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College Wins Claremont's First Gold Award for Green-Friendly Buildings

Pomona College has won gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Program for the design and construction of its Lincoln and Edmunds Buildings. Pomona College earned its first LEED certification, a silver, for the Richard C. Seaver Biology Building which opened in 2005.

For Pomona College President David Oxtoby, “The gold award is fantastic. It’s wonderful recognition of Pomona’s commitment to be better citizens and to do what we can to reduce Pomona’s environmental footprint.”

The adjacent Lincoln and Edmunds buildings span a combined 92,000 square feet at the northern end of campus and opened in January 2007. Their green-friendly features include: a photovoltaic system, which can provide up to 22.4 percent of the building’s power; operable windows; waterless urinals; and high efficiency lighting. Construction involved the elimination of chlorofluorocarbons (CFC’s) and halon refrigerants as well as the use of recycled materials and rapidly renewable materials, such as bamboo flooring used in parts of the buildings.

The buildings, which cost $40 million, were designed by the firm DMJM Design in Los Angeles and built by Hathaway Dinwiddie. They provide research space and teaching facilities for Computer Science, Environmental Analysis, Linguistics and Cognitive Science, Geology, Neuroscience, Psychology, and three intercollegiate departments—Asian American Studies, Black Studies and Chicano/a Studies.

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