Pomona College has been named to The Princeton Review 2014 Green Honor Roll, one of 22 colleges in the country earning the highest possible score (99) of most environmentally friendly in this year's tally of 832 institutions' environmentally related practices, policies and academic offerings.
The honor roll notes the myriad ways Pomona is at the top of the sustainability pack, including:
- a policy since 2003 that new buildings on campus be held to rigorous environmental standards;
- the College's regular retrofitting of all existing buildings;
- the LEED Platinum status of Sontag and Pomona Residence Halls;
- Pomona's Environmental Analysis Program;
- funding for student and faculty sustainability research;
- and student and campus engagement projects like the Organic Farm, a space to grow and promote sustainable agriculture, and Food Rescue, a student-led initiative that takes prepared but unserved food from Frank and Frary Dining Halls and delivers it to a local homeless shelter.
Pomona was also recognized in six of the guide's other lists, which are based on student surveys. The College was ranked #4 for Great Financial Aid, #5 for Best College Dorms, #5 for Best-Run Colleges; #7 for Best Science Lab Facilities, #8 for Least Religious Students, and #13 for Their Students Love These Colleges.
The Princeton Review also recognizes Pomona College as the #5 Top Best Value Private Colleges, a list which designates the "best overall bargains based on cost and financial aid among the most academically outstanding colleges in the nation."
The complete list of the colleges and universities on the 2014 Green Honor Roll is at www.princetonreview.com/green-honor-roll.aspx. The list also appears in Princeton Review's "The Best 378 Colleges" guide.