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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

Brazil-U.S. Announcement puts Brazil on the Path for Strong Climate Commitment before Paris

Posted June 30, 2015 by Amanda Maxwell

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"As major economies, the United States and Brazil will continue to lead in the fight against climate change. Since 2005, our two nations have reduced carbon emissions more than any other countries in the world." - President Obama "Climate change...continued

Pope Francis's Encyclical Strikes a Chord in Latin America

Posted June 24, 2015 by Amanda Maxwell

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"Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, eco­nomic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one of the principal chal­lenges facing humanity in our day. Its worst im­pact will probably be felt by developing...continued

The U.S. must enforce its Existing Trade Agreement with Peru before Signing the Largest Trade Agreement in History

Posted March 4, 2015 by Amanda Maxwell

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The United States government is gearing up to finalize a major international trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). If signed, the TPP will be the largest trade agreement in history, standardizing trade rules among 12 countries on the Pacific...continued

Mexican Energy Ministry Commits to Better Fuel Economy Standards for Government Vehicles

Posted January 30, 2015 by Amanda Maxwell

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This blog post was guest authored by Sam Hoyle, NRDC's Latin America Project Intern. The Mexican Energy Ministry (SENER) recently published the third set of official energy efficiency guidelines for all the entities and branches of the Federal Public Administration...continued

Mexico's Energy Legislation Needs to Incorporate Clean Energy in Order to Fight Climate Change

Posted December 15, 2014 by Amanda Maxwell

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Mexican President Peña Nieto spoke at the 20th Conference of the Parties climate negotiations (or COP) in Lima, Peru last week about Mexico’s commitment to fight climate change, including a commitment of $10 million to the Global Climate Fund and $20 million...continued

Six Products in Your Holiday Shopping Cart that Drive Deforestation in Latin America

Posted December 12, 2014 by Amanda Maxwell

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Approximately 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions originate from deforestation and forest degradation, which are no longer problems that can be discounted as local or rural issues. Whether burned, processed, or discarded, trees release immense amounts of carbon dioxide...continued

Four Actions that Latin America's Cities Can Explore to Combat Climate Change

Posted December 11, 2014 by Amanda Maxwell

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Between now and 2050 global urban populations are projected to grow from 3.4 to 6.4 billion people. Latin America and the Caribbean is the most urbanized region in the world, with 80 percent of its inhabitants living in cities. In...continued

Reducing Black Carbon Emissions is a Win-Win for Public Health and Climate in Latin America

Posted December 5, 2014 by Amanda Maxwell

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Today at the UN climate conference in Lima, Peru, NRDC is releasing a new report that focuses on a serious threat to both public health and climate in Latin America: black carbon. A recognized carcinogen and potent pollutant, black carbon...continued

Latin American Leaders Contribute at the UN Climate Summit

Posted September 23, 2014 by Amanda Maxwell

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Leaders from 125 countries at the UN Climate Summit in New York City – along with representatives from the private sector, civil society, and a host of other institutions – are pledging to help fight the global climate crisis. As...continued

A Major Victory in Patagonia: Chilean Government Rejects HidroAysén's Dam Project

Posted June 10, 2014 by Amanda Maxwell

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Chile’s government – under the leadership of President Bachelet – made a landmark decision today when it rejected the controversial HidroAysén dam project. "The HydroAysen hydroelectric project is rejected," declared the Minister of the Environment upon announcing the decision this...continued

Guest blog: the Importance of Gender-Specific Climate Change Initiatives in Latin America

Posted June 3, 2014 by Amanda Maxwell

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Guest blog by Cristina Cordova, an aspiring environmental advocacy professional with a Master’s degree in Global Environmental Policy from American University. She is currently conducting climate change policy research for the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Latin America team. I recently wrote...continued

Patagonia Update: Company Demonstrates Uncertainty Leading up to the Government's Decision about the Future of HidroAysén

Posted May 30, 2014 by Amanda Maxwell

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This is an exciting time in the campaign to protect Chile’s rugged Patagonia from the large hydroelectric proposal called HidroAysén. With a major government decision about HidroAysén’s future on the near horizon and indications that the company is not confident...continued

Guest blog: Inspecting Mexico's Latest Climate Change Plan

Posted May 29, 2014 by Amanda Maxwell

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Guest blog by Cristina Cordova, an aspiring environmental advocacy professional with a Master’s degree in Global Environmental Policy from American University. She is currently conducting climate change policy research for the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Latin America team. Mexico is a...continued

Chile's New Energy Agenda Lays the Foundation for Sustainable Growth

Posted May 22, 2014 by Amanda Maxwell

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Chilean President Michelle Bachelet released a new Energy Agenda on May 15th, which her administration will use as the foundation for a national energy policy. The much-anticipated document outlines seven pillars, or key areas, where new and specific efforts are...continued

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

Posted March 21, 2014 by Amanda Maxwell

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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

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