Climate Action Plan
Pomona College is a signatory of the American Colleges and Universities Presidents Climate Commitment, which requires its member institutions to develop plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with detailed recommendations, targets, and interim milestone dates for reducing emissions. It also requires that institutions complete yearly inventories of emissions for tracking progress.
Pomona Completed its first greenhouse gas emissions report on September 15, 2008, and turned in a second inventory and its draft Climate Action Plan on September 15, 2009. A final version of the CAP will be incorporated into the upcoming Sustainability Action Plan.
The Climate Action Plan makes recommendations such that the College might be able to see a 20% reduction in emissions by 2020 and a 75% reduction in emissions by 2050 (from a 2009 base), matching the State of California's stated emissions reduction goals. These reductions would take place from actions in the following categories/goals:
Goal 1: Reduced energy use (conservation)
Goal 2: Increased technological and building efficiency
Goal 3: Increased renewable sources of energy
Goal 4: Improved assessment of energy use
Goal 1: Reduced air and vehicle miles
Goal 2: Reduced gasoline use/emissions
Refrigerants and solid waste
Education and Awareness
Area 1: Academic environment
Area 2: Residential/work environment
Area 3: Public/community engagement
Together, recommended actions taken in these areas could produce the reductions depicted in the image above.