Category: "Sustainable Living" Page 2

Harvey Mudd College’s Path to Zero Waste

Students eating in the cafeteria.

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager As the Hixon Center, Facilities & Maintenance, and Dining Services move ahead with plans to improve waste diversion on campus, and while a new dehydrator and additional waste and recycling bins are a step forward, more is needed to create lasting change. Some of you may recall the announcement […]

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 […]

Tips for a Sustainable Move-Out

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 […]

Environmentally Friendly Living: What You Can Do!

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center In the big scheme of things, our individual actions to reduce our ecological footprint seem largely inconsequential. It requires hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of us to make the same lifestyle changes (e.g., retrofitting light bulbs, walking instead of driving, reducing and recycling our waste, etc.) […]

Tips for a Sustainable Holiday Season!

Globe-shaped holiday decoration

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager I think we can all agree that the holiday season is one of the most exciting and enjoyable parts of the year. The semester draws to a close: classes are over, finals are done, and so we can return to our families and friends at home to rest (and of course, […]

Fall Break: National and State Park Road Trips

BY: LAUREN D’SOUZA (Note: The following article was originally posted on the CMC Forum on October 14, 2015. With the permission of the author, it is reproduced below to fit the Hixon Center’s theme of Outdoor Recreation for the month of October.) As an Arizona native, I have self-proclaimed authority over state and national parks in the […]

For the Eco-Conscious Buyer: Beware of Fake Food Claims

BY: PROFESSOR TANJA SREBOTNJAK, DIRECTOR OF THE HIXON CENTER As I was returning from an overseas trip, I stumbled across an interesting article in the in-flight magazine. It was interesting not only because of its educational content, but because it was in an airline magazine – the kind that typically focuses on enticing customers with […]

Trash to Treasure: Make Your Move-Out Sustainable!

BY: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager Think about everything in your dorm room – your furniture, your clothes, your appliances…In just under a couple of weeks, you will have to move all of that stuff out. Move-out is a particularly stressful event for college students, most of whom realize that they just can’t keep everything. […]

The Hixon Center’s Alternatives to Disposable Products

BY: LAUREN D’SOUZA Americans live a lifestyle focused on disposable goods. Instead of having to deal with the hassle of carrying around and cleaning out reusable items, it often seems easier or more convenient to grab one-time use products. However, this attitude can be dangerous and lead to an immense amount of plastic waste that […]