Pomona College was recognized on The Princeton Review's Green Honor Roll this year.
- Honors & Recognition As a STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System) Charter Participant, Pomona’s sustainability initiatives continue to be recognized with a Gold rating, the highest level possible. Only 63 of 309 rated institutions received Gold-level recognition. Pomona was one of only 22 colleges to receive the highest score in The Princeton Review's 2014 Green Honor Roll, out of 832 institutions total. In July 2014, Pomona was featured on Best College Rankings' list of 100 Sustainable Colleges. Additionally, Pomona received mentions in USA Today for its ReCoop program and in the AASHE Bulletin for its bioswales to manage stormwater and its waste reduction efforts at Class Day.
- Awards The new Pomona and Sontag residence halls were Grand Winners in the 2013 Builder's Choice and Custom Home Design Awards, adding to the list of honors received by these LEED-certified buildings.
- Membership & Involvement Pomona College is a continuing member of AASHE and a participating signatory of ACUPCC. In April 2014, Pomona College was a platinum level sponsor of the Claremont Earth Day Celebration; the college remains a member of Sustainable Claremont.
- President’s Sustainability Fund Program In 2013-14, student projects funded by the President's Office with PSF grants included: a bicycle self-repair station outside the Smith Campus Center, a water bottle refill station in the SCC courtyard, and reusable beverage dispensers to replace disposable plastic water bottles at Class Day 2014.
- Sustainability Staffing The full-time Farm Manager position was renewed for 2014-15, with Nai De Gracia '14 taking over from Adam Long '13. The position of Energy Manager became vacant as of Fall 2014. The Pomona Dining Services' Sustainable Purchasing Coordinator position became vacant in December 2012 and remains unfilled as the position is reassessed. A request for a full-time Sustainability Projects Coordinator was declined in January 2014.
- Collaboration with other institutions The SIO continued working with a variety of colleagues from other campuses throughout the year, including USC, UCLA, Caltech, Loyola Marymount, and Pepperdine to improve campus sustainability efforts.
- Sustainability Integration Office (SIO) This office develops, administers, coordinates, and assesses sustainability programs and projects on campus. The office also includes a year-round student staff and manages ReCoop/Clean Sweep and Green Bikes.
- President’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability (PACS) This committee produces yearly recommendations for the President and administers the President’s Sustainability Fund. This committee also identifies and tracks measurable sustainability metrics in the Sustainability Annual Report and makes recommendations on improvements towards the Sustainability Action Plan objectives. You can see more about the committee here.
- President’s Sustainability Fund (PSF) Since 2007, this fund has provided a total of $40,000 distributed in grants to students for on-campus sustainability projects. In the past two years, the PSF has funded composting, water efficiency, renewable energy, waste management, and other projects.
- Presidents Climate Commitment The College has been a signatory of the Presidents Climate Commitment since 2007. This nationwide organization coordinates climate action by colleges and universities. The Climate Commitment entails an annual greenhouse gas inventory and the creation of a plan for reducing emissions.
- Statement of Environmental Policy This policy statement reiterates the College’s commitment to environmental sustainability and requires the College to consider sustainability in budgetary, planning, and curricular decisions. You can find this policy statement here.
Progress toward goals for 2020
The following table includes relevant objectives from the College's Sustainability Action Plan.
|Data point||10-11||11-12||12-13||13-14||2020 Objective|
|Existence of consortium sustainability committee||No||No||Beginning stages||Declined by consortium presidents||Yes|
|Sufficient staffing and resources for sustainability programs||N/A||
Asst Dir Sustainability position vacant Dec. '11 - Aug. '12.
Dining Sust. Coord. vacant year end;
Energy Manager position approved & filled in 2013;
Farm Manager hired with no gap
Full-time Farm Manager position renewed
Energy Manager position vacant as of Fall 2014
Additional full-time Sustainability position declined