Mission and Goals

The principal goal of the Roberts Environmental Center (REC) is to involve students in real-world environmental issues and to train them to analyze the issues from as broad a perspective as possible, taking science, economics, and policy into consideration. Based out of Claremont McKenna College, the Center is geared to cultivate environmental leadership within its student body.

Our mission is to identify, publicize, and encourage practices that achieve social and economic goals through sustainable means.

Our work centers on analyzing and fostering corporate and organizational sustainability and ranges in scope from local businesses to multinational corporations and governments. We regularly publish research reports as well as work directly with organizations to improve their sustainability. The Center stresses student initiative and leadership, giving student employees ownership of projects and providing them with the tools to see them through.

The quality of the environment figures importantly in a wide range of public issues and will continue to be a political, economic, and business concern of worldwide significance. Named for CMC graduate George R. Roberts ’66, the Roberts Environmental Center conducts environmental research and analysis, and promotes understanding of the complex issues of environmental protection, economic growth and technological change.

The center works toward the achievement of a balance between essential progress in society and the preservation of precious natural resources. The goal of the Roberts Center is to provide students with a comprehensive and realistic understanding of today’s environmental issues, and the ways in which they are being and can be resolved.

An intentional by-product of this approach is an increase in the skill levels of our graduates in dealing with complex environmental issues. The Roberts Center itself owns a state-of-the-art computer laboratory operating geographical information system (GIS), data modeling, simulation modeling, database management, and statistical analysis software.

The Roberts Center takes an environmental consulting assignments when they serve an academic purpose, using students to the maximum extent possible, but also utilizing professional staff drawn from the faculty of the Claremont Colleges and from Southern California in general. In addition to its facilities in Claremont, the Robert Center directs the Burger Sierra Research Station off Tioga Pass in the eastern Sierra Nevada, overlooking Mono Lake and just a few miles from Yosemite National Park. This 160-acre reserve houses students and faculty engaged in summer internships, thesis projects and field research activities.