For the fifth consecutive year, Cal Poly Pomona has been recognized for its commitment to the environment in Princeton Review’s annual “Guide to 332 Green Colleges.”
In the 2014 publication, Cal Poly Pomona is highlighted for its efforts in reducing its carbon footprint, offering commuting alternatives and promoting recycling. In addition, the guide highlights the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, where students and faculty can “see their research put to immediate practical use.”
“It’s clear that we’re recognized by other institutions for being a leader in sustainability,” says Professor Kyle Brown, director of the Lyle Center and chair of the university’s Environmental Sustainability Task Force. “There’s a large set of students and prospective students who care about the environment. It’s important that we demonstrate how we are environmentally conscious as a university.”
Many of the new construction projects are designed to meet LEED certification, such as the new Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex, which is slated to open in the fall and is aiming for silver certification. The College of Business Administration complex, which opened in 2012, earned LEED silver status as well. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a voluntary green building certification program with four levels: certification, silver, gold and platinum.
Cars and commuting remain a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. The university’s Rideshare program provides incentives for faculty, staff and students to carpool and use public transportation. Campus shuttles are powered by cleaner-burning natural gas can take people to nearly every corner of campus. Many of the university’s own fleet of vehicles, such as those used by facilities staff, is powered by electricity.
The Princeton Review guide is based on an annual survey that measures college’s and university’s commitment to the environment and to sustainability. The 2013 survey included course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. The list was created in partnership with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council.