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


In 2017, Pomona College published SAVE, an ambitious guide for creating and managing a sustainable campus community. The plan outlines measurable strategies that lead the College to achieve ambitious sustainability goals and reach carbon neutrality by 2030. Selected energy-related goals are described below, and the full report can be found here.

  • 30% reduction in electricity and gas usage*
  • Achieve a campus building Energy Use Intensity (EUI) number of 80 or less
  • Real-time electric and natural gas usage data and analytics are available to the campus community and the world
  • Invest in fuel cells, batteries, and other clean energy sources
  • 40% reduction in electricity and gas usage*
  • Achieve a campus building Energy Use Intensity (EUI) number of 60 or less
  • All facilities are submetered and captured on the Energy Management Platform and include the major loads
  • Off-site renewable energy facilities are complete and generating clean Renewable Energy Credits that offset remaining energy and transportation emissions.

*Goals are based on a 2014 baseline

Renewable energy

On-Campus Solar PV

SolTrain, built by students, staff, and faculty and funded by the President's Sustainability Fund, has 1kW of photovoltaic panels and can power a party or other large event.

Pomona Hall includes a rooftop classroom area for curricular integration of the building's solar systems.

A variety of residence hall laundry rooms now include drying racks for carbon neutral clothes drying!

The College has solar photovoltaic arrays at Richard C. Seaver Biology Building, Lincoln-Edmunds Buildings, Pomona Hall, Sontag Hall, South Campus Athletic Facility/Parking structure, and Grounds Facility.

On-Campus Solar Thermal

The College has two solar hot water heating installations, one on the North Campus Residence Halls and one at Pendleton Pool.


Daylighting and light controls

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 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.