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Green Building Efforts

In 2008, the College upgraded Seaver South Laboratory to include features such as window shelves that reduce heat gain and boost natural daylighting.

Pomona's buildings are one of the most significant users of resources and generators of carbon emissions. The way a building is designed impacts how much electricity, natural gas, and water it uses, and Pomona is committed to using building design to reduce the campus' environmental impact. Pomona's Green Building Standards have been in place since 2003 and have required that new construction projects meet either LEED Silver certification (2003-2006) or LEED Gold certification (2006-today). These Green Building Standards include water and energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and material resources, among other important building impacts.

The College also maintains a set of Sustainable Operations and Maintenance Standards [pdf] , which describe procedures and policies for the everyday maintenance of buildings - including green cleaning, Integrated Pest Management, and other such processes.

This section of the website provides sustainability-related information for all campus projects, including new construction, renovation, and remodeling.

  North Campus Residence Halls (Pomona and Sontag Halls) - new construction, 2011
  South Campus Athletic Facility - new construction, 2011
  Norton-Clark III - renovation, 2009
  Peter W. Stanley Academic Quadrangle - renovation, 2008
  Lincoln-Edmunds Buildings - new construction, 2006
  Richard C. Seaver Biology Building - new construction, 2003

In addition to these projects, the following efforts were taken during the 2009-10 year:

  • Studio Art facility Plans for the new facility to be placed between Seaver Theatre and Bridges Auditorium are still in progress. The College anticipates that the new facility will encompass an estimated 36,000 square feet of indoor spaces as well as integrated outdoor spaces. The new space will have a gallery, computer lab, teaching spaces, faculty offices, and student studios. The College is designing the building to meet LEED Gold certification Standard. 
  • Completed Harwood Court renovation Lighting, plumbing, and other building system upgrades have greatly reduced the impact of this building. 
  • Parking lot closure A plan to close various surface parking lots across campus will emphasize pedestrian circulation and will remove vehicles from the center of campus.

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 point08-0909-1010-1111-1212-132020 Objective
Compliance with Sustainable Operations and Maintenance Standards Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
% of square-footage LEED-EBOM certified 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 15%