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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 […]

What ExxonMobil’s Duplicity on Climate Change Means for the Fossil Fuel Industry

August 31, 2017

ExxonMobil refinery

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager Back in 2015, a number of reports raised serious allegations against ExxonMobil, the world’s largest oil and gas corporation. The reports suggested that, over several decades, ExxonMobil outwardly denied or expressed skepticism about anthropogenic climate change, even though the company’s scientists and internal research documents often acknowledged its risks. […]

More than Economic Opportunities: Why National Monuments are Important

August 31, 2017

Valley of the Gods

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center In April of 2017, President Trump tasked Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke by Executive Order with assessing whether 27 National Monuments (i.e., those created since 1996 and at least 100,000 acres in size) should be eliminated, reduced in size or remain unchanged. The President declared that some of […]

The Circulatory System of Cities: Berlin, Germany

August 30, 2017

Routemap of Berlin's Liniennetz transit system

By: KAREESA KRON, student (HMC-’18) If the highways and streets in Los Angeles County represent the veins of the city as the primary conduit for travel and economic activity, then the traffic and dominance of cars means that L.A. should consider improving its diet and starting to exercise. The constant clots of traffic and the […]

Deliberate Urban Planning: A Case Study of Berlin, Germany

August 30, 2017

Planning map of Berlin, Germany

By: ZACHARY EVANS, student (HMC-’18) A person characterizing the layout of Southern California would have to include its haphazard urban sprawl. This rat’s nest of roads resulted from uncoordinated, stop-and-go development from various economic booms. From my experiences in Berlin this summer, Germans would not tolerate the jumbled urban planning here, because a sense of […]

Harvey Mudd College’s Path to Zero Waste

July 27, 2017

Students eating in the cafeteria.

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager As the Hixon Center, Facilities & Maintenance, and Dining Services move ahead with plans to improve waste diversion on campus, and while a new dehydrator and additional waste and recycling bins are a step forward, more is needed to create lasting change. Some of you may recall the announcement […]

A Call to Institutionalize Sustainability at Harvey Mudd

June 28, 2017

Harvey Mudd College campus

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager; and TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center Sustainability remains one of Harvey Mudd’s target areas for progress. As we argue here, the College must foster a culture around environmental sustainability on campus and among all of its community members if it is to prepare students for the real […]

Ted Cruz’s stance on Paris Climate Agreement myopic, not in America’s best interest

June 25, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center On May 29, Texas Senator and former presidential candidate Ted Cruz published an opinion article on CNN.com calling on President Trump to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. The reasons Senator Cruz lists to justify his call have been mostly debunked as biased, exaggerated, or wrong by […]

A Universal Experience: How We Can Learn Sustainability from Food

June 22, 2017

Else, Emily, Darcy, and Lauren

By: LAUREN D’SOUZA (CMC-’18), Web & Social Media Coordinator “Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” –James Beard In early March, the five other students in my study abroad program and I sat down in a classroom, just downstairs from our flats next to the University of Cape Town. We were to meet with […]

California Looks Ahead, Aims to Bolster Climate Policy

May 8, 2017

Gerry Brown speaks at a conference.

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager In the first 100 days of his presidency, Donald Trump has shown little to no inclination to maintain or advance the United States’ efforts to address climate change and other environmental issues. It did not take long after the federal election in November 2016 for California leadership to emerge […]