Category: "Reflection Pieces" Page 2

Overcoming Fatigue and Helplessness to Achieve Sustainability Goals

Protestors at Climate Rally

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager This semester, the Hixon Center launched its “Eco-Engage” Sustainability Dialogue Series. Since the series began in September, students, faculty, and staff from across the Claremont Colleges have come together for film screenings, panel discussions, and workshops – cutting across environmental issues on all scales, from the global context of […]

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 […]

The Circulatory System of Cities: Berlin, Germany

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

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 […]

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 […]

A Universal Experience: How We Can Learn Sustainability from Food

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 […]

Planning a Sustainable City in Cape Town

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. […]

A Year in Review: The Hixon Center Reflects on 2016

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center; and LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager The Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design was officially launched in September 2015 as a college-wide center dedicated to promoting sustainability in the curriculum, research and community engagement. The Center shortly thereafter merged with the Center for Environmental Studies (CES) and assumed […]

A Look Ahead: Studying Sustainability in South Africa

BY: LAUREN D’SOUZA, Social Media & Web Coordinator Next semester, I am thrilled to be embarking on my study abroad adventure in Cape Town, South Africa. When I first was pondering the idea of studying abroad, I had lukewarm feelings. I’ve been very fortunate to have traveled abroad with my family, and at first, I […]

The Hixon Center Reflects on the Sustainable Design and Solutions Conference

BY: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center, LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager, and LAUREN D’SOUZA, Web & Social Media Coordinator (CMC-’18) Following the Biennial Conference for Sustainable Design and Solutions that took place on October 8th, we here at the Hixon Center took some time to reflect on the event and share our reflections […]