Building Sustainability at Cal Poly Pomona

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We Are Called to Action

As humankind moves firmly into a third century since the start of the Industrial Revolution, an undeniable reality has become painfully apparent — the precious natural resources that fuel our ever-advancing, technology-dependent lifestyle will not last forever. And worse yet, exhausting them in the manner we do is causing irreparable harm to the planet that sustains us.

A call for change has gone out and Cal Poly Pomona is answering that call.

In spring 2007, I convened a task force of administrators, faculty, staff and students to develop an institutional response to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, a high-visibility effort to address climate change undertaken by a network of colleges and universities nationwide. As an enthusiastic participant, Cal Poly Pomona is determined to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions from specified campus operations and promote educational efforts that encourage society to enact similar efforts.

The Cal Poly Pomona Climate Action Plan is the outstanding result of the Climate Commitment Task Force’s hard work. This document reaffirms the university’s long-standing effort to embrace and promote environmental sustainability and firmly establishes Cal Poly Pomona as a leader of the Climate Commitment.

Following through on the Task Force’s recommendations will not be easy; it will require the streamlining of procedures and behavioral changes that won’t always come naturally. We welcome the challenge, however, and vow to work together to achieve our goals — not only because we wish to, but because we must.

As a result, I look to the future of our campus, our community and our planet with renewed excitement that through sacrifice, forethought and innovation we can halt our negative impact and begin the healing process.

J. Michael Ortiz,
President, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Cal Poly Pomona celebrates a long history of climate commitment and sustainable practices. Explore this site to learn more about the university’s participation in the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, the Climate Action Plan, and what we’re doing to conserve energy and water, eliminate waste, and reduce transportation emissions. Students, faculty, and staff are constantly finding new ways to implement sustainable ideas on campus. This is just one of the many ways Cal Poly Pomona incorporates its ‘Learn by Doing’ motto into the educational experience.