Environmental Sustainability

The history of Environmental Sustainability, a Pitzer core value.

Environmental Sustainability: Sensitivity for and preservation of the environment is a key value of Pitzer College. Campus landscaping utilizes drought-resistant, native plants and the College is proud of its many LEED-certified sustainable buildings. Students shape their daily activities, programming and studies to ensure they leave the environment and the world stronger than how they found it. Students interested in environmental issues will find Pitzer an exciting living and learning laboratory.

1964-09-01 23:56:51

Pitzer College Opens

The first students arrive and instruction begins for a student body of 150 women, 11 founding faculty and a small number of staff.

1965-01-01 23:56:51

Emilio Stanley Introduces Course

"Man and His Environment: Major Global Problems in Contemporary Society" is introduced by Professor of Geography Emilio Stanley.

1965-01-01 23:56:51

Professor of Political Studies John Rodman Is Hired

Rodman begins teaching environmental studies at Pitzer in 1970. He retires from teaching environmental studies and political studies in 2000.

1966-01-01 23:56:51

Professor of Art Carl Hertel Is Hired

Hertel is hired as Pitzer's first professor of art and environmental design. He teaches until 1996.

1967-09-01 23:56:51

New Courses Introduced

New courses with an emphasis on environmental studies are introduced in the 1967-68 academic year.

1968-02-13 09:25:24

Lecture Series: “Air Pollution: Private Owner & Public Policy”

Leading experts in their fields speak about the topic of air pollution.

1968-02-24 09:25:24

John Rodman Testifies at Air Pollution Hearings

Professor John Rodman testifies at state and federal hearings on air pollution.

1969-09-01 08:13:50

New Courses Introduced

New Environmental Studies courses are introduced in 1969-70.

1970-09-01 09:25:24

Environmental Studies Major Added

Environmental Studies is added to the curriculum as a field of concentration.

1970-09-01 09:25:24

New Courses Introduced

New courses are introduced to support the new Environmental Studies curriculum in 1970-71.

1970-09-09 09:25:24

First Off-Campus Art Project

Fourteen students from The Claremont Colleges, eleven of whom are Pitzer students, participate in a nine-week art project in Tuscarora, Nevada.

1971-09-01 09:25:24

New Course Introduced

PS190 The Politics, Economics and Environmental Aspects of Water Resources in California, is introduced by Professor James Jamieson in 1971-72.

1972-09-01 09:25:24

Student Co-op Started

A student co-op is started in Sanborn Hall to purchase food and cook meals in the communal kitchen.

1972-09-01 09:25:24

Environmental Studies Program in Santa Fe Introduced

This External Studies program is introduced by Professor John Rodman.

1972-09-01 09:25:24

New Courses Introduced

New environmental studies courses are introduced in 1972-73.

1973-01-01 09:25:24

Professor Paul Shepard Is Hired

Professor of Natural Philosophy and Human Ecology Paul Shepard is hired in the Spring of 1973 as Avery Professor in the field of environmental studies.

1973-05-01 09:25:24

Paul Shepard's Book Published

Paul Shepard’s landmark book “The Tender Carnivore and the Sacred Game” is published.

1973-06-01 10:55:22

Geodesic Dome Built

A geodesic dome is built by students near the Brant Clock Tower.

1973-09-01 09:25:24

New Courses Introduced

New environmental studies courses are introduced in 1973-74.

1974-04-18 10:55:22

Conference: The Rights of Non-human Nature

The conference is coordinated by John R. Rodman and sponsored by Pitzer College, the School of Theology and the National Audubon Society.

1974-09-01 10:55:22

New Courses Introduced

New courses are introduced to support the Environmental Studies curriculum.

1975-06-16 09:25:24

Summer Workshop in Environments Held

A four-week intensive workshop in art, alternative energy systems and environments is held at Pitzer’s new Thompson Ranch Wilderness Park in the San Gabriel Mountains.

1975-09-01 09:25:24

New Courses Introduced

New courses are introduced to support the Environmental Studies curriculum.

1975-11-01 09:25:24

Paul Shepard Invited as Guest Lecturer

He delivers two ectures: “Ecology and Environmental Design” and “The Importance of Place!” by Paul Shepard at the University of Alberta, Calgary

1976-02-01 09:25:24

The Desert Colloquium

"The Desert Colloquium: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of the Desert as Place," is arranged by Professors Carl Hertel and Paul Shepard for spring 1976.

