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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 […]

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 […]

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.” […]

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 […]

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 […]

Climate Blackout

November 1, 2016

Why Climate Change Hardly Surfaced During the Presidential Campaign Season By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager If you have been following the presidential debates, as well as the Hixon Center’s ‘Where Does Your Candidate Stand on the Environment?’ series, you might have noticed the glaring lack of discussion in the debates and in the mainstream […]

‘Brexit’ and the Environment: Part 3

September 4, 2016

BY: PROFESSOR TANJA SREBOTNJAK, DIRECTOR OF THE HIXON CENTER This is Part 3 of the Hixon Center’s three-part series (Part 1; Part 2) on the implications of the Brexit vote for the environment and climate change. Professor Tanja Srebotnjak discusses implications of the UK’s parting from the EU as it pertains to global action on climate change. Part […]

‘Brexit’ and the Environment: Part 2

August 14, 2016

BY: PROFESSOR TANJA SREBOTNJAK, DIRECTOR OF THE HIXON CENTER This is Part 2 of the Hixon Center’s three-part series (read ‘Brexit’ and the Environment: Part 1) on the implications of the Brexit vote for the environment and climate change. It discusses some of the potential effects that the UK’s parting from the EU could have on […]