Pomona College's new student housing complex is the first residence hall in California to receive a Leed Platinum certification, which is given out based on sustainable and environmental practices in a building. The campus residence managed to achieve that rating by abandoning the stylistic cues from the rest of the buildings around the college, instead showing a commitment to ecological wellbeing.
Most of the buildings throughout Pomona College employ the traditional California (and southwest) vernacular of terracotta tile roofing. While that aesthetic is valid, it effectively wastes space that might otherwise be used for energy generation, especially in sunny Pomona. The new residence has flat roofs that hold photovoltaic arrays, producing 14 percent of the annual electrical needs and 80 percent of the hot water heating.