1976-09-01 10:55:22

New Course Introduced

ES136 Animals and the Imagination is introduced by Professor Paul Shepard .

1976-11-20 10:55:22

John Rodman Speaks at Conference

John Rodman delivers controversial remarks at a plenary session of an oil and gas conference.

1977-07-17 10:55:22

Grove House Comes to Campus

Purchased from Pilgrim Place in Claremont for $1, the arts and crafts bungalow is moved to campus. It is dedicated in 1980.

1977-07-17 10:55:22

John Rodman Delivers Paper

Rodman delivers a paper at the annual meeting of The American Political Science Association in Washington, DC.

1977-09-01 10:55:22

New Seminar & Courses Introduced

Seminar: The Ecological Imagination, is introduced by Professor John Rodman.

1977-09-01 10:55:22

Bernard Field Station Opens

The Robert J. Bernard Biological Field Station of The Claremont Colleges opens for academic use.

1978-09-01 10:55:22

New Seminar and Courses Introduced

Several new courses are introduced to support the Environmental Studies curriculum.

1979-04-01 10:55:22

Solar Colloquium Introduced

Solar Colloquium is coordinated by Professors Carl Hertel and John Rodman.

1979-09-01 10:55:22

New Course Introduced

ES30 Confrontations with Nature: The Western Experience, is introduced by Professor Paul Shepard.

1980-04-17 10:55:22

Lovins Under the Sun

A large outdoor energy event features Amory and Hunter Lovins '75, advocates of efficient and “soft” energy.

1981-03-01 10:55:22

Joint Science Department Awarded Grant for Environmental Sciences Lab

The Joint Science Department is awarded a $45,000 grant by Atlantic Richfield Foundation for an environmental sciences laboratory.

1982-02-18 10:55:22

Professor Paul Shepard Delivers Lecture

The lecture is titled “If You Care About Nature, You Can’t Go on Hating the Germans Like This.”

1982-09-01 14:28:30

Earth, Sky and Water: The Santa Fe Project

This domestic External Studies program is directed by Professor Carl Hertel.

1985-02-01 14:28:30

"The Sacred Paw" is Published

Paul H. Shepard, Avery Professor of Natural Philosophy and Human Ecology, and Barry Sanders, professor of English, collaborate on the book.

1987-03-01 14:28:30

Mushroom Cloud on Campus

In spring 1987, artist Lee Waisler is invited to inflate his five-story-high, 50-foot-wide black mushroom cloud sculpture "Time Bomb" on campus.

1988-02-01 06:44:55

Arboretum Formally Approved

The College approves John Rodman’s proposal to formally create an arboretum.

1989-01-01 06:44:55

Outback Restoration Proposed

John Rodman proposes an authentic ecological restoration in the northern half of the area known as the "Outback."

1990-02-01 06:44:55

Outback Area of Arboretum Listed on National Registry

This area of native California chaparral is listed on the National Register of Arboretums.

1990-06-01 10:55:22

Yurt Provides Alternative Classroom Space

The yurt is paid for in part by funds donated by the class of 1990. The class wants to provide the College with some kind of outdoor classroom.

1991-09-01 10:55:22

Professor of Environmental Science Don McFarlane Is Hired

McFarlane begins teaching at the Joint Science Department (now Keck Science Department).

1991-09-01 10:55:22

Professor Paul Faulstich '79 Is Hired

Paul Faulstich ’79 is hired as Visiting Professor of Environmental Studies. He is hired permanently in 1993.

1992-01-04 06:44:55

Roden Crater Project

Professors of Art Michael Woodcock and Carl Hertel and alumna Suzanne Zetterberg '68 take 13 students to Arizona for two weeks to meet with artist James Turrell and work on the Roden Crater Project.

1993-03-01 06:44:55

New Landscaping Planned

Claremont Environmental Designs, a local landscape consortium, works closely with Professor John Rodman to design new environmentally sound landscaping.

1993-09-01 06:44:55

Professor of Art Kathryn Miller Is Hired

Miller, who teaches sculpture and drawing, combines a wide array of thoughts, ideas and concepts using sculpture, photography, video performance and life processes.

1994-03-01 06:44:55

The Farm Project Expands the Arboretum

The campus community tears up a parking lot behind the Grove House on a Community Gardening Day.

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