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Curriculum Efforts

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

Curricular: 2012-13 Programs

  • Sustainability Courses Redefined Members of the President's Advisory Committee on Sustainability revised the reporting definitions for sustainability-focused and sustainability-related courses. The new definitions focus on the interactions of humans and the natural environment.
  • Student Scholars The Morris K. Udall Scholarship, a prestigious honor awarded to students for environmental leadership was awarded to Jennifer Schmidt (PO '14). Environmental Analysis majors Will Pitkin (PO '13) and Josh Propp (PO '13) were awarded Fulbright Scholarships. Dustin Zubke (HM '13) and Priscilla Gutto Bassett (SC '13) were awarded the Watson Scholarship to study solar powered and eco stories.
  • Environmental Analysis Program The Environmental Analysis (EA) Program continues to attract students with 6% of all Pomona students declaring this interdisciplinary major.
  • Faculty Research Notable faculty research includes Professor Richard Worthington's involvement on citizen participation and the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity, Professor David Tannenbaum's research on organic photovoltaics, Professor Walker Wells' work as Fulbright Fellow on sustainable urbanism, and Char Miller's contributions to literature on environmental history and public lands, among others.
  • Summer Research Projects In 2012-13, the Summer Undergraduate Research Program funded 113 projects, 14 percent of which were sustainability-related. Additionally, 11 projects were supported through the Mellon Environmental Analysis Program.

Co-curricular: 2012-13 Programs

  • Energy Month The SIO and PEAR (Pomona for Environmental Activism and Responsibility) partnered this year with Campus Conservation Nationals to compete across the 5Cs and nationally for energy reductions in the dorms. Harvey Mudd won the 5C Green Cup with an overall 18% reduction, and at Pomona, Clark III residence was the biggest loser with a 11% reduction in energy use.
  • Mellon Elemental Arts Initiative With an earth-themed focus, the Mellon Environmental Arts Initiative and the SIO brought the food justice film series to campus. Artist Matthew Nelson and him Permaculture Dance Project explored the principles of sustainable design through contemporary dance.
  • Earth Week Events The SIO and 5C student groups once again hosted booths in the Village during the city's Earth Day celebration and led a series of Claremont College-wide sustainability tours, highlighting the green features of the campuses.
  • Student Outreach Activities Projects included Compost Awareness Day, Vampire Energy event at Halloween, and the Holiday Eco Craft Fair.
  • Student Participation Pomona experienced an increase in environmental activism with the revitalization of a 5-C consortium committee on sustainability and the first meeting of a new group, Environmentalists of Color - Organize! (ECO!). Students from a growing 5-C Divestment Group organized to portest college investment in non-renewable energy sources with the student body voting strong support of both divestment and starting a green revolving fund.
  • Green Bikes In addition to continuing its bike rental system to students, Green Bikes held a two-day workshop with Pomona Partners, a Draper Center Mentor Program.
  • Pomona Organic Farm 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 weekly Farm Stand at the Smith Campus Center to increase visibility for the farm, discuss organic farming and sell farm products.

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 point10-1111-1212-132020 Objective
% of courses sustainability-focused 3% 7% 3% General increase
% of courses sustainability-related 10% 8% 6% General increase
% offices in Green Office Program 12% 13% 10% 30%
% of students signed up for newsletter 12% 10% 6% 30%
% of staff/faculty signed up for newsletter 20% 19% 17% 25%