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Upcoming Sustainability Series

Sustainability Series speakers discuss a range of environmental, social, and economic topics at these events, sponsored or co-sponsored by the Global Institute of Sustainability.Sustainability Series

Bjoern Hagen



Bjoern Hagen

  • Assistant Research Professor
  • School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University

Despite the convincing body of anthropogenic global climate change science, there remains a significant gap between the recommendations provided by the scientific community and actual action by the general public and policy makers. In this talk, Hagen will discuss the necessity of understanding of public perception on climate change to design, implement, and generate support for public policy.

Hagen will discuss his survey research taking place in nine countries that focuses upon public perceptions of climate change and identifies factors that impact public willingness to support mitigation and adaption.

Hagen has worked on projects focusing on sustainable urban and regional development with the Development Agency of Rhineland Palatinate and the redesign of the UNESCO World Heritage site Völklingen Ironworks toward a sustainable future.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(light breakfast will be provided)


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Terra Rose Ganem



Terra Rose Ganem

  • Founder, Grow Organic Kids

In this talk, Ganem will tell the story of how she built Grow Organic Kids, an organization that gives children access to healthy food and experiential education. From the first organic garden in a local school to the development of an entire organization, she will expand upon her experience in creating a successful model and community engagement strategies for success.

Ganem holds a degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from Arizona State University. She founded Grow Organic Kids in April 2013.

Thursday, April 24, 2014
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(lunch will be provided)


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Sustainability Series

Fron Nahzi



Fron Nahzi

  • Global Business Development Director
  • Walton Sustainability Solutions Iniiatives

For the past twenty years, Western governments and private foundations have spent billions to implement democratic order in emerging democracies. The West’s cornerstone to civil society development is the formation of NGOs and the development of donor systems found in most Western countries (i.e., foundations, endowments, and corporate social responsibility programs). In this talk, Nahzi will discuss how public and privately funded civil society development programs are established and implemented in emerging democracies and he will take a deeper look into their effectiveness.

Fron Nahzi has more than 20 years of international development experience. He has worked and lived in more than 20 countries in the Balkans, Central and Eastern Europe, Caucuses, Africa, Oceania, and Southeast Asia.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(light breakfast will be provided)


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Jessica Lenz



Jessica Lenz

  • Senior Program Manager, Protection at InterAction
  • Founder and Senior Child Protection Advisor, TipToe Empowerment

In this talk, Lenz will explore the overused and oversimplified term “'resilience” and place it in the context of female child soldiers returning from captivity. From brainwashing, to spying, to learning to fire a gun, Lenz flips the negative skills and unveils coping mechanisms that can help child soldiers reintegrate into their families and communities.

Lenz is an international child-protection specialist with over 15 years of experience working with children in adversity. She is the founder of TipToe Empowerment, which offers technical support to the UN, donors, and NGOs.

Friday, April 18, 2014
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(light refreshments will be provided)

Sustainability Series

Reverend Michael Dowd



Reverend Michael Dowd

  • Author and Evolutionary Theologian

In this talk, Dowd will discuss a worldwide meta-religious movement that has been emerging for decades at the nexus of science, inspiration, and sustainability. He will describe how society can be united by a pool of common values, priorities, and commitments regarding the importance of living in the right relationship to reality and how we can work together in service of a just and thriving future for humanity and the larger body of life.

Dowd's bridge-building book, Thank God for Evolution, was endorsed by 6 Nobel Prize-winning scientists, noted skeptics, and by religious leaders across the spectrum. His work has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Wired, Discover, and on CNN, ABC News, and Fox News.

Thursday, April 17, 2014
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(lunch will be provided)

The Conversation for Action Lunch Series  

Fletcher Beaudoin



Fletcher Beaudoin

  • Assistant Director, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University

In this talk, Fletcher will discuss two ways where the University is building applied learning infrastructure: Portland State University’s engagement with local EcoDistricts through the sustainable neighborhoods initiative and its campus-based sustainability living lab program. Fletcher will provide select examples from both programs, highlighting key insights for creating and maintaining high quality applied learning opportunities, across the university and with partnering neighborhoods of the metro area.

Fletcher is involved in developing interdisciplinary and cross-sector partnerships that provide faculty and students opportunities to connect with sustainability issues in the community. He assists with strategic planning for sustainability research and funding, manages a regional partnership of organizations focused on ecosystem services, and advises for a variety of campus-level sustainability initiatives. He holds a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy and Energy Policy from Columbia University.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Memorial Union, Gold Room
Arizona State University, Tempe campus

Sustainability Series

Roger Sant



Roger Sant

  • Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus, The AES Corporation
  • Chairman, The Summit Foundation

Since the first energy crisis in 1973, conventional wisdom about US energy markets has focused on problems of scarcity, rising prices, environmental clean-up costs, and whether we can increase efficiency, reduce consumption and still grow the economy. In this reflective talk, Sant examines the errors of conventional wisdom and what our experience tells us about the ability to meet our newest challenge: carbon pollution.

Before starting the AES Corporation, a Fortune 200 global power company, in 1981, Sant was assistant administrator for Energy Conservation and the Environment at the Federal Energy Administration. He also directed the Energy Productivity Center, an energy research organization affiliated with the Mellon Institute at Carnegie-Mellon University.

