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Sontag Hall as seen from Pomona Hall balcony

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Pomona College, Stontag and Pomona Hall

It’s hard to get LEED Platinum certification but that’s just what these two new residence halls at Pomona College, in Claremont, Calif., were able to do, the first in the state to get such a distinction. Built to house 150 students, the buildings are beautiful modern structures of glass, wood, and steel, but they have some pretty amazing eco-friendly features under their sleek surfaces. Some of the highlights include solar hot water heaters, solar panels, high efficiency windows, lighting, and HVAC systems, low-flow fixtures, rainwater recycling, an underground parking lot, a green roof, native landscaping, and recycled and local construction materials. The residence halls are just two of several LEED-approved buildings at the school, making Pomona a very sustainable campus.