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In this series, experts engage in solution-based discussions focusing on the environmental, social, and economic implications of high-stakes threats and breaking-news issues.

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Michael Shellenberger

John Hofmeister

Ariel Anbar

Jennifer Richter

Clark Miller



Michael Shellenberger

John Hofmeister

  • Julie A. Wrigley Private Sector Executive In-Residence, School of Sustainability, ASU

Ariel Anbar

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability, ASU
  • Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, ASU

Jennifer Richter

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Social Transformation and Change and Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes, ASU

Clark Miller

  • Moderator
  • Associate Director, Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes and Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, ASU

This Case Critical will spark conversation about thorium reactors and their potential to help end our dependence on fossil fuels. Panelists include Michael Shellenberger, featured in the controversial film Pandora’s Promise and a thought leader in climate-change policy and energy options; Ariel Anbar, a biogeochemist interested in the past and future evolution of Earth as a habitable planet; John Hofmeister, the former president of Shell Oil now focused on energy security solutions for the nation; and Jennifer Richter, whose works centers on nuclear energy and waste technologies and policies. Read about the recent controversy surrounding the film and its call for a nuclear future here and here.

Please attend the free film screening of Pandora’s Promise later that day.

Thursday, December 5, 2013
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 101
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(lunch will be provided)

Case Critical

Mike Pasqualetti

Grant Smedley

Stephen B. Etsitty

Vincent Yazzie

Brandon Loomis



Mike Pasqualetti

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, ASU Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Professor, ASU School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

Grant Smedley

  • Manager, Environmental Policy and Innovation, Salt River Project

Stephen B. Etsitty

  • Executive Director, Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency

Vincent Yazzie

  • Community Member

Brandon Loomis

  • Moderator
  • Environmental Reporter, Arizona Republic

The Navajo Generating Station (NGS), the largest coal-fired power plant in the West, provides electrical power to customers in three states and for pumping Colorado River water for the Central Arizona Project (CAP), which delivers water to central and southern Arizona. Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that the 40 year-old plant, Arizona's largest single source of carbon pollution, needs to update its pollution controls.

The NGS is at a critical stage of its lifespan, with the U.S. EPA, CAP, the Salt River Project, the Navajo Nation, as well as the state governments of Arizona, California, and Nevada, in negotiations about its future.

Join us for a conversation with representatives from the Navajo region, energy field, and policy realm on the complex web of sustainability issues, ranging from environmental protection, social and environmental justice, economic development, as well as water and energy policy, both regional and federal.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Old Main, Carson Ballroom
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(lunch will be provided)

Case Critical

Wally Broecker

Peter Byck

John Hofmeister

Mike Pasqualetti



Wally Broecker

  • Newberry Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University

Peter Byck

  • Director and Producer, Carbon Nation

John Hofmeister

  • Former President, Shell Oil Company
  • Julie A. Wrigley Private Sector Executive-in-Residence, ASU's School of Sustainability

Mike Pasqualetti

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, ASU's Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Professor, ASU's School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

The Keystone XL Pipeline, a large-scale project proposed to transport oil from Canada's tar sands to the U.S., is an issue at the forefront of climate change action and debate. Some argue the project will boost energy security, while others say it is a Band-Aid for a bullet wound. Environmental groups are planning a Tar Sands Action aimed at encircling the White House to influence Obama’s impending decision on the Pipeline. As we enter an age of energy uncertainty, will compromising our natural lands yield a sustainable future?

Join this panel discussion featuring Wally Broecker, “the grandfather of climate science"; Peter Byck, director of Carbon Nation; John Hofmeister, former president of Shell Oil; and ASU geographer Mike Pasqualetti. Discover the political, economic, and environmental pressures of the heated Pipeline controversy.

Friday, February 22, 2013
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 101
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(refreshments will be provided)


Video


Keystone XL Pipeline: A Line in the Sand?

Case Critical

John Hofmeister

Mark Z. Jacobson

Peter Byck

Eve Troeh



John Hofmeister

  • Julie A. Wrigley Private Sector Executive-in-Residence for Sustainability, ASU's School of Sustainability
  • Founder, Citizens for Affordable Energy
  • Former President, Shell Oil Company

Mark Z. Jacobson

  • Professor of Civil Engineering, Stanford University
  • Director, Atmosphere/Energy Program, Stanford University

Peter Byck

  • Director and Producer, Carbon Nation

Eve Troeh

  • Reporter, Marketplace Sustainability Desk, American Public Media

How do you want the future to be powered? Fossil fuels? Renewables? Both? Some argue that renewable energy isn’t reliable enough to power our economy; others say that renewables can be the major energy source within a decade. We are in a period of needing to choose between traditional and clean energy. It is critical that we envision our energy future now.

Join us for a Case Critical discussion featuring a former Big Oil president, a prominent atmospheric and energy scientist, and an environmental filmmaker. Sustainability reporter Eve Troeh will moderate the speakers for an evening that may change how you think about America's energy portfolio.

Welcoming remarks

For ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability,
Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University

For the Arizona Science Center,
Chevy Humphrey, President and CEO, Arizona Science Center

This event is hosted at the Arizona Science Center through the Arizona Science Center-Arizona State University partnership.

