Client: CLASS Fund
Date: April 11, 2011
Contact: Dan Carlsson - 949.559.9382 office; 949.433.4702 cell
CAL POLY POMONA’S CLASS FUND MAKES A $100,000 DONATION TO SUPPORT
THE UNIVERSITY’S NEW CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR LAND & WATER STEWARDSHIP
LOS ANGELES -- In a major step to fund the newly created California Center for Land and Water Stewardship (CCLAWS) at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CLASS Fund presented a $100,000 “check” to the Center to cover operating and academic expenses for the coming year. CLASS Fund is an acronym for California Landscape Architectural Student Scholarship Fund, which has been providing scholarships and other support to state university landscape architecture students and academic programs since 1982.
The presentation was made at the annual meeting of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture in Los Angeles. The Council is composed of virtually all the programs of higher learning in landscape architecture in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Established in 2010, the California Center for Land and Water Stewardship is housed in Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Environmental Design, and was formed to create an opportunity for the university and its faculty, along with government and non-government agencies, and individuals to work collaboratively on applied research in land conservation and stewardship. The Center’s areas of interest include land and water restoration, watershed management and comprehensive planning, environmental design and planning, as well as a broad range of other disciplinary and interdisciplinary research opportunities.
“When the CLASS Fund was formed in 1982, it started small and grew as the influence and importance of environmental protection and sustainability grew in California and nationwide,” said Cardoza, a landscape architecture graduate of Cal Poly Pomona and a long-time supporter of the university and its landscape architecture program. “It’s gratifying to see the fund reach a point where we can make a significant investment in such a worthwhile enterprise.”
The California Center for Land and Water Stewardship was approved last year by Cal Poly President Michael Ortiz based on a proposal by Professors Julianna Delgado, MArch, Ph.D., AICP, an associate professor in the university’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning Planning and president of the Southern California Planning Congress, and Susan J. Mulley, MA, MLA, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture. Under their leadership, the Center will work with Cal Poly Pomona faculty and staff to create opportunities for collaborative work and to establish databases that can be accessed by outside organizations to support knowledge transfer and reduce duplication of efforts. It will also collaborate on a project-by-project basis with other faculty, departments, and colleges within Cal Poly Pomona.
“Our university, the environmental design professions, and our communities will ultimately reap the rewards of this generous contribution,” said Professor Delgado. “It is gratifying to know there are organizations such as CLASS Fund that are dedicated to building partnerships to ensure students will have the best possible and most engaging educational experience.”
The Center’s activities include:
“The California Center for Land and Water Stewardship has the potential to evolve into a national and even international movement that will advance environmental science and promote conservation of our natural resources,” said Pamela Galera, LEED AP, the 1990 recipient of a CLASS Fund Scholarship who is president of the Southern California Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a principal project planner with the City of Anaheim, CA. “This contribution is a major step towards that goal in that it will help foster meaningful collaboration between the public and private sectors in the pursuit of environmental protection and true sustainability.”