Funding for Projects

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

Sustainability Office

The Sustainability Office has funding for campus projects and special events. Contact the office at 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 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.