Thursday, January 24, 2013
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.: Booth displays by members of the Arizona Energy Consortium
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.: Panel Discussion
7:30 - 8:00 p.m.: Reception
Arizona Science Center, IMAX Theater
600 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Three-hour parking validation is available at the Heritage Square Parking Garage. The Metro Light Rail stops within walking distance.

Reservations are at capacity for this event. Please arrive early to ensure a seat.


Video


The Future of Energy: Brown, Clean, or In Between?

Case Critical

Nancy J. Selover

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Arizona State Climatologist, State Climate Office

Rimjhim Aggarwal

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability

Summer Waters

  • Water Resources Extension Agent, Maricopa County
  • Arizona Cooperative Extension, The University of Arizona

Hallie Eakin

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Associate Professor, School of Sustainability

More than half of all U.S. counties have been listed as natural disaster areas; the vast majority of them received this designation because of the drought. It’s being said that the 2012 U.S. drought is the most serious since 1988. Is it an indicator of climate change?

Join an expert panel in a discussion on what this means for our economy, agriculture, and how it will impact our water resources.

Moderated by Climate Change Science Manager, Nalini Chhetri.

Thursday, September 6, 2012
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
(breakfast will be provided)
Old Main, Carson Ballroom
Arizona State University, Tempe campus

Case Critical

Timothy James

Gary Dirks

Ram M. Pendyala

Mike Kuby



Timothy James

  • Director of Research and Consulting, L. William Seidman Research Institute, and Research Professor, Department of Economics, W. P. Carey School of Business

Gary Dirks

  • Director, ASU LightWorks

Ram M. Pendyala

  • Professor of Transportation Systems, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Mike Kuby

  • Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Gas prices are on their way to record highs in Arizona. With gas prices targeted to reach $5 per gallon by this summer, will this tip us back into a recession? Join four experts as they discuss why prices are rising and how it will affect us.

Moderated by: Ryan Randazzo, Business Reporter, The Arizona Republic.

Friday, April 13, 2012
12:00- 1:30 p.m.
(lunch will be served)
Wrigley Hall, Room 481

Video


Video


Are high gas prices here to stay?

Case Critical

Wes Gullett

Greg Stanton



Wes Gullett

  • Candidate for Phoenix Mayor

Greg Stanton

  • Candidate for Phoenix Mayor

Over the past decade, Phoenix has made significant gains in sustainability. In 2009, Mayor Phil Gordon introduced an ambitious 17-point plan, Green Phoenix, to transform the city into a national sustainability leader. If sustainability is to be an economic driver of our region, how can the city's next mayor extend the gains of the last decade?

Candidates Wes Gullett and Greg Stanton will discuss sustainability in Phoenix and beyond in this Case Critical debate. Moderated by Rob Melnick, Executive Dean, Global Institute of Sustainability.

Parking is free for those arriving after 4pm at the University Center Garage (on Polk between Central and 1st Street).

This event is co-sponsored by the Green Chamber of Greater Phoenix.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
(light refreshments will be served)
A.E. England Building
Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix Campus
424 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

Video


Video


Phoenix Mayoral Debate: Advancing Sustainability

Case Critical

Steve Pyne

Shaun McKinnon



Steve Pyne

  • Regents' Professor, School of Life Sciences

Shaun McKinnon

  • Reporter, The Arizona Republic

Join us as wildfire expert Steve Pyne and The Arizona Republic's Shaun McKinnon discuss the Wallow Fire in Arizona and other recent U.S.wildfires and consider their ecological and economic impacts.

Steve Pyne is a Regents' Professor in ASU's School of Life Sciences and the author of a score of books, mostly on the history and management of wildland and rural fire. He is currently researching a fire history of the U.S. from 1960-2010.

Shaun McKinnon covers water, climate and environmental issues for The Arizona Republic.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
(a lunch of blackened salmon and tofu will be served)
Wrigley Hall, Room 481

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Case Critical

A forum with ASU sustainability experts

Join a range of ASU experts for a lively discussion on the devastating events in Japan and the potential local and global impacts of the disaster.

  • Ramon Arrowsmith (Geological Sciences) on earthquake enigmas
  • Joseph Comfort (Department of Physics) on nuclear engineering
  • Kenneth Mossman (School of Life Sciences) on radiation health, safety, and public policy
  • Peter Rez (Department of Physics) on radiation physics

Moderated by R.F. Shangraw, Director of the Global Institute of Sustainability

This event will be held in Wrigley Hall (map and directions).

Can't make it? Tune into our webcast.

Thursday, March 24, 2011
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
(refreshments will be served)
Wrigley Hall, Room 481

Case Critical


A forum with Arizona Corporation Commission Candidates:
David Bradley, Democrat
Brenda Burns, Republican (invited)
Rick Fowlkes, Libertarian
Gary Pierce, Republican (invited)

The Arizona Corporation Commission regulates public utilities in Arizona, including electricity, gas, water, and sewer. In 2006, the Commission established a state policy that requires electricity providers to obtain 15 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2025.

Will Arizona continue its transition to renewable energy sources like solar and wind? With two seats open on this five-seat commission, Arizona's renewable future hinges on the outcome of the November 2nd election. Candidates running for the Commission will give their perspectives on Arizona's Renewable Energy Standard. Meet them and see where they stand on this critical issue.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Memorial Union, Pima Room (230)
Arizona State University at the Tempe campus



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