From the Editors

IN UPHOLDING Pitzer College's commitment to environmentally sound practices, we make every effort to incorporate into The Participant and other publications the sustainable use of resources. As the editors of the College's alumni magazine, we have a responsibility to demonstrate that good design and environmental stewardship are compatible with each other and are beneficial to all.

We have long used recycled-content paper and vegetable-based inks to print The Participant and are pleased to announce that the magazine is now a Forest Stewardship Council certified publication. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international nonprofit organization that brings people together to find solutions that encourage responsible stewardship of the world's forests. The FSC promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world's forests and forest products.

FSC certification ensures that the paper used to print this magazine contains fiber from well-managed and responsibly harvested forests that meet strict environmental and socioeconomic standards. This certification process also audits the “Chain of Custody” of FSC-certified products through the printing process assuring that purchasing, inventory management and manufacturing protocols are maintained and followed. For example, our printer, Dual Graphics, uses renewable and sustainable vegetable-based inks exclusively. Certification permits our use of the FSC logo solely on printed products meeting the rigorous standards set by the FSC.

Sustainable living is integral to a Pitzer College education. As you read the stories in this issue, you will learn how the College community is living its motto: Provida Futuri-Mindful of the Future. We hope you will be inspired by the efforts made at Pitzer and by the responsibility we share to preserve and honor the Earth.

Statement of Environmental Policy and Principles

Pitzer College strives to incorporate socially and environmentally sound practices into the operations of the College and the education of our students. Pitzer exists within inter-reliant communities that are affected by personal and institutional choices and the College is mindful of the consequences of our practices. A Pitzer education should involve not just a mastery of ideas, but a life lived accordingly. We are thus committed to principles of sustainability, and dedicated to promoting awareness and knowledge of the impacts of our actions on humanity and the rest of nature.

—Adopted in 2002 by the Pitzer College Council