Hixon Center welcomes Senator Kevin de León to campus

As part of its Black, Gold and Green Speaker Series, the Hixon Center welcomed Senator Kevin de León to the Harvey Mudd College campus this past Thursday. Senator de León presented his talk, “California’s Climate Leadership,” to an audience of students, faculty and staff from the Claremont Colleges, as well as community members, in the R. Michael Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning.

Kanami Otani, Kevin de León, and Louis Spanias pose for a picture.

From left to right: Kanami Otani (Energize Colleges Coordinator), Senator Kevin de León, and Louis Spanias (Sustainability Program Manager)

Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) serves as President pro Tempore of the California State Senate. He is the first Latino elected to the position in over 130 years. The senator served four years in the Assembly before being elected to the Senate in 2010.

Senator de León spoke to the imminent threats to a number of policy areas, particularly environmental and climate policy, presented by the Trump administration. He elaborated on a number of areas where California leads the nation in environmental progress, and spoke to the value of a strong and invigorated clean energy economy that has emerged since the economic recession in the late 2000s. He addressed a number of questions from the audience, which included concerns about the uncertain future of the U.S. EPA and other prominent Obama-era regulations.

Senator de León’s presentation is now available to view and on the Hixon Center’s YouTube Channel.

For the final Black, Gold and Green Speaker Series event, the Hixon Center has invited Dr. Simona Bordoni, from Caltech, to discuss the impacts of climate change on extreme weather events, as well as to share her research on monsoons and similar meteorological events. The talk is currently slated to take place on Tuesday, April 11 from noon–1 p.m. in the Shanahan Center, SkyCube (3460). A talk title and description will soon be available.