Rooted in Southern California

Planting a garden

In order to more deeply understand and address contemporary environmental problems, we start in our own backyards. The Redford Conservancy begins with a focus on the Inland region of Southern California, which is at the center of an expanding goods movement industry that originates from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and stretches eastwards to the inland regions. Scholars have documented numerous negative environmental injustices associated with this industry, including increased air pollution from diesel trucks and trains, and low-wage contingent work in the warehousing sector, all of which disproportionately affect low-income communities of color in the Inland region.

Students and palm treesHow might students, policymakers, impacted community members, and other stakeholders work together to improve environmental well-being in air and watershed that we all share? These are just some of the uniquely Southern California problems that the Redford Conservancy seeks to tackle through collaborative approaches to environmental challenges.

Rooting down even further, are a variety of more localized efforts by students and faculty to envision and practice environmental sustainability in and around the place of Pitzer College itself. These include hands-on science and environmental education courses taught at the Bernard Field Station, restoration and preservation of native species, and innovative student-artist collaborations such as the recent on-campus Multi-Species Commons spearheaded by SPURSE.