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“The Sustainable University: In Search of the Sustainable Campus”
Chronicle of Higher Education
October 20, 2006
   Laura Skandera Trombley, Pitzer’s president, says sustainability is integral to the curriculum and history of her college. The convictions of the students at Pitzer, she says, have influenced changes in college operations, both large and small. Students have set up vegetable gardens, composting areas, and a “green bikes” program, which repairs castoff bikes and offers them to students who need to get around The Claremont Colleges, of which Pitzer is a part. Taking a cue from the students, the college is building a new residence hall that will get gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, which has a rating system to evaluate the environmental impact of buildings.
  Pitzer’s most striking sustainability effort shows up, oddly, in the lack of green on campus. Here in thirsty Southern California, significant portions of the campus lawn—which required frequent watering—have been removed and replaced with native and desert plants.

“Rising Stars: Leading a College with a Conscience
Laura Skandera Trombley, Pitzer College”

University Business Magazine
November 2006
    Laura Skandera Trombley was recognized as one of five “rising star” college presidents for her close connection with students and faculty and for being a leader who knows that moving ahead is about working together.

Jim Marchant, Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs, Selected as a Member of the American Council on Renewable Energy Steering Committee (ACORE)
Selected by ACORE’s Board of Directors, representatives from twenty-five accredited institutions have been invited to establish the Steering Committee and forward their mission to help move renewable energy into the mainstream of the American economy and lifestyle.

“Thinking Outside the Box”
Mother Jones Magazine
September/October 2006
   There’s a Wal-Mart a few blocks away from Southern California’s Pitzer College, but in January, the student senate said it would no longer reimburse purchases made at the chain, and the administration has since encouraged students and staff to look for bargains elsewhere.

National College Recognition

Nation’s third best faculty and eighth most politically active students in The Princeton Review’s The Best 361 Colleges Princeton Review
Fifty-first overall in the nation among liberal arts colleges in the 2007 U.S.News & World Report America’s Best Colleges rankings. Ranked eleventh in diversity out of 215 liberal arts colleges US News
Recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education as the second highest “Top Producer of Fulbright Awards” for U.S. bachelor’s institutions  
Editor’s Choice as one of the “most artsy schools” in the 2007 edition of The Insider’s Guide to The Colleges, which is compiled and edited by the staff of The Yale Daily News. Insider's Guide
One of CosmoGIRL’s Top 50 Colleges for 2006 for third consecutive year CosmoGIRL
At the Campus Compact 20/20 Visioning Summit on October 17, 2006, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) announced that Pitzer College is one of twenty-eight campuses in California to be distinguished for community service and Katrina relief efforts.