HCSED Announcements and Events

The Hixon Center Reflects on the Sustainable Design and Solutions Conference

October 19, 2016

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 […]

The Hixon Center goes to AASHE!

October 19, 2016

From Left to Right: Alexis Reyes (Assistant Director of Sustainability, Pomona College), Warren Biggins (Sustainability Manager, Pitzer College), Louis Spanias (Sustainability Program Manager, Harvey Mudd College) and Crystal Weintrub (Sustainable Entrepreneurship Coordinator, Scripps College)

BY: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager I have been involved in campus sustainability on college campuses since I was a sophomore in college. After being heavily involved with UC Berkeley’s Residential Sustainability Program and Student Environmental Resource Center, I developed a passion for sustainability in higher education. I strongly believe that the college campus is, […]

Hixon Center Hosts First Sustainable Design and Solutions Conference

October 19, 2016


The Hixon Center successfully hosted the first Biennial Conference for Sustainable Design and Solutions at HMC on Saturday, October 8th, 2016. With nearly 100 attendees throughout the day, the conference sought to engage students, faculty, and professionals in stimulating conversations about a wide variety of environmental issues and sustainable solutions across a range of fields. […]

Meet Our Energize Colleges Fellow: Kanami Otani

October 17, 2016

BY: LAUREN D’SOUZA, Social Media & Web Coordinator The Hixon Center sat down with Kanami Otani, the new Energize Colleges fellow at Harvey Mudd and Claremont McKenna, to discuss being the roots of her environmental interests, her role in the program, and how she can be a resource to students. HCSED: Tell us a little […]

Hixon Center Director, Tanja Srebotnjak, visits Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, Germany, October 14, 2016

October 17, 2016

The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) is something of a hidden gem in the large Berlin-Potsdam climate and sustainability science and policy research ecosystem (including the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), the Helmholtz Centre for Geosciences, the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, several climate and energy focused research […]

California’s Future for Net Energy Metering: Sunny Skies or Rainy Days?

October 6, 2016

BY: FIONA BARE, Student Manager at the Roberts Environmental Center (Claremont McKenna College), and TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Hixon Professor of Sustainable Environmental Design (Harvey Mudd College) After months of heated debate and intense lobbying by utility companies, solar industry associations and environmental groups, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted 3-2 in favor of enacting the […]

Where Does Your Candidate Stand on the Environment? Part 4: The First Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates

October 5, 2016

BY: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager To review… In the past three segments of this series, I have sought to analyze and explain how each of the presidential candidates, and their respective parties, have addressed environmental issues during this campaign. For some, it may have come as no surprise that the Democratic and Republican parties […]

Fall Break: National & State Park Road Trips

October 2, 2016

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 […]

5C Class Spotlight: Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

September 18, 2016

BY: LAUREN D’SOUZA In my opinion, the most unique aspect of attending one of the five Claremont Colleges is the ability to take classes at the other four esteemed institutions. As a tour guide at Claremont McKenna, I tout this proudly on all my tours, mentioning one class in particular: Professor Tanja Srebotnjak’s Life Cycle […]

Introducing the Energize Colleges Program!

September 18, 2016

BY: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager Since its establishment last year, the Hixon Center has sought every opportunity to engage students in environmental sustainability on and off campus. We recognize that, as part of a student’s educational experience and professional development, internship opportunities provide students with the skills, networks, and experiences necessary to pursue academic and professional […]

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