Hixon Center Blog

The Augury of our Heat Exhaustion

September 10, 2018

Los Angeles cityscape

A warming world presents us with harsh realities and harsher dilemmas. What do the next fifty years look like? By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager I managed to miss the heatwave that blasted the greater Los Angeles region in July. Triple digit temperatures were ubiquitous in the early days of the month, some breaking historic […]

ESW/MOSS Goes to Atlanta!

May 7, 2018

From left to right: Shivam Malpani ('21), Kayla Yamada ('19), Nam Tran ('21), Dillon Coville ('21), and Duncan Crowley ('18)

By: ESW/MOSS Students As you might know, ESW/MOSS (Engineers for a Sustainable World / Mudders Organizing for Sustainability Solutions) serves as our campus chapter of the larger Engineers for a Sustainable World organization – and each year in April, we send students from our group to attend the national ESW conference. This year, five of […]

Climate Change in Court: The Implications of Impending Climate Litigation

April 3, 2018

Power plant emitting greenhouse gases

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Acting Director of the Hixon Center Climate and environmental issues aren’t making their way into the mainstream news as much anymore, and when they do, the news is discouraging. Amidst everything else, you might have come across the stream of controversial developments coming out of the Pruitt-led Environmental Protection Agency – most […]

Your Individual Choices Do Matter

March 6, 2018

Graphic on personal choices to reduce one's contribution to climate change

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Acting Director of the Hixon Center Over the past two weeks, Harvey Mudd has been participating in the annual PowerDown competition. During this competition, we compare electricity consumption in our residence halls to that of the other Claremont Colleges to see which institution can most substantially reduce its consumption over two weeks […]

Part 3: Sustainable Management of Critical Materials – What is It, and Why Do We Care?

March 6, 2018

Life Cycle Assessment graphic

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center This is the third and final part of a multi-part series on the sustainable management of critical materials. Read Part 1 and Part 2. The previous two segments of this series covered the history and technical details of determining material criticality. This third and final segment identifies some […]

Part 2: Sustainable Management of Critical Materials – What is It, and Why Do We Care?

February 20, 2018

Figure 1: Short-term criticality assessment of several minerals relevant for the energy-sector using the NAS methodology (Source: DOE 2011 Critical Materials Strategy, page 4).

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center This is the second part of a multi-part series on the sustainable management of critical materials. Read Part 1 and Part 3. Previously, I wrote the first segment of this series for the Hixon Center’s blog about the history of critical raw materials (CRM) in the European Union […]

Sustainable Management of Critical Materials: What is It, and Why Do We Care?

February 5, 2018

Workshop attendees in Zurich

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center This is the first part of a multi-part series on the sustainable management of critical materials. Read Part 2 and Part 3. Recently, I participated in a weeklong workshop on the sustainable management of critical raw materials. The workshop, organized by the EU Commission-funded project “SusCritMat,” mainly caught […]