Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Environmental Analysis

Reader 1

Bowman Cutter

Reader 2

Alexis Reyes

Reader 3

Marc Los Huertos


California state organics recycling requirements for large commercial institutions have amplified the question of localness because centralized, cheaper, and more efficient waste management companies are already composting commercial waste. Concerns about the environmental viability of Pomona College’s current food waste and green waste management practices from transportation emissions, barriers to Zero Waste, and the potential for carbon sequestration through composting led to the investigation of on-campus in-vessel aerobic composting. This thesis examines two in-vessel aerobic composters alongside current waste management practices and evaluates their logistical feasibility and economic efficiency from a social perspective. The resulting social benefit-cost analysis of the FOR Solutions Model 1000 and Food Waste Experts Rocket A900 determines that an on-campus aerobic digester at Pomona College does not have a competitive advantage over the City of Claremont composting services.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.