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Funding for Sustainability On Campus

If you have an idea for a project but need money to develop or maintain your efforts, here are possible opportunities for funding:

Sustainability Integration Office

The Sustainability Integration Office has funding for campus projects, special events, and student travel to events and conferences. Contact the office at for more information about possible topics for projects and papers.

President's Sustainability Fund

Thanks to the generosity of President Oxtoby, the President's Advisory Committee on Sustainability administers a fund for student campus sustainability projects. Since 2007 this fund has granted over $40,000 for student initiated projects. To be eligible for funding, these projects must focus on infrastructural or operational changes as opposed to solely outreach or educational efforts (for instance, bringing a speaker to campus is not an intended use of the funds, unless perhaps in conjunction with some related campus operational project).

Projects that have received funding in the past include:

  • Reusable bags for the Coop Store
  • Compost buckets for the Coop Fountain
  • Pilot program for reusable dishes in Catering
  • Drying racks installed in residence halls laundry rooms
  • A cash register and other equipment for the ReCoop thrift store
  • The construction of a "solar rover," a mobile solar array that can be used to power events
  • Increased signage for the Recycling Center in the Smith Campus Room
  • Post-consumer composting in the dining halls
  • Greenware sustainable event kits of reusable, recycled dishware
  • Native landscaping at Sontag Hall and Frary/Brackett
  • Shower timers installed in residence halls

If you have a project idea and want to apply for financing, you can download this Request for Proposals [pdf]  to guide you in writing a proposal. This document will help you determine: if you are eligible to apply, if your project meets the qualifying criteria and scope, ideas for project focus, those projects that will be given priority in funding, a sample proposal, and an application checklist.  

This fund is administered through the President's Advisory Committee on Sustainability. Contact the Sustainability Integration Office at or the chair of PACS for more information. The Sustainability Integration Office can help you develop project ideas and prepare proposals.

Fall 2013 project proposals are due to the Sustainability email by October 18, 2013.  A PACS submcommittee will review proposals and work with student groups to polish their proposals.  The first round of awardees will be announced by November 5, 2013.

Environmental Quality Committee

EQC receives an annual budget from the Associated Students of Pomona College. This budget can be used for events and projects. Contact the Environmental Affairs Commissioner through the Pomona College Senate for more information.

The Environmental Analysis Program

The EA Program often contributes to events or projects that have an educational component, such as bringing a speaker to campus or sending a student to a conference or other event. Contact the EA Program for more information.

Other Sources

The Dean of Students Office maintains an extensive listing of funding sources for student endeavors, including travel to conferences and events. See their website for more information.