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2005-2006 Spotlight Archives

Three Valleys Supports Green Building

Dan Segal
Three Valleys MWD board member, Brian Bowcock, presents plaque commemorating the Residential Life Project Groundbreaking to President Trombley.

Water conservation has emerged as a major element of Pitzer College’s plansto build sustainable residence halls, and it is garnering important support from Three Valleys Municipal Water District. “By working hard to save water, Pitzer essentially provides water for other uses and long term storage, thus creating a more sustainable approach to water use” states agency board member, Brian Bowcock. For this reason, Three Valleys MWD has committed to providing Pitzer with low-flow water fixtures for the residence halls which will greatly reduce indoor water usage, and also provided sponsorship support for the groundbreaking ceremony in September.

Water is Bowcock’s passion, and it has become something of a family affair. Beginning his career in water at age 17 working for the City of Ontario, he eventually retired as Director of Public Works for La Verne. Both his son and his son in-law have followed in his footsteps: “My son started his water career at 17 with MWD, now has his business in Claremont dealing with water rights, and my son-in-law was 20 when he started and became Utility Manager for the City of Big Bear.” Pitzer hopes to inspire similar commitment to water conservation and the responsible use of all natural resources.

For Pitzer, water conservation is an expression of the College’s core values concerning social responsibility, environmental awareness, and community involvement. But, in demonstrating good citizenship, the College also has the opportunity to save money spent on utilities and to set an example for students in how to live after they graduate. Bowcock points out that “With the continued large-scale growth occurring, many people realize that there is only ‘so much to go around.’ More responsible use of resources is not just the right thing to do, it demonstrates to others how easy and sensibly it can be done.”

“We are pleased to have the strong support of Three Valleys Municipal Water District,” remarks President Trombley, “for it is only through these kinds of vital partnerships with local agencies that we can achieve our ambitious goal to reach Gold LEED certification.”

-Richard Chute ’84