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Curriculum Efforts

Prof. Rick Hazlett teaches a small group at the Farm's outdoor classroom.

Curricular: 2013-14 Programs

  • Increase in Sustainability Courses The first year of the new PACS definitions of sustainability-focused and sustainability-related courses saw a rise in sustainability-related courses to 47 Pomona offerings. 20 different academic departments offered sustainability-focused or -related courses. 
  • Student Scholars Emily Yang (Physics, PO '14), Peter Pellitier (Biology, PO '14), and Jennifer Schmidt (EA and German, PO '14) were awarded Fulbright Scholarships for sustainability-related research projects. Cooper Galvin (Chemistry, PO '14) was awarded a NSF grant to do research on novel aqueous-flow batteries for large-scale energy storage.
  • Environmental Analysis Program The Environmental Analysis (EA) Program continues to attract students with 5% of all Pomona students declaring this interdisciplinary major.
  • Faculty Research Notable faculty research includes Heather Williams' forthcoming book on the Santa Ana River, David Tannenbaum's research on organic photovoltaics, research by Bowman Cutter and John Jurewitz on climate change adaptation, Char Miller's contributions to literature on environmental history and public lands, and Erin Runions' work on community-based organizing and research, among others.
  • Summer Research Projects In 2013-14, the Summer Undergraduate Research Program funded 154 projects, 9 of which were sustainability-related.

Co-curricular: 2013-14 Programs

  • Campus Conservation Nationals: PowerDown/Get WaterWise Almost 900 members of the Claremont Colleges community pledged to participate in the "PowerDown/Get WaterWise" competition in March and April as part of Campus Conservation Nationals. The 5Cs competed with other colleges nationwide, with each other, and within their own campuses to achieve the greatest reductions in energy and water use. Pomona placed in the top five colleges nationwide in water reduction, saving 65,904 gallons, or 5.4% over a baseline measure. Within the Pomona campus, Lyon Court won both categories of the dorm competition by reducing water use 15.4% and energy use 6.2%. Pitzer took the Claremont Colleges crown with a 4.7% energy reduction, with Pomona coming in third at 1.4%.
  • No Impact Week 186 students, faculty, and staff took part in No Impact Week at Pomona in late February. With seven themed days focusing on areas such as consumerism, waste, transportation, and food, No Impact Week was a chance for participants to reflect on ways to reduce their environmental impacts. Highlights included film screenings, a bottled water/tap water taste test, a low-energy Walker Coffeehouse, and the Organic Dinner.
  • 5C Environmental Justice Film Series This series showcased three environmental justice-themed films in the spring, each followed by a brief discussion. Co-sponsors included the SIO, Religious Studies department, Asian Studies department, EA, and ECO.
  • Food Day Food Day 2013 featured local produce, signage about local farms, a showing of the film Fresh, and herbs from the Farm. Groups involved included Dining Services, the SIO, PEAR, EQC, and the Farm.
  • Sustainability-related Internships 13.8% of Pomona students who participated in a Pomona College Internship Program (PCIP) opportunity in the 2013-14 school year did so at a sustainability-related organization.
  • Student Outreach Activities Projects included Compost Awareness Day.
  • Student Groups New student group Environmentalists of Color - Organize! (ECO!) continued to hold meetings. In the spring, a new Pomona Climate Justice student group formed and established a partnership with local community organization Mujeres de la Tierra.
  • Green Bikes The Green Bikes Shop expanded its fleet to 161 this year, an increase of almost 60 bikes.
  • Pomona Organic Farm More than 750 visitors came to the Farm this year, including 28 local school groups who came for free educational tours. Six members of the Schuler Scholars college access program in Chicago came to the Farm in July for a week-long service learning trip. Over 100 people participated in weekly Farm volunteer hours, including students, faculty, staff, and community members. The Farm continues to host workshops, festivals, and field trips including a spring bee workshop led by professional bee keeper Russ Levine. The Farm also hosted a biweekly Farm Stand at the Smith Campus Center to increase visibility for the farm, discuss organic farming, and sell over 650 pounds of produce.

Progress toward goals for 2020

The following table includes relevant objectives from the College's Sustainability Action Plan.

2020 GOALS - How we're doing
Data point10-1111-1212-1313-142020 Objective
% of courses sustainability-focused 3% 7% 3% 3% General increase
% of courses sustainability-related 10% 8% 6% 8.5% General increase
% offices in Green Office Program 12% 13% 10% 19% 30%
% of students signed up for newsletter 12% 10% 6% 5% 30%
% of staff/faculty signed up for newsletter 20% 19% 17% 17% 25%