Sustainability Resources and Programs

The Sustainability Office offers a variety of resources to make sustainable living more accessible. Want to get involved? Email sustainability@pomona.edu or stop by our office on the ground level of Harwood.

Programs

The Sustainability Office offers a variety of programs to borrow or affordably buy items instead of buying to help you reduce your environmental footprint in an accessible way.

Greenware

(Currently closed due to COVID-19). Borrow reusable plates, bowls, cups, and utensils for events to save money and reduce waste. Return the items dirty— our dining hall staff washes and sanitizes all items for reuse. Please submit this checkout form a few days before your event so that our student manager can do their best to fill your order in time. Questions? Send an email to checkouts@pomona.edu

Cookware

Borrow cooking and baking supplies to save money and reduce waste. Please submit this checkout form a few days before your event so that our student manager can do their best to fill your order in time. Questions? Send an email to checkouts@pomona.edu.

Book Room

Buy books ($1 for softcovers and $2 for hardcovers) and textbooks ($10) from the Book Room in Walker Lounge, open Sundays and Wednesdays from 6 to 9 pm. All proceeds directly fund the student-run program. For upcoming events, follow the Book Room on Facebook and Instagram.

Free Room

Donate or "shop" for clothing, shoes, and room decor at the Free Room, located in Walker Lounge, and open Sundays and Wednesdays from 6 to 9 pm. Follow on Instagram for the latest updates and fresh items.

Mini Free Room

Stop by any time to donate or "shop" for clothing and dorm supplies at our Mini Free Room outside of the Sustainability Office in Harwood. Follow on Instagram for the latest updates and fresh items.

Free Things

The Sustainability Office offers a variety of items that you can borrow or keep to help you reduce your environmental footprint in an accessible way.

Drying Racks

Borrow a drying rack for the year for free so that you can save money, reduce energy, and maintain the quality of your clothes by air-drying. We have a variety of styles and sizes available to suit your needs. Visit our self-checkout station in the hallway outside the Sustainability Office (located in the Harwood basement on the northeast side of the building). 

Power Strips

Borrow a power strip for the year instead of buying a new one. Each outlet has an on/off switch so that you can save "phantom load" energy when electronics are not in use.

LED Light Bulbs

The Sustainability Office provides free LED light bulbs, which can cut energy use by 90% compared to traditional incandescent light bulbs and also don't contain hazardous mercury like CFL bulbs. Grab one from the table by the Sustainability Office bulletin board (located in the Harwood basement on the northeast side of the building).

Menstrual Cups

Did you know that a menstruating person can produce 250 to 300 pounds of waste in their lifetime because of single-use pads and tampons (Stein & Kim, 2009)? The Sustainability Office provides one free Lena Cup (reusable menstrual cup voted #1 Best Beginner Menstrual Cup) for all Pomona students. Lena Cup is a reusable bell-shaped cup that collects your monthly menstrual blood. It is designed for an active modern user, and you can wear Lena Cup for up to 12 consecutive hours day & night.

Collapsible Silicone Cup

Funding by a Jay Scott ('22)'s President's Sustainability Fund project, the Sustainability Office provides free collapsible silicone cups that easily fit in your back pocket or bag so that you always have an easily-accessible cup and can avoid single-use plastics.

Greenboxes

Rather than using a disposable to-go container, you can check out a free Greenbox at any of Pomona's dining halls for your on-the-go meals. Once you are done with it, you can bring it back with you on your next trip to the dining hall!

Waste Tips

Recycling policies have changed a lot over the years, and you might be surprised at what is and isn't recyclable. Expand the tabs below to learn about best practices for recycling, trash, composting, hazardous, and e-waste and to learn tips for reducing and reusing at Pomona.

Trash

The following items are not recyclable and should be thrown into the trash:

Non-recyclable Plastics

  • Plastics labeled #3-7
  • Takeout containers (plastic or foam)
  • Disposable utensils
  • Straws
  • Produce containers (like for berries or tomatoes)
  • Egg cartons (plastic or paper)
  • Styrofoam
  • Black-colored plastics
  • Plastic wrap and bags
  • Hot or cold to-go cups

Non-recyclable Paper

  • Cartons (e.g., milk, milk alternatives, juice, chicken stock, coconut water, etc.) (labeled "Tetra Pak")
  • Frozen food boxes
  • Greasy pizza boxes
  • Food-soiled items
  • Padded envelopes
  • Shredded paper

Other Trash

  • Liquids
  • Ceramics and glassware

Recycling

When recycling, think "back to the basics." All recyclables should be clean, empty, and dry (no food or liquids). The following items are recyclable:

Plastics (#1 & #2 ONLY)

  • #1 (PET): bottles
  • #2 (HDPE): milk/juice/water jugs, cleaning solution containers, laundry detergent jugs, liquid soap containers
  • NOT miscellaneous plastics labeled #3-7, to-go cups, straws, takeout containers, bags, wrap, Styrofoam

Paper & Cardboard

  • White copy paper, cardstock, colored paper, magazines, newspaper
  • Cardboard (please break down boxes), cereal boxes, 
  • NOT to-go cups, frozen food boxes, greasy pizza boxes, egg cartons, shredded paper, mixed materials (padded or windowed envelopes)

Metal Cans

  • soda cans, canned food (empty), clean aluminum foil

Glass Bottles & Jars

  • Glass water bottles, jars of food (clean)
  • NOT kitchen glassware (like cups, plates, or baking dishes)

Compost

Pomona College composts at each of our dining halls, the Coop Fountain, Cafë47, and at tumblers throughout campus.

