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Liaison Alexis Reyes
Submission Date Oct. 29, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Pomona College
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Ginny Routhe
Director
Sustainability Integration Office
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Does the institution produce the following outreach materials and/or publications that foster sustainability learning and knowledge? :
Yes or No
A central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts Yes
A sustainability newsletter Yes
Social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability Yes
A vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability Yes
Building signage that highlights green building features Yes
Food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems Yes
Signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed Yes
A sustainability walking map or tour Yes
A guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation Yes
Navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians Yes
A guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience Yes
Regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat Yes
Other sustainability publications or outreach materials not covered above Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website:

The Sustainable Pomona website provides information on Pomona's sustainability efforts, including policies, plans, and programs/projects. It also includes green living/working guides for students, staff, and faculty, and provides recent announcements, news, and opportunities. It is directly linked from the bottom of all College web pages.


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A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Sustainability Integration Office sends out an e-newsletter to students and staff on a monthly basis and a weekly listing of sustainability events at the Claremont Colleges. The newsletter features a main article on a monthly themed sustainability topic of interest - for instance, an issue in the community, efforts on campus, alumni work - and announces new programs and policies, upcoming events, and opportunities to get involved on- and off-campus.


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A brief description of the social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability:

Staff at the Sustainability Integration Office manage both a Facebook page and a Twitter account, both under the name Sustainable Pomona. Upcoming sustainability events are marketed heavily via Facebook, and both platforms are used to relay sustainability tips and tidbits themed on the SIO's chosen monthly theme, e.g. water, food, waste, etc.


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A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

The Environmental Analysis program compiles student research on their website and on the Claremont Colleges Library website which contains scholarship from all of the Claremont Collges. Student research concerning campus sustainability issues is available on the Sustainability Integration Office's website (see also: http://www.pomona.edu/administration/sustainability/students/projects/academic-projects.aspx)


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A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

Building signage that highlights green building features: Recently constructed LEED-certified buidings include signage to highlight green features, while all buildings receive signage about operations and programs (e.g. "where to put your wastes," "how to save paper," etc.). The new LEED Platinum residence halls, opened summer of 2011, have prominent signage in common spaces and within dorm rooms/suites, laundry rooms, kitchens, and waste areas as well as signage for sustainable landscaping and site features.


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A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

Dining Services provides informational signage about sustainability issues including tray less dining, eating lower on the food chain, local farms that supply produce, composting, 100% recycled cups, humane meats and eggs and reusable to-go containers. Specific food items with environmental benefit (e.g. organic, fair trade, vegan, local) also receive signage. Signage includes educational posters, signs, table tents, and other methods of communicating the importance of organic/local/fair trade/vegan/etc. and the dining hall's efforts.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:

The new residence halls includes signage about stormwater management efforts, landscaping choices, and materials employed to reduce the heat-island effect on campus. Recent plantings by the student-led Ralph Cornell Society of Native Planters also include signage about native planting and the history of landscaping at the college.


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A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

A Pomona College Sustainability Tour pamphlet can be found in a variety of locations around campus, including the Admissions Building and the President's Office. Sustainability locations, such as the Organic Farm, the new LEED-certified science buildings, and bioswales in the Stanley Quadrangle are identified on a map.


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A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:

A guide for students about alternative methods of transportation in the surrounding area as well as public transportation directions to popular local destinations. There three campus publications describing transit options - a quick brochure describing various transit systems and popular destinations; a detailed guide of activities, restaurants, and sites surronding specific transit destinations (train/bus stops); and a guide for taking transit to most of the activities on the College's popular "47 Things" list (http://www.pomona.edu/administration/campus-center/files/public-transportation-47-things.pdf and http://www.pomona.edu/administration/campus-center/services-programs/transportation-options.aspx).


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A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

The Master Plan of Pomona College, resubmitted in 2014, includes a bicycle and pedestrian circulation plan to best allow for safe and free use of bicycles while keeping pedestrian safety in mind. A map is available online to locate all of the bike racks on campus. The Green Bike Shop is open four days a week with staff to offer free repairs and education. Their free checkout program includes a mandatory educational session on safety and tips each semester. A bicycle repair station is located next to Smith Campus Center with a QRC linking to repair information and advice.


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A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

The "Little Green Book" is a student guide to engaging in sustainable living at Pomona and includes tips for waste management, energy and water conservation, computing and printing, dining, cleaning, doing laundry, hosting events, and more.


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A brief description of regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:

The Student Life, Pomona's student newspaper, has one or two reporters that cover sustainability, along with other articles. This past year, there was a sustainability article approximately every other week.


The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:
A brief description of another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above (1st material):

Green Purchasing Guide: This guide to environmentally-friendly purchasing is distributed to all participants of the Green Office Program and is available online for the campus community.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (2nd material):

Sustainability Annual Report: Every year the Sustainability Integration Office publishes an annual report of the previous year's efforts and benchmarks (including data such as energy use, water use, waste diversion, etc.). This report is submitted to the President and posted online every year.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (3rd material):

Signage: The Sustainability Integration Office produces a wide variety of signage for offices, residence halls, and other buildings on campus, including reminders to turn off lights, information about checking out laundry racks, maps of nearby composting locations, etc.


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