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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 […]

Reaching Across Fences: Non-Traditional Allies for the Environmental Movement

May 8, 2017

People protesting for environmental protection.

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center Environmentalists are used to labels. Many of us have been called tree huggers, granola-eating Birkenstock wearers – or worse. In the era of Trump-style populism and rejection of fact-based evidence and science, I argue that environmentalists need to look for allies where perhaps traditionally they were scarce […]

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 […]