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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 […]

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

Workshop attendees in Zurich

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center This is the first part of a multi-part series on the sustainable management of critical materials. Read Part 2 and Part 3. Recently, I participated in a weeklong workshop on the sustainable management of critical raw materials. The workshop, organized by the EU Commission-funded project “SusCritMat,” mainly caught […]

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

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. […]

A Call to Institutionalize Sustainability at Harvey Mudd

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

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 […]

The State of Renewable Power in the U.S.

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 […]

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

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 […]