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2015 Sustainability Solutions Festival

Ignite your imagination and help make the world a better place at the second annual Sustainability Solutions Festival. Set at various venues across Phoenix, the Festival will ask you to reimagine the future of how you live, work and play.

Everyone from young students to scholars to leaders of industry is invited to attend the week’s collection of events featuring hands-on activities, conferences including the 2015 GreenBiz Forum, films and community celebrations.

To partner or volunteer, contact Kelly Saunders.

Monday-Saturday, February 16-21, 2015
Various locations across Phoenix

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Arizona State University’s Emerge 2014 will be a “Carnival of the Future” – a radically creative, playful and challenging approach to the future world we actually want to make. It will feature massively public, evening-long adventures under a big tent showcasing cutting-edge performance and swarming, flying technology along with incisive visions of the future that obliterate the traditional boundaries between engineering, arts, sciences and humanities. Visit emerge.asu.edu to learn more.

The theme for Emerge 2014 is “The Future of Me,” for we find ourselves at a challenging intersection:

Individuals have never had so much power – from Edward Snowden challenging nation states, to Bill Gates personally deciding to eradicate polio. Medicine is personalized, learning platforms are personalized, and entrepreneurs run global businesses out of their smartphones.

At the same time, individuals have become nothing more than tiny motes in networked systems that are so staggering in complexity as to be beyond understanding, much less control. The idea of individual human agency seems fanciful in a world of Big Data and ubiquitous surveillance.

Emerge 2014 challenges engineers, artists, scientists, designers, story tellers, ethicists, humanists, makers and futurists to explore questions of individuality, autonomy and freedom, as well as control, automation and facelessness.

RSVP at http://asuemerge2014.eventbrite.com.

Friday, March 7, 2014
6:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Downtown Phoenix
3rd St between Roosevelt Street and Garfield Street


It's time to find a better way.

The inaugural Sustainability Solutions Festival will feature a variety of events for everyone – from young students to scholars to industry leaders – in a vibrant showcase for and about sustainability solutions.

Monday, February 17, 2014 – President’s Day
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sustainability Solutions Family Day at the Arizona Science Center (more information)
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The Sustainability Consortium Meeting (registration required) (more information)
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Carbon Nation film screening with Director Peter Byck at the Arizona Science Center (more information)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The Sustainability Consortium Meeting (registration required) (more information)
1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. GreenBiz U 2014, Wrigley Hall, room 481, Arizona State University, Tempe campus (more information)
1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. GreenBiz Forum (registration required) at Montelucia
6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Ignite@ASU Sustainability at Arizona Science Center (more information)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. GreenBiz Forum 14 (registration required) at Montelucia
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. The Sustainability Solutions Celebration (more information)
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. GreenBiz U 2014, Memorial Union, Alumni Lounge, Arizona State University, Tempe campus (more information)

Thursday, February 20, 2014
8:00 a.m. - Noon GreenBiz Forum 14 (registration required) at Montelucia
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. GreenBiz U 2014, Memorial Union, Alumni Lounge, Arizona State University, Tempe campus (more information)
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Arizona Solar Summit IV (registration required)
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Geek’s Night Out at Tempe City Hall at 6th Street Park (more information)

Friday, February 21, 2014
6:15 p.m. (doors open); 6:45 p.m.(film screening begins) Sedona Green Film Festival. Featuring the documentary Carbon Rush and two short films. Post-film discussion with the director, Amy Miller. Galvin Playhouse, Arizona State University, Tempe campus (more information). Free.

Saturday, February 22, 2014
10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Picnic at Tempe City Hall at 6th Street Park (more information)

The Festival is proud to partner with GreenBiz Group and The Sustainability Consortium to be a convening host for their events that will take place in venues throughout the greater Phoenix area. The Festival is an event coordinated by ASU's Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, a program within the Global Institute of Sustainability. Additional partners include Arizona Science Center, Arizona Solar Summit, and Arizona SciTech Festival.


emerge: artists + scientists + engineers + humanists + more redesign the future

What is the future of truth? We will explore the futures of truth through a series of performances, conversations and beautiful lies. Join artists, engineers, designers, futurists, scientists, humanists and makers in a festival of cognitive dissonance that explores our own complex entanglements with truth, reason, and meaning.

Featured speakers from the Global Institute of Sustainability include:

Sander van der Leeuw: Dean, School of Sustainability and UN Champion of the Earth
Dan Sarewitz: Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Co-Director, Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes
Ann Kinzig: Chief Research Strategist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Professor, School of Life Sciences
Julie Anand: Sustainability Scholar, Global Institute of Sustainability and Professor, School of Art
Brad Allenby: Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Director, Center for Earth Systems Engineering and Management

See a schedule here. Co-sponsored by the School of Sustainability.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013 - Saturday, March 2, 2013
Arizona State University, Tempe campus


The Arizona SciTech Festival showcases Arizona as a national leader in science, technology, and innovation. Spearheaded by the Arizona Technology Council Foundation in partnership with Arizona State University and the Arizona Science Center, the festival is a grassroots collaboration of over 200 organizations in industry, academia, arts, and community geared to excite and inform Arizonans ages three to 103 about how science, technology, and innovation will drive our state for the next 100 years.

