Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability


The mission of the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability at Pitzer College is to educate the next generation of environmental change-makers. The confluence of art, media, environmental sciences and creativity are central at the Redford Conservancy to reflect the way actual progress is made in the 21st century. Combining research with hands-on learning and applying a liberal arts perspective, the Redford Conservancy  prepares students to create solutions for the most challenging and urgent sustainability problems facing the planet today. Research and studies from the Conservancy influence regional, national and global policymaking.

The Redford Conservancy at Pitzer College occupies the historic Marston and Maybury-designed former infirmary located on 11.88 acres of Pitzer’s North Campus in Claremont, CA.

Beginning in spring 2013, the building will be repurposed and renovated using innovative design and sustainable construction methods. The Conservancy’s headquarters will host its first academic programming in fall 2014.This project is made possible by a gift from Susan and Nicholas Pritzker— the largest single donation in the College’s history.


Pitzer College

Pitzer College is the ideal home for a conservancy dedicated not only to preserving the natural world but to rethinking ways of shaping the built environment. Located on the eastern edge of Los Angeles, the country’s most populous county, at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, Pitzer is perfectly positioned to investigate complex issues facing communities where urban, suburban, agricultural and wilderness areas overlap. At the Redford Conservancy, faculty, environmental experts and community stakeholders work with students to develop problem-solving approaches to shape policies regarding ethical water and energy use, human and ecosystem health, air and food quality and transportation alternatives in the region.

Pitzer College is a top-ranked undergraduate liberal arts institution and the national leader in Fulbright Fellowships awarded each year. One of the first colleges in the country to launch an environmental studies program, Pitzer has promoted environmental awareness for nearly 50 years. The College researches, teaches and lives its commitment to sustainability. A member of The Claremont Colleges, Pitzer offers a distinctive approach to a liberal arts education by linking intellectual inquiry with interdisciplinary studies, cultural immersion, so cial responsibility and community involvement. For more information, please visit