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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

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

Posted December 15, 2014 by Amanda Maxwell in Solving Global Warming

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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 in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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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 in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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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 in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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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 in Solving Global Warming

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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 in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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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 in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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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 in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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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 in Living Sustainably

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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 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

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