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Senior Theses from 2014

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Climate Change Leaders and Laggards: An Analysis of Initiatives in China, the United States, and California, and Their Potential for Collaboration, Taryn Akiyama

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“It’s Like We Are Free”: An Analysis of Soccer-Based Programming in a California Prison, Lillian S. Barrett-O'Keefe

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Connecting Urban Residents to Their Watershed with Green Stormwater Infrastructure: A case study of Thornton Creek in Seattle, Washington, Lisa A. Beem

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Cultivating Human-Nature Relationships: The Role of Parents and Primary Caregivers in Development of Environmental Identity, Anne E. Bremer

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Missing Voices, Hidden Fields: The Gendered Struggles of Female Farmworkers, Keiko A. Budech

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Radical Housewife Activism: Subverting the Toxic Public/Private Binary, Emma Foehringer Merchant

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Where Design Meets Occupant Engagement: Studying the Importance of Occupant Engagement for Green Buildings, LEED and Pomona College, Chelsea Fried

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Fossil Fuel Divestment: The Power and Promise of a Student Movement for Climate Justice, Jessica Grady-Benson

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Making the Desert Bloom: Landscape Photography and Identity in the Owens Valley American West, Kaily A. Heitz

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Energy Storage in the Golden State: An Analysis of the Regulatory and Economic Landscape., Ryan H. Higgins

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Urban Farm and Community Garden Hybrid Models: A Case Study of the Huerta del Valle Community Garden, Leah Hochberg

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Factors of Success in Beekeeping Development Projects and Their Application to South Africa’s Beekeeping Industry, Deirdre Lee

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The Pacific Crest Trail: A History of America’s Relationship with Western Wilderness, Jenn Livermore

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Implementing Green Roofs on Movie Theaters and Shopping Centers: Business Cases in Profitable Sustainability, Ryan J. Miller

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Spreading The Char: The Importance of Local Compatibility in the Diffusion of Biochar Systems to the Smallholder Agriculture Community Context, Laura C. V. Munoz

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Biodynamic Agriculture: A Valuable Alternative to the Industrial Farming System, Eden K. Olsen

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Fish and Fruit for Food Justice Success, Nickelle A. Raschick

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The Reclamation of Public Parks: An Analysis of Environmental Justice in Los Angeles, Allison Rigby

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Earth, Air, Water, Oil: Regulating Fracking in the Monterey Shale with Health and Environment in Mind, Gideon J. Salzman-Gubbay

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Evaluating the Potential Risks and Rewards in the Implementation of a REDD+ Policy in Uganda, Sage Schaftel

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Farming: It's Not Just for Farmers Anymore, Jennifer Schmidt

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Let's Not Eat Alone: A Search for Food Security Justice, Emma Shorr

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A Discussion of the Impact of Political and Economic Forces on Equitable Access to Potable Water in Ecuador and Recommendations for Improvement through Better Watershed Management, Eliza States

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Wetlands and Greenhouse Gas Fluxes: Causes and Effects of Climate Change – A Meta-Analysis, Robert E. Ventura

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A Study of Post-Fire Recovery in Invaded Coastal Sage Scrub at the Bernard Field Station, Dana Marie Von Schaumburg

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AB 32 and SB 375: Investigating Land Use and Transportation Policy on a Regional and Local Scale, Caroline Vurlumis

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Images for a Nation: The Role of Conservation Photography in American Environmentalism, Nathaniel W. Yale

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Reconsidering Firmitas: Durability as an Integral Function of the Sustainably Built Environment, Katherine P. Yzurdiaga

Senior Theses from 2013

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The Concrete River: Industry, Race, and Green Justice on the Banks of the Los Angeles River, Carolyn M. Angius

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Decolonizing Ecology Through Rerooting Epistemologies, Lauren M. Bitter

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School Gardens: Reconnecting Children with Nature and Food, Alyssa M. Boyle

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Living in Place On the Globe: Analyzing Narrative and Opinion Responses of Sixteen Tropical Interviewees to Understand Environmental Realities, Aleksandra Bril

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Public Land and Its Management: Why the Research Is Not Enough, Corinne Calhoun

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Agency Decision-Making for Climate Change: Cost-Benefit Analysis, the Precautionary Principle, and the Bounds of Rationality, Laura Carr

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Justified By Faith: The Upper Susquehanna Lutheran Synod and the Pennsylvania Natural Gas Fracking Controversy, Lena R. Connor

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'Clean Energy' At What Cost?, Rachel E. Conrad

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Sustainable Urban Rail Trails: Designing the Cross Kirkland Corridor, Mia Cooledge

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Fertile Lands and Bodies: Connecting the Green Revolution, Pesticides, and Women’s Reproductive Health, Sarah M.K. Cycon

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Cooking up a Course: Food Education at Pomona College, Christina A. Cyr

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Designing Affordable Housing for Adaptability: Principles, Practices, & Application, Micaela R. Danko

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Conserving Fish and Forests: Community Involvement and Its Limits in Resource Management On the Island of Hawai'i, Amber W. Datta

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Co-Management and the Fight for Rural Water Justice: Learning from Costa Rican ASADAS, Kristin B. Dobbin

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A New Commons: Considering Community-Based Co-Management for Sustainable Fisheries, Charlotte L. Dohrn

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Altering the Urban Frontier: Gentrification and Public Parks in New York City, Sarah E. Evers

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Handcraft and Environmental Knowledge: Mapuche Women Weavers, Priscilla Pambana Gutto Bassett

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Currents of Change: An Urban and Environmental History of the Anacostia River and Near Southeast Waterfront in Washington, D.C., Emily C. Haynes

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Social Entrepreneurship: The Ideal Business for Humanity and the Economy, Maya D. Horgan

