A new environmental studies center named after Robert Redford has opened at Pitzer College in Los Angeles.
A California college is teaming up with Robert Redford to create a program where students can combine environmental studies with media and liberal arts. The Los Angeles Times reports Tuesday that Pitzer College, one of the seven Claremont Colleges, is creating the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability with a $10 million gift from Nicholas and Susan Pritzker, parents of a Pitzer graduate who support environmental causes. Redford is a trustee of the college and serves as its special adviser on the environment.
The Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability at Pitzer College will educate the next generation of environmental change-makers.
According to the press release, “the Pritzkers are dedicated to promoting human rights, environmental sustainability, social justice and drug policy reform. They support numerous philanthropic organizations including the Clean Energy Trust and Conservation International.” Its fact sheet adds that Pitzer College is the national leader in Fulbright Fellowships awarded each year. Redford spoke at the grand opening:
Actor and director Robert Redford is almost as well known these days for his environmental activism. He has campaigned against the controversial “fracking” process used to extract natural gas and for a shift away from America’s dependence on fossil fuels to more renewable forms of energy.
At the opening of a new environmental studies centre named after him at Pitzer College near Los Angeles, he spoke to the BBC’s Rajesh Mirchandani about the politics of climate change…