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
ReRoom Winter Collection: Starting Monday, 12/17, ReRoom will be accepting donations as part of our annual Winter Collection! These items will be stored until next fall, when they will be available for sale to incoming and returning students, with all proceeds going to support student sustainability projects. ReRoom welcomes donations of common residence hall items that are in good working order and acceptable for resale or donation. So, if you are graduating, leaving to study abroad next semester, or just looking to de-clutter, please consider donating your used items to ReRoom. Donation boxes will be available in the lobbies of the GSC and Mead Hall through Friday, 12/21. Click here for more information.
ReRoom Quick Facts: Curious to know more about ReRoom. Take a look at the 2018 Collection and Sale Quick Facts! While ReRoom operated at a loss of $386 for the year, our work diverted tons of waste from entering the landfill, provided a low-cost alternative to buying new items, and employed 15 student staff!
Top 50 Green Colleges: Pitzer is one of the 399 most environmentally responsible colleges according to The Princeton Review. The education services company known for its test prep and tutoring services, books, and college rankings features Pitzer in the 2018 edition of its free book,The Princeton Review Guide to 399 Green Colleges. Pitzer also made the “Top 50 Green Colleges” ranking list in the guide, coming in #7 on the list! The Princeton Review used data from its institutional survey and its surveys of students at the 399 colleges in the book to tally the ranking list. See the full rankings here.
Food Waste Initiatives Update: During the ’17-’18 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 78,000 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!
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.
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.
Environmental Jobs Board: The Office of Sustainability maintains 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 the 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!
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!
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