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. 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
Redford Conservancy is LEED Platinum!: The Robert Redford Conservancy, located on 12 acres north of Pitzer’s main campus, held its first full semester of classes and programming this spring following a year-long renovation of the historic Claremont Colleges infirmary. That top-to-bottom renovation turned an abandoned, nearly 90-year-old facility into a showcase for responsible, collaborative green building. In addition to earning USGBC’s highest LEED certification in the New Construction and Major Renovation category, the Redford Conservancy is on track to becoming The Claremont Colleges’ first net zero energy building, meaning it produces as much energy as it uses over the course of the year. Read the full story here.
ReRoom Spring Collection: Our annual collection of donated items was a great success! Working throughout finals week and graduation, ReRoom staff collected enough donations to fill 4 shipping containers! These items will be held in storage over the summer and then sold at yard sales to new and returning students in August. Keep an eye out for more information on the sales!
Food Waste Initiatives Update: This school year, student volunteers from Pitzer’s chapter of the Food Recovery Network donated about 2,111 pounds of leftover food from the dining hall to the Salvation Army in Ontario. During the same time, Pitzer diverted over 79,000 pounds of food waste from entering the landfill by participating in the City of Claremont’s food waste recycling program. Thank you to all the FRN volunteers, facilities and dining hall staff, Bon Appétit, and City of Claremont staff who made this all possible!
5C PowerDown: For the second year in a row, Pitzer is the 5C PowerDown champion! This year, Pitzer reduced it’s electricity consumption by a whopping 10.2% during the competition! Coming in a close second was Scripps, with a huge 9.7% reduction, and Pomona was in third was a 6% reduction. Great job all around, and a big thank you to EcoCenter and all the other sponsoring student groups!
OFO Bikeshare: On Wednesday, Feb. 22, Pomona College launched a pilot program with the station-free bike sharing company ofo. All rides for students, staff and faculty are free for the next few weeks. Riders will need to download the ofo app to participate. Click here for more information on how the bike share works.
Free Class Pass!: Thanks to a partnership between the Claremont Colleges and Foothill Transit, students are now able to receive a free Class Pass for unlimited rides on Foothill Transit buses! Passes can be picked up now at the Connection, just remember to bring your school ID. For more information, click here.
Rockefeller Fund Grant: The Rockefeller Brothers Fund has awarded Pitzer College’s Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability a $50,000, two-year grant to increase public understanding of climate justice and find creative, effective ways to address climate change’s global repercussions. The grant supports two public symposia at Pitzer that will engage communities both on and off campus with some of the most pressing environmental issues facing the world today. Read the full story here.
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!
5C Sus & Env Events Calendar: Sustainability staff across the 5Cs host 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 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.
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!
Follow us on Twitter!: @SustainablePZ
Gold Student Center, Room 201