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Administration efforts

Pomona College was recognized on The Princeton Review's Green Honor Roll this year.

2012-13 Programs

  • 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. Pomona was included in The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition, and for the first time was placed on The Princeton Review's Green Honor Roll. Additionally, Pomona was ranked #30 in the Sierra Club's Sierra Magazine 2013 "Cool Schools" listing.
  • Awards The new Pomona and Sontag residence halls were recognized by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, and awarded the 2013 Green Good Design award. In addition, these residence halls were given the Los Angeles Business Journal's 2013 Commercial Real Estate Award. Pomona's South Campus Parking Structure was awarded the 2012 Sustainability Award from the National Precast Concrete Association.
  • Membership & Involvement Pomona College is a continuing member of AASHE and a participating signatory of ACUPCC. In January 2013, Pomona became a member of Sustainable Claremont, and in April 2013, Pomona College was a platinum level sponsor of the Claremont Earth Day Celebration.
  • President’s Sustainability Fund Program For 2012-2013, student projects funded by the President's Office with PSF grants included: reusable check-out bags at the Coop Store, reusable clamshells and mugs at the Coop Fountain, and reusable dishes to replace disposables for catering services. 
  • Sustainability Staffing Pomona introduced new members to the sustainability team this academic year. In addition to the new Sustainability Director in September 2012, Michelle McFadden joined Pomona College in June 2013 as the Colleges' first Energy Manager. With the resignation of Juan Araya (part-time), the Pomona Organic Farm welcomed a new full-time manager, Adam Long '13. The Pomona Dining Services' Sustainable Purchasing Coordinator position became vacant in December 2012 and remains unfilled as the position is reassessed.

Ongoing Programs

  • 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.

How we're doing - 2020 Goals
Data point10-1111-1212-132020 Objective
Existence of consortium sustainability committee  No  No Beginning stages 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