Prof. Rick Hazlett teaches a small group at the Farm's outdoor classroom.
- The Environmental Analysis Program The EA Program offers a major, minor, and selection of environmental courses. Majors take a set of core classes and then select an area of concentration. The Program also hosts lectures, films, field trips, and other educational events open to the campus community. In June 2009 the program received a $1.5 million grant from the Mellon Foundation to support development of an intercollegiate program between the five Claremont Colleges. The bulk of this grant will be used to partially fund new faculty positions in environmental areas.
- The Organic Farm The Farm is administered by the EA Program and is divided into two sections: the East Farm serves as an outdoor classroom and laboratory for EA85 Farms and Gardens, a popular course on sustainable agriculture; the West Farm includes plots that Pomona students, staff, and faculty can reserve to grow their own crops, a cob oven, an outdoor classroom, a chicken coop, and an Earth Dome constructed with sustainable techniques.
- Bernard Field Station This 86-acre station is located a mile north of Pomona's campus and is run by the Claremont University Consortium. This rare piece of undeveloped natural landscape is used by Biology and other departments for research.
- Study Abroad programs In 2010-11, the Office of Study Abroad offered 18 approved programs that offered students the opportunity to study environmental issues.
- EA190 Senior Seminar In coordination with the Sustainability Integration Office, the Environmental Analysis Program (see below) debuted a new senior seminar format with students in small groups working on semester-long real-world capstone projects, including issues on- and off-campus.
- Outdoor Education Center (OEC) The OEC (see below) now provides both logistical and technical support for curricular projects that connect students with outdoor environments.
- New solar classroom area The College’s new residence halls include a rooftop classroom area for curricular integration of the building’s solar systems.
- Sustainable OA and OTL The On The Loose and Orientation Adventure programs have committed to sustainability by emphasizing local trips, buying in bulk, recycling and composting waste from trips, and using produce from the on-campus Organic Farm.
- Summer research projects In 2010-11, sustainability-related projects were funded by the Summer Undergraduate Research Program, which includes funding for the Schultz Environmental Studies grant, and by the Mellon Environmental Analysis Program.
- Outdoor Education Center The College's Outdoor Education Center is one of the nation's premier outdoor education centers, and provides equipment, training, and more for outdoor activities including On The Loos (OTL), the five-college outdoor adventure club, and Orientation Adventure (OA) for incoming first-year students. All of these activities connect students and the college community with the natural environment throughout Southern California and the Western Region and trains participants in leave no trace and other sustainable outdoor practices.
- Sustainability eNewsletters Students, staff, faculty, and others can sign up to receive a regular e-newsletter about sustainability efforts, programs, and events.
- Theme Months The Sustainability Integration Office and PEAR (Pomona for Environmental Activism and Responsibility) planned four theme months: waste (Sept.), energy (Nov.), environmental justice (Feb.) and food (Apr.). Each month featured activities, programming, awareness campaigns, and more associated with the topic.
- Distinguished Lecture: Van Jones As a part of the Pomona College Distinguished Lecture Series, the College presented the Van Jones lecture “Beyond Green Jobs: The Next American Economy and the Politics of Hope.”
- Events 2010-11 included a variety of sustainability-related speakers, including Captain Charles Moore (who discovered the Great Pacific Gyre), Binka Le Breton (“Where the Road Ends: A Home in the Brazilian Rainforest”), Edward Wilson (founder and president of Earthwatch), Carolyn Merchant (“From the Control of Nature to Partnership”), and Mark Winne (“Food, Freedom, and Authority: Who Will Control the Food We Eat?”).
- Orientation programs To facilitate sustainability awareness during orientation for new students, the SIO conducted green living training for all Sponsors and Resident Assistants and distributed “The Little Green Book,” a sustainable living guide.
- People | Places | Spaces: Second Annual Sustainability Film Festival This year’s film series focused on environmental justice and included “Green, Green Water,” “Gasland,” “Waste Land,” “Grassroots Rising,” “Bus Riders Union,” “Up the Yangtze,” and “Red Dust."
- Earth Week events The SIO and student groups once again hosted a variety of Earth Day/Earth Week events, including the 5th Annual Organic Dinner.
- Green Office Program This program allows offices in the College to gain recognition for adopting sustainable practices in their purchasing practices, resource use, and waste disposal. As of publication, this program has certified 10 offices on campus.
- Educational materials This year, the SIO continued its use of a variety of educational materials including stickers for light switches and recycling bins, mirror films reminding people to conserve water, and cards with information about the campus’ recycling program which were distributed to staff and faculty.
- Sustainable Claremont partnership The College has continued its partnership with Sustainable Claremont including participating in the City’s annual Earth Day Festival and co-hosting Sustainability Dialogs, a monthly lecture series.
- Community partnerships The Draper Center for Community Partnerships engages in a wide variety of sustainability-related community programs, including a community food security assessment in local communities and a mentorship program at the Farm.
Progress toward goals for 2020
The following table includes relevant objectives from the College's Sustainability Action Plan.
|Data point||08-09||09-10||10-11||2020 Objective|
|% of courses sustainability-focused||Data not available||5.50%||3.3%||General increase|
|% of courses sustainability-related||Data not available||12.70%||10.0%||General increase|
|Campus-related projects*||Consistent with 07-08||Consistent with 08-09||Strong increase||General increase|
|% offices in Green Office Program||N/A||7.90%||12.0%||30%|
|% of students taken sustainability pledge**||N/A||N/A||N/A||50%|
|% of staff/faculty taken sustainability pledge**||N/A||N/A||N/A||30%|
|% of students signed up for newsletter||Data not available||7.90%||12.0%||30%|
|% of staff/faculty signed up for newsletter||Data not available||16.90%||20.0%||25%|
|Sustainability-related campus events*||Consistent with 07-08||Increase||Increase||General increase|
* General sense of SIO staff and students.
** Pledge is not yet created.