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Sustainability Conferences

The Global Institute of Sustainability attends, exhibits, supports, or sponsors sustainability-related conferences locally, nationally, and around the world.

ACES 2010: A Community on Ecosystem Services

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

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.

Clearing the Air: Clean Air, Climate Change, and Sustainability in Arizona

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

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.

Sustainable Phosphorus Summit

February 3 - 5, 2011
ASU Tempe Campus

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.

Regional Tree and Shade Summit

March 9, 2011

The Regional Tree and Shade Summit, scheduled for March 9, 2011, will highlight the importance of trees and shade as an integrated component in the development of our metropolitan area. Proper care and maintenance of trees is one facet of sustaining this important resource, and there is a critical need to strengthen the understanding of arboriculture and the many benefits of a healthy urban forest.

The Regional Tree and Shade Summit is in partnership with ASU’s Sustainable Cities Network, the cities of Phoenix, Mesa and Glendale, the USDA Forest Service and the Arizona State Forestry Division.

Resilience 2011 - Resilience, Innovation and Sustainability:
Navigating the Complexities of Global Change

March 11 - 17, 2011
ASU Tempe Campus

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.

UGEC: Global Monitoring and Modeling of Urban Growth Patterns

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

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.

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History and Sustainability: Stories of Progress, Hubris, Decline, and Resilience

April 13 - 16, 2011
Location TBD,
Phoenix, Arizona

ASU is hosting the American Society for Environmental History's next annual conference. The conference will include an opening presentation from 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, field trips, and exhibits examining the border fence's impact on people and ecological communities.

International Conference on Sustainability Science

February 22 - 24, 2012
ASU Tempe Campus

The International Conference on Sustainability Science (ICSS) aims to advance sustainability science knowledge as well as consolidate and formalize its research network by soliciting the active participation of the different stakeholders in a process of scientific co-production. ICSS 2012 is the third in a series of conferences that will gather the world’s scientific leaders in sustainability science as well as representatives from industry and civil society in an effort to link the scientific understanding of human - nature systems with action to achieve sustainability.