This past weekend Robert Redford and Pitzer College announced the launch of the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability during a press conference at the Los Angeles Press Club.
The Conservatory at Pitzer College will occupy the historic Marston and Maybury-designed former infirmary located on 11.88 acres of the college’s North Campus in Claremont, CA. Beginning in spring 2013, the building will be re-purposed and renovated using innovative design and sustainable construction methods such as solar panels, water-efficient landscaping and green housekeeping.
“I am from Los Angeles but over the years I have seen the city change into something I didn’t recognize. So I moved away for awhile and found a new home. But with the efforts of Pitzer College and its students I am happy to put my name on this project and help bring Los Angeles back to the environment it once was before it is too late,” Redford candidly told reporters at the conference.
It is the goal of the college to not only change its own environmental footprint but make a difference in the lives of those outside of the college as well for future generations. The confluence of art, media, environmental sciences and creativity will be the main focus of the institute. Combining research with hands-on learning and applying a liberal arts perspective, the Robert Redford Conservancy will influence regional, national and global policymaking.
“Robert Redford is a trailblazing environmental advocate,” explained Pitzer President Laura Trombley “His tireless campaigning to protect the planet proves what individuals can do when they bring the full force of their passion and imagination to a cause.”