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ESW/MOSS goes to Austin – and gets celebrated!

April 16, 2017

ESW/MOSS students presenting a poster at the ESW National Conference.

By: HIXON CENTER STAFF and ESW/MOSS STUDENTS The Hixon Center recently sponsored four ESW/MOSS students to attend the annual Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) National Conference, at the University of Texas, Austin, from April 6th to April 9th. Olivia Schneble (’17), Paige Rinnert (’17), Jasmine Seo (’20), and Veronica Cortes (’20) represented Harvey Mudd’s ESW Chapter, […]

Tips for a Sustainable Move-Out

April 16, 2017

People holding boxes moving in and out of dorms.

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager Harvey Mudd students won’t have to move out for another few weeks, but as I learned during my time in college, it’s wise to start thinking about the move-out process early. Chances are that, as a student, you’ve accumulated a lot of stuff over the past year. As soon […]

Dismantled: President Trump signs executive orders undoing Obama climate policies

April 4, 2017

President Trump signing executive order

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager This past Tuesday, President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13783: “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth,” in an effort to “[avoid] regulatory burdens that unnecessarily encumber energy production, constrain economic growth, and prevent job creation,” and, as Trump himself stated, to “put an end to the war on coal.” […]

Matters of Belief: What Pruitt’s Rhetoric Really Means

March 20, 2017

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager On Thursday, March 9th, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt appeared on “Squawk Box,” a CNBC morning news and talk program, where he was asked if he believed that carbon dioxide (CO2) was proven to be the “primary control knob” for climate. Pruitt responded: No – I think […]

Halfway There: A Mid-Semester Update on Energize Colleges

March 20, 2017

Student uses power tool on a project.

By: KANAMI OTANI, Energize Colleges Program Coordinator Energize Colleges is a program funded by California state utility ratepayers and administered by non-profit Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) which aims to implement academic and workforce development in energy career pathways on college campuses across the state. The goal of Energize Colleges is to provide students with exciting […]

Planning a Sustainable City in Cape Town

March 19, 2017

BY: LAUREN D’SOUZA, Web & Social Media Coordinator Note: Lauren is studying Global Sustainability & Environment in Cape Town, South Africa this semester. Read her previous post on the program to learn more. The 1987 Brundtland Commission famously defined sustainability as balancing the “interlocking crises” of three broad areas of concern: environmental, social, and economic. […]

Replenished, but not Rectified: California’s Drought Picture and Water Management Looking Forward

February 27, 2017

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager In case you haven’t noticed, it rained a lot recently. While weather scientists anticipated that El Niño would bring relief to the California drought in 2016, it largely turned out to be a bust. Some parts of the state received rain, especially in the Central Valley, but warmer temperatures […]

Besieged or Emboldened: Women’s and Environmental Movements under the Trump Administration

February 27, 2017

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center The 2016 presidential campaign was full of headline-grabbing stories about the war on women and the environment that a Trump Administration would wage. President Trump’s appointees to key positions at the Departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) […]

The State of Renewable Power in the U.S.

February 12, 2017

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center The new Administration’s emerging environmental and climate change policy agenda is much discussed these days, to the serious concern and fear of many. Therefore, I would like to use this article to give you a brief update on the state of renewable power in the U.S., because […]

Environmentally Friendly Living: What You Can Do!

February 12, 2017

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center In the big scheme of things, our individual actions to reduce our ecological footprint seem largely inconsequential. It requires hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of us to make the same lifestyle changes (e.g., retrofitting light bulbs, walking instead of driving, reducing and recycling our waste, etc.) […]