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Amanda Maxwell, Latin America Advocate, Washington, DC

Amanda Maxwell

I’m a born and bred Jersey girl, but have lived for varying amounts of time in Michigan, Vermont, Rhode Island, New York, and the Czech Republic before moving to Washington, DC. Prior to joining NRDC I received my Masters degree in International Politics and Economics with a focus in Renewable Energy policy from Charles University in Prague. While there, I gained an appreciation for night running, train travel (especially of the high speed variety), and the local pivo. I received my Bachelors degree in history and Spanish from Middlebury College, and also studied in Buenos Aires.

Recent Posts

Energy Efficiency: A Pillar of Chile's Energy Future (Part I)

Posted March 21, 2014 by Amanda Maxwell in Living Sustainably

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Earlier this week I wrote about how Chile’s non-conventional renewable energy sector is booming and will play a key role in the future of the country’s energy mix. Another clean energy sector that is often overlooked in the country –...continued

The future of Chile's energy sector lies with renewable energy, new report shows

Posted March 19, 2014 by Amanda Maxwell in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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The Chilean Renewable Energy Center recently released its annual report for 2013, and the numbers send a clear message: Chile’s non-conventional renewable energy* sector is where the action is. While conventional energy projects –coal and large hydro– linger in judicial...continued

The "Three Amigos" Get it Right by Pledging to Work on Transportation and Climate at the North American Leaders Summit

Posted February 20, 2014 by Amanda Maxwell in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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At the North American Leaders Summit in Toluca, Mexico yesterday, U.S. President Obama, Mexican President Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister announced a series of actions they will take in the coming months and years to address economic growth, trade,...continued

The Solution to Mexico's Air Pollution Problem could serve as a Model for North American Leaders as they meet to Discuss Trade Negotiations

Posted February 19, 2014 by Amanda Maxwell in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably

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President Obama is meeting today with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the North American Leaders Summit in Toluca, Mexico. With the meeting taking place on the heels of the 20th anniversary of the...continued

Chile's Government Passes the Buck on HidroAysén, Dealing yet Another Blow to the Project

Posted January 31, 2014 by Amanda Maxwell in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Chile’s current government officially handed HidroAysén’s political fate over to incoming president Bachelet’s administration yesterday, dealing yet another significant blow to the controversial mega-dams project and another clear victory to the majority of Chileans who oppose it. The Committee of...continued

Guest Blog: As Children Return to School, the Government must Pass Regulations for Cleaner Air

Posted January 9, 2014 by Amanda Maxwell in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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Guest blog by Leticia Pineda, Mexican Center for Environmental Law, A.C. (CEMDA): Children all across Mexico are returning to school this week after the excitement of the holidays. As they head back to their classrooms, kids in Mexico City will...continued

A Major Victory in the Fight to Protect Patagonia as HidroAysén Disappears from Investor List

Posted January 7, 2014 by Amanda Maxwell in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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A major victory in the fight to protect Chile’s rugged Patagonia came today when media reported that Endesa Chile, the majority owner of HidroAysén, has removed the massive hydroelectric proposal from the list of active projects it presented to investors at...continued

Latin America is already preparing for climate change adaptation - ahead of the U.S.

Posted November 6, 2013 by Amanda Maxwell in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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President Obama’s new executive order requiring U.S. federal agencies to “undertake actions to enhance climate preparedness and resilience” is the latest sign that the U.S. government is taking climate change seriously. It is fitting that the announcement came a year...continued

The Economic Benefits of Renewable Energy Far Outweigh the Costs for Chile

Posted October 30, 2013 by Amanda Maxwell in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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The future of renewable energy looks bright in Latin America.  Almost every week news stories report on new renewable energy projects in countries throughout South and Central America. The Inter-American Development Bank  reported earlier this year that the region’s electric...continued

South America's glaciers: going the way of the dinosaurs?

Posted October 25, 2013 by Amanda Maxwell in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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South America’s glaciers are critical reserves of fresh water that support human communities and wildlife in every country where they exist. Unfortunately, these frozen masses are disappearing at increasing rates, as industrial activities, climate change, and altered weather patterns are...continued

Civil society groups file a new complaint to Mexico's National Human Rights Commission about the country's poor air quality

Posted October 23, 2013 by Amanda Maxwell in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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Guest blog by Leticia Pineda, Mexican Center for Environmental Law, A.C. (CEMDA): Several civil society organizations, including the Mexican Center for Environmental Law, A.C. (CEMDA), announced yesterday that we are filing an official complaint with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)...continued

Outdoor air pollution is officially linked to cancer: what it means for Latin America and Mexico

Posted October 18, 2013 by Amanda Maxwell in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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Yesterday experts at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer research arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), officially classified outdoor air pollution as being “carcinogenic to humans.” The IARC called outdoor air pollution one of the...continued

Young Chilean kayakers come to the U.S. to see first-hand the impacts of large dams

Posted July 31, 2013 by Amanda Maxwell in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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I wrote almost two years ago about a remarkable short film about young kayakers in the Chilean Patagonia town of Cochrane, whose experiences riding on the Baker River would be forever changed if the proposed massive hydroelectric plant called HidroAysén...continued

International Spotlights Shine on Mexico's Air Quality and Climate Efforts

Posted July 30, 2013 by Amanda Maxwell in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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Mexico hosted the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) last week which met to discuss current efforts among member countries to limit short-lived climate pollutants and mitigate climate change. While there, I heard encouraging commitments from the Mexican government to...continued

Mexico's Air Quality is Front and Center as Host of International Climate and Clean Air Meetings

Posted July 23, 2013 by Amanda Maxwell in Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) —a collaborative initative comprised of representatives from the governments of over 30 countries, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and non-governmental organizations— will meet in Mexico City this week to discuss and encourage...continued

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