Vision

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

Millikan Laboratory entryway with LEED sign.

The LEED Platinum Millikan Laboratory and Andrew Science Hall won a USGBC-LA award for achieving high energy efficiency as a science building.

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. Visit our Annual Report highlight page for an update on goals and achievements. 

Renewable energy

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

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.

Lighting

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, insuring 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.