Hixon Center Blog

Remember the Cold Winters?

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Hixon Center Director I sometimes think back to the winters of my childhood, when, almost every year, the local lake would freeze over enough to skate on it. We also had snow on multiple occasions. It did not always last for long, but my hometown’s residents speculated mostly whether we would have […]

What Apollo 11 and the Climate Crisis have in Common — and What They Don’t

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Hixon Center Director Fifty years ago this month American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first humans to set foot on the moon—the magnificent and beautiful culmination of years of work by countless men and women, who made groundbreaking advances in science and engineering and, through their dedication and willpower, […]

Sustainability Focus Groups

Picture of a group of people sitting in a circle and talking

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Hixon Center Director During the spring the Hixon Center, with the help of CGU doctoral student Sara Hollar, conducted a series of focus groups on sustainability at Harvey Mudd College. The goal for the undertaking was to evaluate the work of the Hixon Center over the past 4+ years against people’s perceptions […]

A List of Lists for Summer 2019

A list of things to do with lists such as organizing them, making new ones, consolidating them and blogging about them.

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Hixon Center Director Summer seems so long, it can be daunting to think of all the things we might want to do. What better than making a list of things to do, play, eat, not to do, … The list goes on and on. So here is a list of lists—not to […]

Why Sustainability Ratings are Useful

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Hixon Center Director Good news: Harvey Mudd College has just received a STARS Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). This follows last year’s first-ever Bronze rating and reflects continued efforts to embed sustainability across all organizational units and processes and was bolstered by the […]

ESW National Conference

Attendees on grass at conference venue

Meena Venkatraman (Engr’20) recently returned from the ESW National Conference. Here is a recap of her impressions. I was delighted to attend the ESW national conference in El Paso, TX. It was my first time in Texas and the dryness of the surrounding landscape in El Paso was reminiscent of our own landscape surrounding Claremont. […]

The “Green New Deal” – Part 3: Will It Pass?

Green New Deal Supporters Rallying

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager The past two segments of this blog series have covered a lot of ground on the “Green New Deal” Resolution. In the first segment, I explained what exactly the “Green New Deal” was: a blueprint by which Congress could legislate on the issues of climate change and economic injustice. […]

The “Green New Deal” – Part 2: Can Its Goals Be Achieved?

Green New Deal Protesters

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager In the previous segment of the “Green New Deal” series, I provided an explanation of the Resolution co-introduced by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA). As I outlined in Part 1, the “Green New Deal” offers a strategic blueprint for Congress to act on the issues […]

The “Green New Deal” – Part 1: What Exactly Is It?

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announces Green New Deal resolution

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager This past February, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced the “Green New Deal,” a proposed package of programs and goals that aims to directly address climate change as well as economic inequality. It is named after and inspired by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal” of […]

Faculty and Students (Re)imagine “Impact on Society” in the Core

Photo of a workshop at The Hive at the Claremont Colleges

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Hixon Center director The heart of the Harvey Mudd curriculum is the so-called Common Core Curriculum, aka “the Core”. Filling much of the students’ first three semesters, the Core provides them with broad foundational knowledge in the STEM disciplines, an introduction to the humanities, social sciences and the arts, and important cross-disciplinary […]