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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. The following efforts were taken during the 2013-14 year:

  • Millikan The draft LEED scorecard for the building anticipates at least a LEED Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, as called for in Pomona’s Green Building Standards. The scorecard anticipates that Millikan will produce at least 5% of its total energy use through on-site renewable generation. Millikan will also earn full points for credits such as stormwater management, water use reduction, heat island effect reduction, and the use of low-emission materials and FSC-certified wood for building components. The use of Solarban solar control glass windows will allow daylight through while reducing heating and cooling costs. The building will also feature LED lighting where feasible and bi-directional skylights to optimize the use of daylight. Lighting will be managed by the Lutron Ecosystem dimmable lighting system, which digitally assigns lighting controls such as timers and occupancy and daylight sensors. Finally, the new Millikan will also retain a high-efficiency heating system and high-efficiency plumbing fixtures.

  • Studio Art Hall The draft LEED scorecard for the building anticipates LEED certification, with a probable LEED Gold rating. The Studio Art Hall features photovoltaics that will produce almost 30,000 kWh per year, supplying an estimated 7.3% of the building’s energy needs through on-site renewable generation. Many sustainability efforts will be integrated into the building, from renewable furnishing materials to window sensors and other efforts to reduce air conditioning use. The Studio Art Hall will feature an improved building envelope and window glazing, as well as a 95% efficient state-of-the-art condensing boiler. Through the use of high-efficiency lighting, smart lighting control, and daylighting sensors, the lighting system will make the most of daylight and reduce lighting power density to 75% of the baseline value. In addition, the building will feature stormwater management techniques to redirect stormwater back into the aquifer rather than into the city storm drain system. A drip irrigation system and native plants will drastically reduce the amount of potable water needed to irrigate the site.

  • Office Relocations In 2013, the Draper Center for Community Partnerships moved to its new location at 735 Dartmouth following a major remodeling of the house. Guided by principles of sustainability, the remodeling process included the installation of all new windows with double-pane glazing and full insulation of all walls and the attic. Reuse of interior paneling from the old house, as well as desks and re-upholstered chairs from the old Draper Center, significantly reduced the amount of waste produced by the remodeling. The new Career Development Office (CDO), which also relocated to a new location in Alexander Hall, contains energy-efficient LED lighting and light fixtures.

For information about past construction and renovation, check out the links below:

  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


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 point09-10
10-1111-1212-1313-142020 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%