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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.) […]

Climate Clash: President Trump’s First Moves on the Environment

January 30, 2017

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager It did not take long for President Donald Trump to make his first moves on the environment. Inaugurated just over a week ago, the 45th President of the United States has acted quickly, issuing a number of executive orders and instructions, geared toward undoing President Obama’s environmental legacy. The […]

President Obama’s Environmental Legacy

January 16, 2017

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager In September 2016, the U.S. and China stepped forward together to sign and ratify the Paris Climate Agreement, a profound act by the world’s two leading greenhouse gas emitters to hold themselves, and each other, accountable. A couple of months later, in November 2016, the Agreement came into force, committing all nations […]

Tips for a Sustainable Holiday Season!

December 5, 2016

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager I think we can all agree that the holiday season is one of the most exciting and enjoyable parts of the year. The semester draws to a close: classes are over, finals are done, and so we can return to our families and friends at home to rest (and of course, […]

A Look Ahead: Studying Sustainability in South Africa

December 2, 2016

BY: LAUREN D’SOUZA, Social Media & Web Coordinator Next semester, I am thrilled to be embarking on my study abroad adventure in Cape Town, South Africa. When I first was pondering the idea of studying abroad, I had lukewarm feelings. I’ve been very fortunate to have traveled abroad with my family, and at first, I […]

Our Uncertain Climate Future

November 21, 2016

What the U.S. Election Now Means for Global Climate Action By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center & LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager A few weeks ago, we commented on the apparent climate blackout in the presidential debates and mainstream media coverage. We also provided coverage of the candidate’s opinions in our “Where Does […]