Pomona College has been recognized as one of the overall top performers in the 2017 Sustainable Campus Index, a publication of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). At No. 10, Pomona is the only college in California to receive the distinction among baccalaureate institutions.
The AASHE index highlights top-performing colleges and universities in 17 areas and overall by institution type, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).
In addition to the top performer recognition, Pomona was ranked No. 3 in transportation. The College’s rideshare program, discounted electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and other institutional support have increased opportunities for low-emission commuting.
Pomona College has also committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030. This requires the College to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to zero – and then “offsetting” an equivalent amount of any remaining emissions by retrofitting buildings, installing solar panels, investing in off-site renewables and promoting alternative transportation programs.
Located in Claremont, Calif., Pomona College is widely regarded as one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions. Pomona has continued its investments in green building construction, which will have positive effects on future resource use, and the campus is now home to 10 LEED-certified buildings. Grounds teams also have transformed the campus landscape in many areas, replacing turf with drought-tolerant plants, implementing multiple methods for water capture and taking additional water-saving measures. The College is home to an organic farm, a vibrant office of sustainability and an environmental analysis program.