A Southern California liberal arts college announced Monday that it has created the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability, emulating the actor's penchant for combining art, media and environmental science to educate students about policymaking.
Pitzer College, one of the first to launch an environmental studies program, teamed up with the actor and devoted preservationist known for his consistent and effective advocacy.
The program will combine the school's core values of conservation and sustainability and blend it with its liberal arts and media curriculum. Redford is a trustee and special advisor to the college on environmental matters.
"Part of this is to create a body of knowledge that our students will carry out of the institution," said Lance Neckar, director of the conservancy. "And science is great but only effective if you can actually communicate well about it."