Hixon Center Blog

The Meeting of the Minds

December 3, 2018

People gathering at a conference

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Hixon Center director Last week I attended the Meeting of the Minds annual summit in Sacramento, CA. I joined more than 400 leaders from clean technology companies, municipal governments and agencies, non-profit organizations, and other sectors, who are all driven by one mission: speeding up the transition to sustainable systems and doing […]

Where Does Our Trash Go? Takeaways from a Material Recovery Facility Tour

November 20, 2018

Waste Management Transfer Station in Azusa, CA

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager On Friday, November 9th, I had the opportunity to revisit the Waste Management Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Azusa, CA. As part of the Hixon Center’s “Eco-Engage” Sustainability Dialogue Series held each Fall, I was joined by students, faculty, and staff from across the Claremont Colleges for a tour […]

2030 or Bust? About the New IPCC Report

October 29, 2018

Report Cover for "Global Warming of 1.5C"

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager Earlier this month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a Special Report (SR15), “Global Warming of 1.5°C,” which quickly grabbed headlines and found its way into our newsfeeds and newspapers.  These headlines and accompanying op-eds painted a pretty dire picture. Just to reel off a few: “We […]

A Tough Road Ahead: Takeaways from Two Conferences

October 16, 2018

Pittsburgh, PA

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager Over the past several months, the Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design planned and organized its 2nd Biennial Conference for Sustainable Design and Solutions. After months of preparation, we were happy to host the conference at Harvey Mudd College on Friday, October 5th, 2018 – and we are even […]

Reflections on a Sabbatical

September 25, 2018

Stanford University Campus

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center This past spring I took a semester-long sabbatical. One of the perks of an academic career, sabbaticals enable faculty to focus on their research, develop new projects or courses, and enrich their scholarship and pedagogy with stays at other universities and research institutions. Mine took me to […]

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 […]