• Solar installation on roof of West Hall
  • Green Bike Program
  • Pitzer Multi-Species Commons
  • LEED Platinum West Hall
  • Students at the Grove House
  • Greenware available for checkout
  • West Hall's living wall
  • Pitzer Outback
  • Pitzer garden
  • Drought-tolerant landscaping around P.A.S. Halls
  • Pitzer Multi-Species Commons
  • Inside the Green Bike Program
  • LEED Platinum East Hall
  • SoCal sustainability officers meeting

Sustainability at Pitzer


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

5C PowerDown: PowerDown 2018 has officially begun! The energy reduction competition runs for two weeks and concludes on February 27th. Last year, Pitzer claimed the Green Cup as the PowerDown Champs with a reduction of 7.7%; let’s repeat this year!  And between our residence halls, Mead was the big winner with a 15% reduction!  As a reminder, the winning school will receive $500 to support sustainability initiatives! For more info, visit our Facebook page.

Happening–A Clean Energy Revolution: Film screening followed by discussion with Director James Redford: Friday, March 2nd, 6 – 9 PM, Benson Auditorium.  More info here.

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 two 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 ChronicleDonald 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 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 sustainability@pitzer.edu.

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.

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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Contact: sustainability@pitzer.edu

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