Cal Poly Pomona’s efforts in sustainability received high marks in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 399 Green Colleges, 2018. The university scored a green rating of 92 out of a possible 99.
Among the achievements used for scorings are:
- Use of reclaimed water for 100% of irrigation,
- 70% waste diversion rate,
- Annual greenhouse gas inventories to assist the campus in reducing carbon dioxide emissions,
- The number of courses offerings that are sustainability related,
- Faculty and staff engagement in sustainable research, and
- The rideshare program and incentives for commuters who carpool.
The John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies was featured for its degree program and minor, as well as student and faculty work on low-energy technology and building plans, and other processes that can “restore, renew, and revitalize their own sources of energy and materials.”
The university’s sustainability efforts include green building standards, which have resulted in five campus buildings being certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Collins College of Hospitality Management expansion and the Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex (BRIC) are certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold status. The College of Business Administration and the Residential Suites Phase 2 earned LEED silver. Parking Structure 2 has received two sustainability awards, and both the new student services building and dormitory buildings are being built to meet LEED standards.
Students at Cal Poly Pomona can join campus sustainability efforts by participating in the Bronco Energy Competition and the Green Space program.
More information can be found on CPP’ sustainability website.