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Updates for Caltech neighbors

Here you can find announcements and news for neighbors, ways to learn more and connect, and links to construction information and events you are welcome to attend.

May 2023

The Resnick Sustainability Center (architectural rendering above courtesy Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign) is taking shape on the west side of campus. As the building rises, we deepen our focus on sustainability, a research priority at Caltech since the 1940s.

Three days into the year, we celebrated the launch of the Transporter-6 mission, which carried a prototype developed on campus called the Space Solar Power Demonstrator (SSPD). The prototype is testing components of a transformative plan to collect sunlight in space, transform the light into electricity, and then wirelessly transmit that electricity to Earth, providing solar power 24/7 and in any weather.

The SSPD builds on a tradition of extraordinary advances in sustainability: More than 50 years ago, Caltech scholars and alumni built the first device to precisely measure carbon dioxide levels in air, traced smog and lead pollution to vehicle emissions, converted a 1958 Volkswagen bus into an electric vehicle, and converted a1972 Buick Skylark into a gas-EV hybrid.

More recently, Caltech chemists have enabled greener medicines, detergents, and materials. Just in the last year, researchers demonstrated how to arrange wind turbines to produce more energy, discovered that coastal ocean currents could be speeding up antarctic ice melt, and hosted a conference that gathered leaders in engineering, science, industry, and government to chart a path toward cutting U.S. global warming gas emissions. On campus, Caltech is taking steps to improve its energy efficiency and replace turf with climate-adapted landscaping.

If sustainability is an interest of yours, please visit Caltech's sustainability site. The launch of the SSPD is the first of several important developments anticipated this year.

Save the date

Neighbors, you are welcome at events on campus that are open to the community. Of special note, the Watson Lectures, which so many of you have enjoyed, turn 100 this year. We hope you enjoy the special centennial series of Watson Lectures.

COVID-19 precautions

Stay in touch

If you would like to ask a question, share a comment, and/or be added to our list for occasional emails (a few per year), please email neighbor@caltech.edu. Neighbors are also welcome to subscribe to The Caltech Weekly, an email newsletter that highlights the most relevant research, news, and events at Caltech as well as the individuals who are advancing the boundaries of discovery. You can unsubscribe anytime.


Search and Rescue Drills May 22, 24, & 26
The Pasadena Fire Department's Urban Search and Rescue Team will conduct drills near Throop Pond from 9 am to 1 pm Monday, 5/22, Wednesday, 5/24, and Friday, 5/26. A mannequin will be placed into a tunnel to simulate a medical emergency rescue within a confined space. Caltech Facilities staff will observe. Questions can be directed to Caltech Security at (626) 395-4701.

Sustainability center construction
People near the Resnick Sustainability Center construction site may notice the building's characteristic mass-timber framing taking shape. Traffic on Wilson Avenue between Del Mar Boulevard and California Boulevard may be slowed or controlled for deliveries. Trucks use City-advised routes on Wilson Avenue, Del Mar Boulevard, and Hill Avenue.

Moore Walk
This spring, work to make Moore Walk continuous across campus will affect campus parking lots between Beckman Auditorium and Del Mar Boulevard. Lot 11 is temporarily closed. It is adjacent to Beckman Auditorium. We anticipate changes in access to nearby buildings including Beckman and Ramo auditoriums, and noise from grading and construction.

Connect With Us

Neighbors, stay up to date on the latest from Caltech via social media. Also, in the event of an emergency, Caltech will post updates on these platforms.