The Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability

Acknowledgement of Land and People

Pitzer College’s Redford Conservancy is located on the traditional lands of the Tongva/San Gabrieleño. Pitzer and the Redford Conservancy recognize and honor the past, present, and future of Indigenous people and the precious lands we share with them.

About Us

Mission: The Redford Conservancy builds capacity for environmental justice and climate resilience through partnerships and collaboration between students, faculty, and community.

Vision: We envision Southern California as a place for forward-thinking conservation, sustainable lifeways, green innovation, and healthy, just, and equitable communities.

Pitzer College Core Values: We amplify the core values of Pitzer College, including environmental sustainability, interdisciplinarity, social responsibility, intercultural understanding, and student engagement.

what we do

Regenerative Land Use | Environmental Justice | Climate Resilience | Research and Education

Graphic of the Month!

Created by students in Community-Based Planning EA 108, this graphic updates Shelly Arnstein’s model of community participation for a contemporary audience. Have you been gaslit or ghosted lately? Read below to find out!

Spotlight Program

Our ecodocumentaries program has become a cornerstone of the Redford Conservancy’s contribution to community partners through a robust collaboration with Intercollegiate Media Studies. Check out our twelve documentaries, with six more to come Spring semester.

Mapping Warehouse Growth

Research and advocacy on the impact of logistics in Inland Southern California.

The Barbara Drake Memorial Library

A resource for Tongva and Indigenous cultures in California and the United States based on the collection of beloved elder Barbara Drake.


Environmental Education

Creating a new generation of environmental stewards through place-based, elementary school education.

Indigenous Partnerships

The Robert Redford Conservancy collaborates with Indigenous Peoples on whose ancestral land the Claremont Colleges stand.

Adelanto Water Justice Project

A coalition working with the City of Adelanto to achieve water justice and clean water.

Climate Adaptation Planning

Embedding faculty, students and partners in work around climate preparedness throughout Southern California.

outdoor classroom

Course Development

Funding environmental course development across the curriculum.

Exterior of the front of Redford Conservancy building

Design Accolades

Tour our LEED certified, net-zero building with grounds focused on ethnobotany and native plans.

To support the work of the Redford Conservancy, click on the link below and then select Robert Redford Conservancy.