  • All food waste (including meat, dairy, and bones)
  • Fiber-based compostables (compostable napkins, bowls, and takeout containers)
  • NOT plant-based plastic compostables (straws, utensils, to-go cups, to-go hot containers)

Hazardous & E-Waste

The following items are toxic to dispose of in the trash and should be taken to collection locations at the Smith Campus Center Mail Room or the Sustainability Office.

  • Propane or butane cylinders
  • CFL bulbs
  • Batteries
  • Paint
  • Electronics (anything with a battery or power cord, like laptops, cell phones, or printers)

Where does our waste go?

All of our waste is picked up by the City of Claremont.

Trash is taken directly to the Mid-Valley Landfill in Rialto, CA (about 20 miles northeast of campus).

Recycling is taken to the Grand Central Recycling and Transfer Station in the City of Industry, CA (about 18 miles southeast of campus) where items are sorted, processed, and (if properly sorted) recycled into a reusable material.

Composting is taken to the Athens Services’ American Organics facility in Victorville, CA (about 57 miles northeast of campus).

Free & Subsidized Transportation

Pomona College provides many resources to increase equitable access to sustainable transportation.

Green Bikes

The Green Bikes program provides year-long bike rental from our student-run program as well as free tune-ups.

Class Pass

The Class Pass provides free bus passes for Foothill Transit. You can pick up your free pass at Honnold Library

Rideshare

The Rideshare program provides a $2 daily incentive for commuting sustainably to campus (carpool, electric vehicle, walk, bike.

Metrolink Reimbursement

Human Resources provides a $100 monthly Metrolink Reimbursement for using the Metrolink for commuting or work-related trips.

PoolCar

PoolCar allows faculty and staff to reserve a campus vehicle (5-seater compact/sedan or 7-seater minivan) for off-campus work-related trips.

Get Involved

If you're passionate about the environment and want to make Pomona a better place for all, there are many ways to take action. Toggle through the dropdowns below or email sustainability@pomona.edu.

EcoReps

EcoReps serve the Pomona College community as a student-run sustainability hub. They believe that everyone has something unique to contribute to the conversation and that environmentalism requires a community-based culture of awareness, care, and engagement. They aim to promote a sustainable lifestyle through advocacy, education, and events. For more information, email ecoreps@pomona.edu, follow on social media (Instagram and Facebook), or subscribe to their EcoNews Bulletin.

Sustainability Office Jobs

The Sustainability Office hires a variety of part-time positions during the school year— EcoReps, Checkouts Program Manager, Data Analyst, Project Managers, Book Room Manager, Communications Manager, ReCoop Managers and Crew, Green Bike Mechanics, and Farm Compost Drivers. Over the summer, we offer a ten-week SAVE Annual Report internship.

All available positions are posted on Handshake. For more information, email sustainability@pomona.edu or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Green Bikes

Student mechanics at the Pomona Green Bike Shop (PGBS) provide bike repair, and other bike-related services for free to students, staff, and faculty at the Claremont Colleges. A central goal of Green Bikes is to make biking more accessible to all students and Claremont College community members. As such, we are looking for mechanics from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences with bikes to reflect the experiences of the students coming into our shop. No previous bike experience is necessary, but a willingness to learn and a passion for supporting others are necessary. 

For more information, email GreenBikes@pomona.edu, visit their webpage or follow them on Facebook.

Organic Farm

The Pomona College Organic Farm is a 1.2-acre working farm in the southeast corner of campus. There are numerous ways to get involved with the Farm!  Come by to volunteer, incorporate the Farm into your studies, apply for student employment, or help us thrive by donating. And check out our Events page to see upcoming workshops, potlucks, and fun at the Farm (free and open to all unless otherwise specified)!

President's Advisory Committee on Sustainability (PACS)

PACS is a committee of faculty, staff, and students that develops strategies, outreach, and programs for increasing campus sustainability. The group meets biweekly on Thursdays during lunch (currently via Zoom) during the academic year. If you're interested in joining the committee, please email sustainability@pomona.edu.

ASPC

The Associated Students of Pomona College (ASPC) has an elected position, the Commissioner for Facilities and the Environment, that works to improve campus sustainability and also sits on the Board of Trustees' Facilities & Environment committee. Email facilities@aspc.pomona.edu with suggestions or ways to get involved.

Data for Classes & Research

The Sustainability Office collects extensive data on energy, water, waste, transportation, food purchasing, and emissions. All data is transparently available for any class projects or research. Please view our SAVE Annual Report for an overview of data and projects and email sustainability@pomona.edu for original data sets or to schedule an interview.

Funding for Projects

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

Sustainability Office

The Sustainability Office has funding for campus projects and special events. Contact the office at sustainability@pomona.edu for more information about possible topics for projects and papers.

President's Sustainability Fund

Launched in 2007, the President's Sustainability Fund has granted over $40,000 for student-initiated projects. The President's Advisory Committee on Sustainability administers the fund, up to $7,500 total per year, for student campus sustainability projects. Students submit proposals in the fall and complete projects in the spring semester. To be eligible for funding, 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:

  • A self-repair bike station at the Smith Campus Center
  • Water bottle refill station in the Smith Campus Center Courtyard
  • Beverage dispensers to reduce plastic water bottle use at Class Day
  • Reusable bags for the Coop Store
  • Compost receptacles for the Coop Fountain
  • Pilot program for reusable dishes in Catering
  • Drying racks installed in residence halls laundry rooms
  • The construction of SolTrain, 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 for residence halls

Contact the Sustainability Office at sustainability@pomona.edu for more information. The Sustainability Office can help you develop project ideas and prepare proposals.

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.