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Report Card 2011

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Pomona College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Pomona College

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Endowment: $1,499 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Claremont, California


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


Please note: Data was collected in summer 2010 and may no longer be current.


Data compiled from survey responses, when available, and from independent research, when needed. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the  Methodology section.

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The President’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability, one of three sustainability-focused committees on campus, administers a grant program dedicated to funding student-run infrastructure projects. In 2009, Pomona opened a sustainability integration office, staffed by a full-time director, which is responsible for developing and implementing campus sustainability programs.
Pomona plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent from 2007 levels by the end of 2020 and has installed high-efficiency lighting in all campus buildings. An energy management system provides the college with HVAC and lighting control for campus buildings.
Dining services at Pomona purchases vegetables, fruit, milk, and seafood from local growers and processors. All milk served on campus is hormone and antibiotic free, and all seafood meets sustainability guidelines. A discount is offered for using a reusable mug, and all meals are trayless. Excess food is donated to a local homeless shelter. Dining services also employs a full-time sustainable food coordinator.
All new construction projects at Pomona must target LEED Gold certification. Pomona has three LEED-certified buildings, and six other buildings meet standards equivalent to LEED. The college has installed waterless urinals in one-third of bathrooms on campus and low-flow faucets in all buildings.
A number of students sit on the President’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability as well as on the Board of Trustees Facilities and Environment Committee. The college provides for 50 sustainability-related internships each year. PEAR, or Pomona for Environmental Activism and Responsibility, one of five environmentally focused student groups on campus, conducted a food waste audit in September 2009 and worked to implement a composting program in residence halls.
More than half of the vehicles in Pomona’s fleet are 100 percent electric. A campus website coordinates carpools, and staff and faculty are offered cash incentives to commute using environmentally preferable means. The college also has 144 bikes in its bike-sharing program, available at no cost to students and staff.
The university makes a list of asset allocation and external managers, as well as equity, fixed income, real estate, hedge fund, private equity, venture capital, natural resource, and cash holdings, available to trustees and senior administrators. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level is made available to all members of the school community upon request.
The university aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds.
The Committee on Social Responsibility, an advisory committee including one administrator, three faculty, three staff, and three students, makes proxy voting recommendations to the president.
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