Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.64
Liaison Patrice Langevin
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Pitzer College
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Milan Stijepovic
Asst Director of Sustainability
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Does the institution have an active student group focused on sustainability?:

Name and a brief description of the active student groups focused on sustainability:

Pitzer Green Initiative Fund
Redford Conservancy Fellows
ReRoom Initiative
Pitzer Fridge
Outback Club
Green Bike Program

+ Date Revised: Feb. 27, 2023

Does the institution have a garden, farm, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery program, or an urban agriculture project where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:

Pitzer students have the opportunity to gain experience in organic agriculture on-campus, as part of the Garden & Composting club, and off-campus, via volunteering with our community partner, Huerta del Valle.

Does the institution have a student-run enterprise that includes sustainability as part of its mission statement or stated purpose?:

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

The Pitzer Green Initiative Fund seeks to engage students in social responsibility and environmental sustainability by encouraging innovative and creative solutions to environmental problems. The PGIF Grant Committee, comprised of student voting members and faculty/staff advisers, provides one-time grants to students for sustainability initiatives on campus.

Pitzer's ReRoom Initiative is a student-lead initiative that aims to promote a culture of sustainability on campus through the collection and reuse of used items donated by Pitzer College residents at the end of each semester. All proceeds from ReRoom sales go toward supporting student sustainability initiatives.

Does the institution have a sustainable investment fund, green revolving fund, or sustainable microfinance initiative through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:

Has the institution hosted a conference, speaker series, symposium, or similar event focused on sustainability during the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia, or similar events focused on sustainability:

Redford Conservancy Past Events
April 2, 7pm, Pitzer, Benson Auditorium
Guest Speaker: Irma R. Muñoz, Founder/President of Mujeres de la Tierra
April 3, 12pm, Pitzer, Shakedown Cafe
Shakedown Student Forum: Getting to Know the Redford Conservancy
April 11, 5pm, Pomona, Edmunds Ballroom
Luau 2015: “Me Ke Aloha No Ka Mokupuni Honua” – “With Love for our Island Earth.”
April 18, 9am-4pm, Meet in front of Pitzer Admissions (Must have a confirmed spot)
LA Toxic Tour with Communities for a Better Environment
March 26, 7pm, Pitzer, West Hall Demo Kitchen
Sustainable Cleaning Products Party
March 30, 9-11am, Pitzer, Broad Hall 210
Faculty forum to discuss current and future uses of Bernard Field Station
March 31, 12:00-1pm, Pomona, Edmunds 114
Guest Speaker: Shimul Javeri Kadri on “The Evolving Courtyard”
March 23, 6:30pm, Pitzer, Benson Auditorium
Guest Speaker: Nancy Sutley, Former Chair, Council on Environmental Quality

EcoCenter Past Events
February 19 - March 9: PowerDown energy reduction competition
April 2: Guest speaker, Irma Munoz of Mujeres de la Tierra
April 18: Beach cleanup with Heal the Bay at Santa Monica Beach
April 22: Film screening, Planet Earth
April 23: Guest speaker, Jennifer Stephens of The Wilderness Society

Has the institution hosted a cultural arts event, installation, or performance focused on sustainability with the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations, or performances focused on sustainability:

Pitzer’s Art+Environment program explores the intersection of the arts and the environment and is funded by a four-year, $600,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Pitzer Multi-Species Commons develops a new way to sense, understand and interact with our urban ecosystems as a multi-species commons — and it creatively rethinks the capacities of landscape design, commons practices, subsistence practices, urbanism, public art, and the ecology of public space. We developed this landscape program over a two year period under the auspices of the Art + Environment Visiting Artist initiative: http://www.spurse.org/what-weve-done/pitzer-multi-species-commons/

Does the institution have a wilderness or outdoors program that follow Leave No Trace principles?:

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:

Pitzer offers Orientation Adventure programs to all incoming students and these programs all follow Leave No Trace principles. Additionally, the Pitzer Outdoor Adventure club organizes recreational outings that also follow these principles.

Has the institution had a sustainability-focused theme chosen for a themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

Orientation Adventure (OA) is the off-campus component of Pitzer’s new student orientation program. Student participants spend four days on excursions with 10-15 of their peers in, above, and around the Los Angeles Basin and the greater Southern California area. Sustainability focused OAs include: Sustainability in Action and Social Justice in Action

Sustainability in Action
Through hands-on experiences, students will be introduced to the complexities of sustainability issues in Los Angeles and surrounding areas. Participants will visit local urban farms, markets, and other community projects, explore Ojai via a farm to fork restaurant, experience a beekeeping workshop, and learn to make kombucha. Folks who have spent years working on sustainability issues and folks to whom this is a new issue will all feel welcome on this trip. Participants will cook and taste a variety of locally grown and harvested foods, including goat cheeses and produce from sustainable farms in the LA area. Two nights will be spent sleeping in community spaces near Pitzer and one night will be spent camping outside under the stars.

Social Justice in Action
This trip will introduce participants to critical social and cultural issues in the Los Angeles Basin and Inland Empire. But, it won’t stop there. Through collaborating with Pitzer’s Community Engagement Center and their community partners, participants will tap into relationships that Pitzer has taken years foster and begin to define for themselves what local social justice issues they feel most connected to. Not to mention, this is a jump start on Pitzer’s social responsibility graduation requirement. Splitting time between Pitzer, Claremont and Los Angeles, participants will gain well rounded perspective of their new home.

Does the institution have a program through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

Our residence halls are both LEED certified one Platinum the other Gold, the moment students enter their dorm they are exposed to personal compost bins, clothes drying racks, rooftop gardens, bioswales and so forth, there is signage that explains the importance of these areas, but also the Pitzer experience is steeped in Environmental stewardship and therefor all our residence halls demonstrate sustainable living principles. https://www.pitzer.edu/communications/2013/09/30/pitzer-colleges-new-leed-certified-residence-halls-win-design-award/

Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:

The Office of Sustainability and the Redford Conservancy currently employ one student worker each. Also, the ReRoom Initiative pays student staff members to collect, organize, and ultimately resell donated items at the end of every semester. For the most recent ReRoom sales (8/15), five students worked as paid staff.

Does the institution have a graduation pledge through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:

A brief description of the graduation pledge(s):

A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that do not fall into one of the above categories:

-PowerDown: part of Campus Conservation Nationals, PowerDown is the name of the Claremont Colleges' energy reduction competition.

-ReSource: an initiative that provides compost bins and laundry drying racks to students for the year at no cost.

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