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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 […]

The Augury of our Heat Exhaustion

Los Angeles cityscape

A warming world presents us with harsh realities and harsher dilemmas. What do the next fifty years look like? By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager I managed to miss the heatwave that blasted the greater Los Angeles region in July. Triple digit temperatures were ubiquitous in the early days of the month, some breaking historic […]

Climate Change in Court: The Implications of Impending Climate Litigation

Power plant emitting greenhouse gases

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Acting Director of the Hixon Center Climate and environmental issues aren’t making their way into the mainstream news as much anymore, and when they do, the news is discouraging. Amidst everything else, you might have come across the stream of controversial developments coming out of the Pruitt-led Environmental Protection Agency – most […]

Your Individual Choices Do Matter

Graphic on personal choices to reduce one's contribution to climate change

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Acting Director of the Hixon Center Over the past two weeks, Harvey Mudd has been participating in the annual PowerDown competition. During this competition, we compare electricity consumption in our residence halls to that of the other Claremont Colleges to see which institution can most substantially reduce its consumption over two weeks […]

Part 3: Sustainable Management of Critical Materials – What is It, and Why Do We Care?

Life Cycle Assessment graphic

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center This is the third and final part of a multi-part series on the sustainable management of critical materials. Read Part 1 and Part 2. The previous two segments of this series covered the history and technical details of determining material criticality. This third and final segment identifies some […]

Part 2: Sustainable Management of Critical Materials – What is It, and Why Do We Care?

Figure 1: Short-term criticality assessment of several minerals relevant for the energy-sector using the NAS methodology (Source: DOE 2011 Critical Materials Strategy, page 4).

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center This is the second part of a multi-part series on the sustainable management of critical materials. Read Part 1 and Part 3. Previously, I wrote the first segment of this series for the Hixon Center’s blog about the history of critical raw materials (CRM) in the European Union […]

Stronger in Solidarity: Takeaways from AASHE 2017

AASHE conference entrance

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager Each year, many of the world’s institutions of higher education gather together to address the growing and ongoing need for environmental and climate action. This year, the annual conference of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, or AASHE, was held in San Antonio, Texas and […]