Hixon Center Blog

A List of Lists for Summer 2019

May 14, 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

May 3, 2019

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

April 23, 2019

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?

April 17, 2019

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?

April 9, 2019

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?

March 26, 2019

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

March 26, 2019

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 […]

There’s a New Electron in Town

February 25, 2019

Clean Power Alliance design graphic

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Hixon Center director Have you heard of the Clean Power Alliance? You might have heard about it or received notifications in the mail: starting this month, approximately 3 million customers in 31 cities and communities in southern California are receiving electricity from the Clean Power Alliance (CPA), a new government entity founded […]