Hixon Center announces Spring Workshop Series on Environmental Ethics, Justice and Leadership

The Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design has joined forces with Sumi Pendakur from the Office of Institutional Diversity and Annenberg Leadership Professor Werner Zorman to offer a three-part workshop series titled, “What Would You Do?” The series will focus on environmental ethics, justice and leadership for the spring semester.

Building on the highly successful seminar on the Flint Water Crisis delivered by Pendakur and Professor Lelia Hawkins (Chemistry), the new series will give participants to engage with real-life cases that have deep ethical and social justice implications, while simultaneously putting themselves at the heart of the decision-making process. The goal of these workshops is to critically examine and untangle the complex roles, motivations and responsibilities of involved stakeholders and to nurture the skills necessary to achieve more equitable and comprehensive resolutions.

The Hixon Center and the Office of Institutional Diversity have selected three local environmental cases from Southern California, and have scheduled the following workshop dates:

  • February 8, 2017: “Fracking Los Angeles: The LA Archdiocese Case” – led by Professor Tanja Srebotnjak
  • March 21, 2017: “Saving Trestles: The Fight for San Onofre State Beach” – led by Damon Nagami, Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • April 25, 2017: “The Rearview Mirror: Lessons from the 1990s on Environmental Justice” – led by Thomas McHenry, Partner, Gibson and Dunn, LLP

The series’ format aims to maximize critical reflection and discussion, with each workshop beginning with a brief presentation of the facts from the lead presenter. This will be followed by a segment led by Pendakur to identify the social and environmental justice issues. Each workshop will then close with a discussion of applicable leadership and ethics skills facilitated by Professor Zorman.

Each workshop will be held from 12-1 PM in the Aviation Room in the Hoch-Shanahan Dining Commons. For more information, contact the Hixon Center at hixoncenter@hmc.edu, or Sumi Pendakur at spendakur@hmc.edu.