Highlights & News

February 14, 2017 - As an iconic centerpiece of the Malibu campus, Pepperdine has returned the Joslyn Plaza fountain to service with the addition of new water conservation features. Pepperdine recognizes the ongoing severity of the historic drought in Southern California and remains committed to water conservation and the responsible use of its water features.

September 1, 2016 - "Pepperdine Switches from Single Stream Recycling" Pepperdine made this switch after the university began using Waste Management as its waste hauler on Aug. 15.

January 23, 2014 -  Pepperdine University is recognized by The Malibu Times for its commitment to bring a "green" residence hall to campus Fall 2015. Read more here.

January 15, 2014 - The Center for Sustainability received the largest grant from the 2014 Waves of Innovation committee of $150,000 to carry out The Eden Project, the implementation of a green dorm. Click here if you would like to watch the presentation. It is at 59 minutes in.

June 6, 2012 - The Center for Sustainability Director, Rhiannon Bailard, gave a quick history and update on current practices at the June 6, 2012 President's Briefing. Watch the video here.

April 30, 2012 - Pepperdine was featured in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education member spotlight. They highlighted the success of the newly installed pool cover at the Raleigh Runnels Memorial pool.

March 5, 2012 - Pepperdine installed a new pool cover for the Raleigh Runnels Memorial pool. The pool cover will annually save approximately 65,000 therms of natural gas heating, 180,000 kWh of electricity, and $60,000 in heating cost. The new cover will be used during the cooler seasons of the year when heating needs are the greatest. Athletics, Facilities Management and Planning, and the Center for Sustainability partnered together to make this project a reality. 

September 27, 2011 - "GreenTeam's Garden Breaks New Ground," highlights the new organic garden, which is available to all students, faculty, and staff to grow their own organic produce.

June 2, 2010 - "Sustainable Business: Not Just for Patagonia Anymore," discusses Pepperdine's Social, Ethical, Environmental Responsibility (SEER) Certificate program. Former Chief Executive Officer of Patagonia, Michael Crooke Ph.D., will join the faculty as a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Business Practice at the Graziadio School of Business and Management, teaching a capstone class on responsible business practice.

June 1, 2010 - "Pepperdine MBA Program Introduces Certificate in Socially, Environmentally and Ethically Responsible Business Practice" highlights the new program at the Graziadio School of Business and Management.

September 21, 2009 - A group of 12 Pepperdine students joined some 14,038 community members to take part in the 25th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. A total of 69 sites throughout Los Angeles county removed a record-setting 300,413 pounds of debris and recyclables.

September 17, 2009 - "Green Team Goes Conservative in the Cafe," an article in the Graphic, highlights a student initiative to reduce food waste, water waste, and energy consumption. Research has shown that by removing trays from cafeterias students produce less waste. The Seaver Green Team is testing out this initiative to see if Pepperdine can move to reduce the waste produced in the cafeteria.

August 2009 - The Christian Chronicle highlighted college sustainability programs in the article "Christian colleges 'go green' with buildings, programs." The article discusses Pepperdine's launch of the Center for Sustainability, as well as the creation of the Seaver Green Team.

August 14, 2009 - Rhiannon Bailard, Director of the Center for Sustainability, was interviewed by Charter Communications' CNN Headline News Local Edition to discuss Pepperdine's sustainability initiatives.