inspiration from the work of other institutions. Pomona is proud to be a charter member of STARS.