What is a science festival anyway?

Science festivals are public celebrations that offer a wide range of science, technology, engineering, and math-related activities that include creative exhibitions, demonstrations, performances, tours, debates, workshops, and concerts in a variety of locations.

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Saturday, February 9 - Sunday, March 17, 2013


Leisa Brug

Leisa Brug

  • Director, Governor's Office of Energy Policy

Renewable Energy projects are being implemented across the state, but many communities lack the capacity or “know-how” to initiate projects that would benefit them. The Arizona Renewable Energy Conference provides an opportunity for all communities to learn how to take the first steps to initiating renewable energy and energy saving programs for themselves and their citizens.

Sessions at this conference are targeted to getting decision-makers the information they need to move forward with programs that are available for cities, towns, and counties all across Arizona.

Speakers will talk about programs available through utilities, the State of Arizona, and federal sources. Keynote speaker, Leisa Brug from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Energy Policy, ASU's Sustainable Cities Network, and other partners will provide updates and additional information on the Arizona Rooftop Challenge.

Download PDF to register.

For questions, contact:
Kimberly Moon

Friday, September 7, 2012
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(breakfast and lunch provided)
Library and College Building
7401 E. Civic Circle
Prescott Valley, AZ
Cost: $10 per person


Designed to provide grounds managers with the hard-to-find opportunity to gain knowledge, ask questions, and network with their peers, this interactive program will feature education seminars on must-know topics as well as behind-the-scenes tours of area grounds management programs.

The focus of this event will be sustainability, water conservation, and water quality, and will a feature presentation on Climate Change and Outdoor Water Use by ASU research professional Ray Quay.

March 22-23, 2012
Old Main, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus

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Signatories to the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) have made a public commitment to the bold and ambitious goal of climate neutrality. Schools face many challenges as they work to develop and implement their Climate Action Plans, and one of the key goals of the ACUPCC initiative is to develop a learning community that fosters collaboration and the sharing of best practices so that all institutions can move toward achieving climate neutrality as quickly as possible.

This symposium is a working session to foster dialogue and collaboration among ACUPCC signatories who are facing similar challenges and opportunities within the Southwest region. Sessions will be tailored to allow participants to engage in conversations on barriers to the implementation of their Climate Action Plans and brainstorm solutions and creative approaches for overcoming those barriers.

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Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.
Friday, March 2, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Old Main Carson Ballroom
Arizona State University at the Tempe campus


The 2012 International Conference on Sustainability Science is the third meeting of its kind, and will be held at Arizona State University. ICSS 2012 will depart from the traditional conference model to employ an innovative case study approach. In-depth engagement with three case studies will provide a framework in which to examine state-of-the-art sustainability science practice. Participation in this conference is by invitation only.

February 20-23, 2012
Location: Old Main
Arizona State University at the Tempe campus


Changing Environments, Shaping Lives

Changing Environments, Shaping Lives

The School of Nutrition and Health Promotion will host the 2012 Building Healthy Lifestyles Conference, "Changing Environments, Shaping Lives." The conference will highlight and examine the scientific evidence on the importance of food sustainability and the impact of built environments on physical activity and food choices. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Janet Poppendieck, author of Free for All: Fixing School Food in America, will discuss the sustainability of school lunches.
  • Michele Simon, a public health lawyer and author of Appetite for Profit, will discuss how industry affects the food environment.

School of Nutrition and Health Promotion faculty and topics that they will present at the conference include:

  • Chris Wharton - food environment
  • Punam Ohri-Vachaspati - food policy
  • Steve Hooker - walkable livable communities
  • Eric Heckler and Matt Buman - how technology can be used in the built environment to promote physical activity.

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Friday, February 17, 2012
Registration at 12:00 p.m.
1:00-7:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
9:00-4:00 p.m.
Friday, Ventana Room, Memorial Union, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus
Saturday, Arizona Room, Memorial Union, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus


The Arizona SciTech festival showcases Arizona as a national leader in science, technology, and innovation through a series of hands-on activities and workshops, conversations and debates, exhibitions, concerts, guided walks, and tours taking place during the month of February 2012. Spearheaded by the Arizona Technology Council Foundation in partnership with Arizona State University and the Arizona Science Center, the Arizona SciTech Festival is a grass roots collaboration of over 200 organizations in industry, academia, arts, community and K-12, geared to excite and inform Arizonans age three to 103 how science, technology and innovation will drive our state for next 100 years.

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Linking Science, Society, and Technology

Thanks for your interest, this workshop is full.

Living in the desert has always been a challenge for organisms, including people. There is too little water and, in most cases, too much heat. As Phoenix has grown, the natural environment has been transformed from native desert vegetation into structures built by people, from buildings, to parking lots, to roadways.

