Create an environment supported by clean energy, data analytics, and efficiently operating buildings without sacrificing comfort, reliability, or resilience.

What We're Doing

The SAVE energy goals focus on reducing electricity and energy consumption, improving the Energy Use Intensity (EUI) of our buildings, and investing in clean energy sources. Click the tabs below to learn more about our specific energy reduction initiatives. Visit our Annual Report highlight page for an update on goals and achievements.

Renewable energy

The College has solar photovoltaic arrays at Richard C. Seaver Biology Building, Lincoln-Edmunds Buildings, Sontag & Dialynas Halls, Estella Laboratory, Studio Art, the South Campus Parking Structure, and the Grounds Facility on First Street.


To reduce the College's energy needs for lighting, recent construction projects have emphasized the need for daylighting, including skylights and strategically placed windows. The College also uses occupancy and motion sensors to make sure lights are not on unnecessarily.

New electricity meters

Pomona has replaced almost every electricity meter on campus, installing new, network-linked, real-time meters that send data to a central system at 15-second intervals and provide ongoing feedback about building performance and electricity use. Additional information, including accurate building-level metering and gas and water use, will be added to these meters in the future.

Heating and cooling

The College routinely performs adjustments of the heating and air conditioning systems, including energy setbacks at night, to ensure energy efficiency. In 2010-11, Facilities and Campus Services assessed heating and air conditioning schedules for buildings across campus, ensuring buildings were not heated or cooled when unnecessary. Pomona College has set temperature guidelines for buildings to help conserve energy at the thermostat and from the building's automated system.

Cool roofs

A number of buildings on campus include roofing or other materials designed specifically to reduce the "heat island effect," and thus cooling loads for the buildings. Seaver Biology and Lincoln-Edmunds in particular include these features.

Thermal energy storage

The Seaver Science Complex is chilled by a central chiller plant with an underground thermal energy storage system, which significantly reduces the energy needs for cooling the buildings.