Pitzer College Office of Sustainability
Since its founding in 1963, Pitzer College has been committed to sustainability. Its environmental studies program began in the 1970s and the College has been practicing what it teaches ever since. One of the colleges named in the Princeton Review’s 2014 Guide to 332 Green Colleges, Pitzer strives to protect what Environmental Analysis Professor Paul Faulstich calls this “marvelous gem of a planet.” Pitzer’s campus-wide initiatives—ranging from innovative LEED-certified residential halls to low-water landscaping—reflect the College’s commitment to making sustainability an integrated part of the way students live and learn at Pitzer.
Announcements & Upcoming Events
An Inconvenient Sequel: Come watch the sequel to An Inconvenient Truth, An Inconvenient Sequel with EcoCenter! There will be popcorn, pizza from the Shakedown (vegan options available!), and other snacks! Film will be shown in the GSC’s MPR at 8 PM on Thursday, 11/16.
Don Gould featured in The Chronicle: Donald P. Gould, vice chair of the College’s Board of Trustees and chair of the investment committee, spoke with The Chronicle of Higher Eduaction to discuss Pitzer’s recent move to invest in the first ever global equity index fund that is both environmental, social and governance (ESG)-focused and fossil fuel-free. Read the article here!
Endowment Investing: Following through on the steps outlined in 2014’s Fossil Fuel Divestment-Climate Action Model, Pitzer and BlackRock, INC. have created the first ever global equity index fund that is both environmental, social and governance (ESG)-focused and fossil fuel-free. The fund is designed to help endowments, foundations and other nonprofit organizations meet their responsible investment goals. Read more about this fantastic achievement here and here.
ReRoom Yard Sales: Thank you to all the new and returning students (and their parents) who purchased items at our two ReRoom yard sales! ReRoom staff made over $5,000 in sales, and diverted tons of waste from entering the landfill! Of course none of this would have been possible without the donations from so many students at the end of last semester, the hard work of ReRoom staff members, and collaboration with the College’s Facilities staff – thanks to all involved!
We Are Still In Coalition: On December 19, 2016, President Oliver signed onto a letter developed by Second Nature and a diverse group of Higher Education Institutions that was sent to the new Congressional delegation and incoming Presidential transition team on January 17, 2017. This letter urged them to accelerate progress towards a clean energy future. The full text of that letter can be seen here. In light of President Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Agreement, President Oliver joined a grand total of 1,219 governors, mayors, businesses, investors, and colleges and universities from across the U.S., representing the broadest cross section of the American economy yet assembled in pursuit of climate action, today in declaring their intent to continue to ensure the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing carbon emissions. Read the full letter and learn more about the We Are Still In Coalition here.
5C Sus & Env Events Calendar: Sustainability staff across the 5Cs have recently created an online events calendar with information on all of the sustainability and environmental events that are happening at the Claremont Colleges. The calendar can be found here; take a look and choose some events to attend! If you would like to have your event included in the calendar, please email the event info to email@example.com.
Environmental Jobs Board: The Office of Sustainability has recently created a Sustainability/Environmental Jobs Board, so if you are looking for a job or internship, make sure to check it out! New jobs will continue to be added on a weekly basis over school year.
5C Ride Share: Heading back to campus and need a ride from the airport? Check out ASPC’s 5C ride share website. There you can post or join a ride from LAX & Ontario airports and save yourself money and gas in the process!
2016 Cool Schools: The Sierra Club’s Sierra Magazine recently announced their annual “Cool Schools” rankings and Pitzer came it at #38 of 201 reporting schools! Sierra Club collaborated with AASHE to gather the raw data for the rankings. The institutions were evaluated in 11 categories, including academics, energy, innovation, water use, and fossil fuel divestment. See the full rankings here.
Did You Know?: Pitzer students started a food recovery program in January 2016, and since then have donated over 2,900 pounds of food from the dining hall to a local community-based organization! Over the same time period, dining hall staff collected around 28,000 pounds of food waste for composting! The food waste was composted both on-campus by student workers and at Huerta del Valle, a community farm in Ontario. Thanks to all the students and staff involved in these great efforts!
Pitzer Earns STARS Gold!: Pitzer has earned a STARS Gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) for its first STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) report! The credits included in STARS span the breadth of higher education sustainability and include performance indicators and criteria organized into four categories: Academics, Engagement, Operations, and Planning & Administration. See the full report here.
Now Accepting E-waste: Do you have electronic waste to dispose of? Don’t throw these items into the trash, as electronics may contain lead, copper, and other heavy metals or potentially toxic substances. Instead, bring your batteries, light bulbs, and small electronics to the new E-Waste Recycling Center in the mail room and dispose of these items properly!
Green Dishware Now Available: Are you hosting a meeting or event on campus? Don’t waste money on dishware that will end up in the landfill! Check out our reusable, made from 100% recycled materials dishware instead! Cups, small and large plates, and cutlery are available for use, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request.
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