Category: "Waste"

Sustainability Focus Groups

Picture of a group of people sitting in a circle and talking

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Hixon Center Director During the spring the Hixon Center, with the help of CGU doctoral student Sara Hollar, conducted a series of focus groups on sustainability at Harvey Mudd College. The goal for the undertaking was to evaluate the work of the Hixon Center over the past 4+ years against people’s perceptions […]

Campus Sustainability: An International Perspective

Gathering of attendees for opening remarks at an international campus sustainability conference

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager Last month, I attended the 2nd Symposium on Sustainability in University Campuses (SSUC) conference in Florence, Italy. With 60 attendees from academic institutions around the world (largely from Europe), the conference offered an opportunity to hear from our international counterparts about how they have managed to advance environmental sustainability […]

Where Does Our Trash Go? Takeaways from a Material Recovery Facility Tour

Waste Management Transfer Station in Azusa, CA

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager On Friday, November 9th, I had the opportunity to revisit the Waste Management Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Azusa, CA. As part of the Hixon Center’s “Eco-Engage” Sustainability Dialogue Series held each Fall, I was joined by students, faculty, and staff from across the Claremont Colleges for a tour […]

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 […]

About Our Field Trip to the Azusa Waste Transfer Station

Waste Management Transfer Station in Azusa, CA

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center On October 30, students from my E38 course, “Introduction to Life Cycle Assessment,” and ESW/MOSS joined us at the Hixon Center for a tour of Waste Management’s Waste Transfer Station in Azusa, about 15 miles west of Claremont. Serving about 100 cities in Southern California, the facility […]

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 […]