Hixon Center Blog

How to Have Yourself a Sustainable Thanksgiving

November 20, 2017

Fall leaves

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager Thanksgiving is the time of year when we all remind ourselves and each other what we are most grateful for. It’s a time to celebrate with our families and our friends, as well as to eat some great food! However, as with any special occasion, there are always opportunities […]

Overcoming Fatigue and Helplessness to Achieve Sustainability Goals

November 14, 2017

Protestors at Climate Rally

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager This semester, the Hixon Center launched its “Eco-Engage” Sustainability Dialogue Series. Since the series began in September, students, faculty, and staff from across the Claremont Colleges have come together for film screenings, panel discussions, and workshops – cutting across environmental issues on all scales, from the global context of […]

About Our Field Trip to the Azusa Waste Transfer Station

November 14, 2017

Waste Management Transfer Station in Azusa, CA

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center On October 30, students from my E38 course, “Introduction to Life Cycle Assessment,” and ESW/MOSS joined us at the Hixon Center for a tour of Waste Management’s Waste Transfer Station in Azusa, about 15 miles west of Claremont. Serving about 100 cities in Southern California, the facility […]

The EPA Scrapped the Clean Power Plan. Now What?

October 30, 2017

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager Earlier this month, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that he will move to withdraw and scrap the Clean Power Plan, the staple piece of the Obama administration’s climate action efforts. The proposed repeal follows an Executive Order issued months earlier by President Donald Trump, asking the EPA […]

How to Have Yourself a Sustainable Halloween!

October 30, 2017


By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager For many of us, Halloween is our favorite holiday of the year. The haunted houses, the costumes, the candy – Halloween can be a welcome diversion from our daily and more serious occupations. After all, who doesn’t love dressing up, and who doesn’t love candy? We at the Hixon […]

Stronger in Solidarity: Takeaways from AASHE 2017

October 19, 2017

AASHE conference entrance

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager Each year, many of the world’s institutions of higher education gather together to address the growing and ongoing need for environmental and climate action. This year, the annual conference of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, or AASHE, was held in San Antonio, Texas and […]

Black Carbon, Brown Carbon… What About Blue Carbon?

October 19, 2017


By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center While working on a small consulting project, I recently came across the term “blue carbon.” I’m familiar with black carbon (i.e., the soot emitted during incomplete combustion of fossil fuels in coal-fired power plants, cars and other equipment), and brown carbon (which originates primarily during the combustion […]

The Monetary Valuation of Germany’s Environmental Burden of Disease

October 3, 2017

Photo of traffic

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center How much is environmental pollution and degradation making us sick? In many countries, environmental pollution and degradation takes a measurable toll on population health and hence society and economic productivity. A new project that includes contributions by the Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design seeks to assist […]

Top-down versus Bottom-up Climate Change Action: Is the Paris Agreement Worth Keeping?

October 3, 2017

Tanja presenting on the Paris Agreement

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center On September 19th, 2017, I delivered a presentation to the Pomona Valley Chapter of the United Nations Association. Speaking to nearly 100 attendees, including students from the Claremont Colleges, I examined nearly three decades of sluggish international climate change negotiations that contrast sharply with increasingly robust and […]

What Does Climate Change Have to Do with These Hurricanes?

September 18, 2017

Hurricanes Katia, Irma, and Jose

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager The image above should startle you. Three active hurricanes – Katia, Irma, and Jose (from left to right) – were poised to make landfall on the same day (Saturday, September 9th) a couple of weekends ago. Only a couple of weeks before, Hurricane Harvey devastated the southern coastline of […]