Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Milan Stijepovic
Submission Date Nov. 19, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Pitzer College
OP-11: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Warren Biggins
Sustainability Manager
Robert Redford Conservancy
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Does the institution own or manage land that includes or is adjacent to legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance?:
Yes

A brief description of any legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance on institution owned or managed land:

Two areas on the Pitzer campus have been identified for preservation: the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability and the Outback Preserve.


Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify endangered and vulnerable species with habitats on institution-owned or –managed land?:
Yes

Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify environmentally sensitive areas on institution-owned or –managed land?:
Yes

The methodology(-ies) used to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or environmentally sensitive areas and any ongoing assessment and monitoring mechanisms:

Through evaluations completed by faculty and students, as well as professional botanists/arborists.


A brief description of identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:

Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability
Pitzer College Outback Preserve

Native perennial flora of the Pitzer Outback includes but is not limited to: white sage (Salvia apiana), redberry (Rhamnus crocea), flat-top buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum), yucca (Hespero yucca whipplei), California croton (Croton californicus), tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus), yerba santa (Eriodictyon spp.), mule fat (Baccharis salicifolia), wild cucumber (Marah ssp.), laurel sumac
(Malosoma), black sage (Salvia melifera), California sagebrush (Artemesia californica), lemonadeberry (Rhus integrifolia), golden yarrow (Eriophyllum confertifolium), prickly-pear (Opuntia litoralis)and cholla (Opuntia serpentiana), scrub oak (Quercus berberidifolia), coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia), poison oak (Toxicodendron diversliobum), hollyleafed cherry (Prunus ilicifolia) and mountainmahogany
(Cercocarpus betuloides), scale broom (Lepidospartum squamatum), whiteflower currant
(Ribes indecorum), mesa horkelia or wedgeleaf horkelia (Horkelia cuneata ssp. Puberula).


A brief description of plans or programs in place to protect or positively affect identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:

There is an agreement at the institutional level to preserve both the Redford Conservancy property as well as the Outback Preserve.

The Pitzer College Outback is a 3.4-acre parcel. It is our intent to preserve and restore the remaining native alluvial scrub once prevalent on the footprint of our campus. Though heavily impacted and disturbed, in this area it represents a unique
combination of recovering coastal sage scrub and chaparral plant communities.

The Robert J. Bernard Biological Field Station (BFS) is an academic resource of the Claremont University Consortium (CUC), which includes Pitzer, and spans 86 acres of CUC property. BFS contains Riversidian alluvial fan scrub, live oak forest, and grassland habitat as well as an artificial lake with surrounding riparian woodland and several created vernal pools. It is home to bobcats, coyotes, great blue herons, 28 mammal species, more than 170 bird species, 17 reptile and amphibian species, and hundreds of invertebrates and plant species.


The website URL where information about the institution’s biodiversity policies and programs(s) is available:
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