Living in Sustainable Buildings, Landscapes and Communities

Sustainable development. . . meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. —Brundtland Report, World Commission on Environment & Development

Buildings that Teach
Buildings developed using ecological design naturally take on a distinctive identity that communicates a vital sense of place. Pitzer will create buildings that teach by emphasizing local, renewable or recycled materials; exploiting passive and active strategies for efficient building operations; limiting negative impacts on the environment (e.g., storm water); involving students in conservation activities (e.g., recycling and riding bicycles), and exposing sustainable features to residents. At no increase in construction cost, Pitzer will also lower its long-term operating costs for the buildings.

Landscapes for Learning
Gardens created using local and climate-adapted plants, natural materials, and water permeable surfaces can contribute to ecological sustainability while meeting human needs for places to gather and learn. Pitzer will expand its Rodman Arboretum to encompass the new residence halls, and create an outdoor “living classroom” to demonstrate sustainable landscaping methods.

A Standard for Sustainable Living
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the national standard for sustainable buildings created by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED offers a framework for meeting sustainability goals, and has been adopted by Pitzer College as its benchmark for the Residential Life Project. The College expects to achieve “Silver” or “Gold” certification. Visit