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There’s a New Electron in Town

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 […]

Campus Sustainability: An International Perspective

Gathering of attendees for opening remarks at an international campus sustainability conference

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager Last month, I attended the 2nd Symposium on Sustainability in University Campuses (SSUC) conference in Florence, Italy. With 60 attendees from academic institutions around the world (largely from Europe), the conference offered an opportunity to hear from our international counterparts about how they have managed to advance environmental sustainability […]

Learning Design and Designing Learning

People gathering for a design thinking workshop

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Hixon Center director Over winter break, I had the opportunity to participate in a week-long design thinking workshop at Stanford’s d.school. The workshop’s 45 domestic and international attendees represented a broad range of educational institutions and functions, from the Air Force University to engineering and the medical professions, while all sharing the […]

The Meeting of the Minds

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

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

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

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 […]