Pitzer College Triples Sustainable Power to EV Drivers on Earth Day 2019

Happy Earth Day!  In a dramatic expansion of the Pitzer College’s commitment to environmental sustainability, the College dedicated six new ChargePoint electric vehicle charging stations in its East Mesa parking lot.  This expansion triples the number of Pitzer’s electric vehicle charging stations.

Ribbon cutting, electric vehicle charging stations
Ribbon cutting and dedication

“This is the next exciting chapter in the story of the Pitzer community’s dedication to its values. It is the result of an intensive six-month collaboration across the college from the president to cabinet members to Advancement to Facilities and a generous parent of a current student,” said Laura Troendle, Treasurer and Vice President for Finance and Administration. 

Pitzer celebrated the activation of the new charging stations at an Earth Day ribbon cutting attended by students, faculty and staff. “This is the kind of difference that our community makes each and every day at Pitzer College,” observed Neil Macready, Vice President for Advancement, in his remarks about a half-year journey leading to the Earth Day activation of the charging stations. 

Charging stations

The six new charging units and their installation are fully funded by contributions, which is another breakthrough model for innovation at Pitzer.

  • A $30,000 donation from the FivePoint EV Charging Station donation program which is funded in part by the NewHall Land and Farming Company.
  • Another anonymous $20,000 donation from the parent of a Pitzer student paid for the costs of on-site preparation and installation of the charging stations, and the associated software.
Charging station demonstration

Assistant Vice President of Campus Facilities Patrice Langevin, who, along with Bev Lloyd, Assistant Director of Maintenance, Operations and Construction, obtained the grant that paid for the six charging stations, reiterated the collaborative project process across the College and also recognized the many staff members who transformed the widespread Pitzer community’s generosity and commitment into active charging stations next to Pitzer Hall.  

ChargePoint representative Michael Hoffman then gave an overview of the charging station design, smart device app control and operation, while Assistant Director of Facilities and Custodial Services Mark Crawbuck and numerous staff members supported the event and answered questions about the installation process.