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Environmental Economics: A Case Study for the Big Cottonwood Canyon Watershed, Robert Hull

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Fruitful Communities: Evaluating the History and Impacts of TreePeople’s Fruit Tree Program, Kayla B. Imhoff

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A Guide to the Pomona College Organic Farm: An Introduction to the Farm’s History and Basic Gardening Skills and Techniques, Adam J. Long

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Floatovoltaics: Quantifying the Benefits of a Hydro-Solar Power Fusion, Abe McKay

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Play in Place: The Role of Site-Specific Playgrounds in Community Space, Allison Nkwocha

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From Farm to Fork to Landfill: Food Waste and Consumption in America, Mariel Nunley

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Landscapes to Learnscapes: Exploring Schoolyard-based Education, Emily I. Palena and Caroline T. Spurgin

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Oil, Oil, Everywhere: Environmental and Human Impacts of Oil Extraction in the Niger Delta, Julia Pitkin

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Wind Energy Opposition in Vermont: Perspectives on the State's Energy Future, William R. Pitkin IV

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Incentives for Distributed Generation in California: The Rise of Third-Party Solar Development, Joshua M. Propp

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The Stories of Environmental Ethicists in Word and Image, Camille Robins

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Greening the Streets: A Comparison of Sustainable Stormwater Management in Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles, California, Na'ama Schweitzer

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Marston Quadrangle: Past, Present, and Proposals for a Sustainable Future, Meryl Seward

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Water Reuse as Part of San Diego's Water Portfolio, Hillary P. Shipps

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Food Security on Maui: Reinventing Agriculture in the Aloha State, Jade Silver

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The Political Landscape of Hydraulic Fracturing: Methods of Community Response in Central Arkansas, Alyssa M. Solis

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A Policymaker's Guide to Feed-In Tariffs: Encouraging a Responsible Transition to Renewable Electricity in California, Roland P. Thayer

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Wasteland to Wonderland:Sustainable Brownfield Redevelopment Projects in Low-Income Areas of Los Angeles, Rachel L. Warburton

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Cultivating Resistance: Food Justice in the Criminal Justice System, Caitlin M. Watkins

Senior Theses from 2012

The Bernard Field Station: An Unanswered Question, Rebecca Armstrong

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Protecting the Last Tree: Environmental Education in the United States, 1990-2012, Liza R. Baskir

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“Dismantling the Big” Critiquing the Western Development Model and Foreign Aid and Analyzing Alternatives for Domestic Development of Dams in Nepal, Ana Berry

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Amenities Migration: A Case Study on the Retired Expatriate Community in Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador, Denise M. Bustamante

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Walking Los Angeles, Zoe R. Carlberg

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Take Me to the River: Revitalizing LA's Lost Monument, Erin Childs

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Day to Day Change Making: The Transformative Potential of Dumpster Diving, Elizabeth Emery Donovan

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Public Housing in the United States: Using Sustainable Urbanism to Combat Social Exclusion, Jasmine L. Edo

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Community Control and Compensation: An Analysis for Successful Intellectual Property Right Legislation for Access and Benefit Sharing in Latin American Nations, Laurie K. Egan

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Biologically-Derived Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells: A Cleaner Alternative for Solar Energy, Erika S. Falsgraf

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Sediment Removal from the San Gabriel Mountains, Mary C. Ferguson

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Aquculture and Deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon, Gator Halpern

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Biophilic Design at Pomona College: An Analysis of the New Sontag and Pomona Residence Halls, John W. Hasse

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Environmental Critiques of Nuclear Energy, William Hummel

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Get Your Butt Off the Ground!: Consequences of Cigarette Waste and Litter-Reducing Methods, Joyce Lee

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Seattle's Orchards: A Historic Legacy Meets Modern Sustainability, Audrey L. Lieberworth

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Arsenic Contamination in Groundwater in Vietnam: An Overview and Analysis of the Historical, Cultural, Economic, and Political Parameters in the Success of Various Mitigation Options, Thuy M. Ly

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Agricultural Efficiency and the End of the Oil Age; Building a Future of Longevity, Keith McHugh

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Does Design Affect Behavior? A Case Study of Pomona and Sontag Halls, Erin F. Morgan

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Analysis of Biodiesel Quality Using Reversed Phase High-Performance Liquid Chromatography, Kellyann M. Murphy

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Cultivating an Opportunity: Access and Inclusion in Seattle's Community Gardens, Alice K. Opalka

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Exploring German and American Modes of Pedagogical and Institutional Sustainability: Forging a Way into the Future, Lindon N. Pronto

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Our Thirsty World: Contextualized Responses to the World Water Crisis, Eliana Rieders

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Growth on the Gold Line: Evaluating the Foothill Extension and the Potential of Transit-Oriented Development, Adam E. Russell

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BIKEurious: A Transportation Reorientation, Aerienne Russell

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The Full Cost of Renewables: Managing Wind Integration Costs in California, William Savage

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Eco-Labeling: An Argument for Regulation and Reform, Lauren Sherman

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Engaging with Motherhood: Gender and Sexuality in Environmental Justice, Hannah M G Snyder

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Cool Roofs at Pomona College, Jeremiah M. Steuterman

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Educating for Environmental Literacy in America's Public Schools, Annie L. Stoller-Patterson

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San Antonio High School Food Justice Program: A Handbook and Evaluation of Edible Education, Katherine B. Tenneson

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Neustonic Plastic in the Los Angeles River, Annie M. Tran

Senior Theses from 2011

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PCB-Contaminated Food in the Canadian Arctic: Interactions between Environmental Policy, Cultural Values, and the Healthcare System, Katharine K. Brieger

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Inclusionary Zoning: New Ways Forward, Owen Deutsch