How has this impacted our urban temperatures, and urban biodiversity? How has this impacted the people living here? How can we mitigate these effects through engineering and become a more sustainable city?

Explore these questions in a multidisciplinary workshop hosted by ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability, the School of Evolution and Social Change, and the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy

July 6-8, 2011 8:30-4:30
September 24, 2011 8:30-4:30
July: ASU, Wrigley Hall
September: (TBD)


The American Society for Environmental History's next annual conference will take place in Phoenix, Arizona. Hosted by Arizona State University, one of the country's outstanding innovators in sustainability studies, the conference will include an opening presentation by ASU president Michael Crow, a plenary talk by William Cronon, and a sustainability workshop co-sponsored by ASU's School of Sustainability and the Decision Center for a Desert City. Additional events will include a plenary discussion on immigration, borderlands, and social justice, as well as panels, film screenings, and exhibits examining the border fence's impact on people and ecological communities. At the height of springtime, we will offer an outstanding set of field trips, including a pre-conference birding trip to the Pinal Mountains, a post-conference overnight trip to Grand Canyon National Park, and half-day site visits on Friday afternoon to explore water development, urban planning, local archaeological projects, and other topics. The conference will include ten sessions of concurrent panels for scholars to present their research. For more information: http://www.aseh.net/conferences/aseh-s-phoenix-conference-2011/conf-phoenix-program For more information, contact: Richard Tucker, program committee chair, rptucker@umich.edu; Paul Hirt, local arrangements committee chair, paul.hirt@asu.edu; Lisa Mighetto, executive director, director@aseh.net

Wyndham Hotel in downtown Phoenix


On April 1-3, approximately forty researchers from around the world and the country will gather at Arizona State University to discuss global monitoring and modeling of urban growth patterns in two parallel workshops along with local stakeholders. The first workshop will address the drivers and consequences of global urbanization using emerging remote sensing technologies. The second workshop will focus on forecasting urban land use change and Earth system responses. Both workshops will examine different disciplinary perspectives (e.g., geography, urban planning, remote sensing, economics, conservation, and landscape ecology) and methodological approaches (e.g., remote sensing, statistical and econometric modeling, system dynamics modeling, agent-based models). Workshop participants will include urban growth modelers, urban planners, users of urban growth models, and other stakeholders. This initiative originates from workshop funding provided by NASA and NSF as well as coordination by the UGEC International Project Office at the Global Institute of Sustainability.

Contacts: Michail Fragkias: Michail.Fragkias@asu.edu / Corrie.Griffith@asu.edu
Website: http://urbangrowth.ugecproject.org

April 1-3, 2011
Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center
7700 East McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85258


The aim of Resilience 2011 is to advance understanding of the relationships among resilience, vulnerability, innovation, and sustainability. It will do so by bringing together scientists to share their work on the dynamics of interconnected social-ecological systems. Conference attendees will include people from the government, business, NGOs and academic sectors concerned with resource governance, and economic and social development.

March 11 - 17, 2011
ASU Tempe Campus

Contacts: Marty Anderies / Sander van der Leeuw
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The Regional Tree & Shade Summit will bring together municipal and private sector professionals for a one-day meeting to address the growing importance of regional tree and shade plans and green infrastructure to the long-term sustainability and success of our communities. Please join us!

March 9, 2011
8:30am - 5:00pm
AE England Building
424 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix

If you have any questions, please contact Anne Reichman at anne.reichman@asu.edu or call 480-965-2168.


The Sustainable Phosphorus (P) Summit is the fourth annual Frontiers in Life Sciences (FiLS) conference, a graduate student-led meeting supported in part by Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences and the Sustainable P Initiative (SPI). This will be an international, transdisciplinary conference aimed at sharing knowledge on the complex dynamics of phosphorus, as well as creating a stage for solution-driven discourse on P sustainability between academics, policy makers, and industry representatives. A juried exhibition and art competition will be held at the Desert Botanical Garden in collaboration with this conference. Deadline for artist submissions is January 1, 2011.

February 3 - 5, 2011
ASU Tempe Campus

Margaret Coulombe / Elizabeth Cook
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Air quality, climate change, and sustainability present major challenges to the future of Arizona. This conference will feature leading experts proposing practical solutions to the evolving legal, scientific, and policy dimensions of these environmental problems.

January 13 - 14, 2011
Armstrong Hall Room 105, College of Law, ASU Tempe Campus

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ACES, A Community on Ecosystem Services, brings together government, non-governmental organization, academic, tribal, and private sector leaders to advance the use of ecosystem services and related science in conservation, restoration, resource management, and development decisions. The primary objective of ACES is to provide an open forum to discuss the latest and most innovative methods, tools, and processes for assessing ecosystem services while facilitating their effective use in planning and decision-making.

December 6 - 9, 2010
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort, Chandler, Arizona

Contact: Ann Kinzig / Charles Perrings
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