We are at capacity with RSVPs for this event. Please arrive early to ensure a seat.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(lunch will be provided)

Sustainability Series

Arnold Ambiel



Arnold Ambiel

  • Chief Operating Officer, One World Futbol Project

Join us to learn more about the One World Futbol Project, a charitable partner in our signature Earth Month celebration event, The Earth Day Soccer Classic.

Ambiel will tell the One World Futbol Project story and how their nearly indestructible soccer ball is positively impacting lives around the world through the power of play.

Ambiel runs the day-to-day operations of a virtual company that operates globally with employees in the US, Africa, Asia, and South America. He is responsible for growing the worldwide team and developing business relationships to support the company’s worldwide expansion.

Help our Earth Day efforts to purchase One World Futbols for kids in Accra Ghana here.

Thursday, April 3, 2014
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(lunch will be provided by Cafe Lalibela Ethiopian restaurant)

Sustainability Series

Ambassador David Balton



Ambassador David Balton

  • Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries
  • Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science, Department of State

The Arctic region is changing rapidly: glaciers are receding, sea ice is diminishing, and permafrost is thawing. All these phenomena present serious challenges for residents of the Arctic and for the world. At the same time, the Arctic warming is enabling increased shipping and hydrocarbon extraction. In this talk, Ambassador Balton will review these developments and a recent flurry of international efforts to come to grips with them.

In March 2005, following confirmation by the Senate, Balton attained the rank of Ambassador during his tenure. Ambassador Balton is responsible for coordinating the development of U.S. foreign policy concerning oceans and fisheries, and overseeing U.S. participation in international organizations dealing with these issues. His portfolio also includes responsibility for overseeing the Department of State’s work on Arctic and Antarctic affairs.

This event is co-sponsored by Center for Law and Global Affairs, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Memorial Union, Pima Room (230)
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(light appetizers will be provided)

Sustainability Series

George Brooks



George Brooks

  • Co-Founder, RighTrac, Inc.

STEM education, healthy foods, and good jobs will drive Phoenix’s 21st century economy and sustainability holds the key. Join us for a wide-ranging conversation as Brooks discusses “The Power of Aquaponics” to address these needs and more.

Brooks is a founder of the urban aquaculture firm RighTrac and regularly contributes to The Arizona Republic on sustainability, green jobs, water, diversity, and community awareness. He is a member of the PlanPhx leadership team responsible for creating the new City of Phoenix General Plan.

This event is at capacity, please arrive early to ensure a seat.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(lunch will be provided)

Sustainability Series

Robert Pindyck



Robert Pindyck

  • Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Ltd.
  • Professor, Finance and Economics
  • Professor, Applied Economics
  • Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professor Pindyck will discuss a framework for evaluating the allocation of efforts to avert different types of catastrophes including: environmental, mega-viruses, nuclear, and terrorism. He considers how these events can have cascading effects, and as a result how we should evaluate the appropriate societal trade-offs, and use them to evaluate policies that avoid these threats.

Dr. Pindyck’s research and writing in microeconomics and industrial organization cover topics including financial market structure, value of patents, environmental policy, and policy implications of global catastrophic events. His most recent research focuses on economic policies related to rare disasters.

Friday, March 28, 2014
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(breakfast will be provided)

Sustainability Series

Joy Hought



Joy Hought

  • Director of Education, Native Seed/SEARCH

Once a highly regarded staple of civilization, wheat is now perceived by many to be a scourge to our health. Wheat is linked to increases in gluten sensitivity, allergies, depression, even obesity. In this talk, Hought will discuss current knowledge about changes in wheat protein and nutrition from ancient to modern times, as well as wheat-breeding techniques.

Hought teaches Seed School, Grain School, and seminars on biotechnology. She earned an MSc in agroecology from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Her research focuses upon wheat nutrition and genetics and the revival of local grain-production systems.

Lunch will feature rolls baked with heritage wheat from Hayden Flour Mills.

Thursday, March 27, 2014
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(lunch will be provided)

Sustainability Series

Anthony Floyd



Anthony Floyd

  • Green Building Program Manager, Office of Environmental Initiatives
  • City of Scottsdale

Building construction norms and practices have evolved into a set of defaults based on consensus-based industry standards, codes, and regulations. As part of the evolving rules and market forces, ecological intelligence are playing an increasing role in the transparency of building products and systems. Floyd will discuss these cultural shifts in the industry and the expanding role of regulatory nudges, defaults, disclosure policies, and green-building codes--all aimed at the design and constructing ecologically responsive communities.

Floyd is a licensed architect and served as the building official for the City of Scottsdale from 1988 to 1995. He helped to establish Arizona’s first Green Building Program in Scottsdale in 1998 while integrating green certification into the building plan review, permit, and inspection process.

Thursday, March 20, 2014
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(lunch will be provided)

Sustainability Series

Philip D. Allsopp



Philip D. Allsopp

In this talk, Allsopp will review well-being metrics and examine the impacts of public policy based on incomplete urban, infrastructure, social and economic models. A case study of Native American housing will be used to highlight the negative impacts of inadequate attention to wellbeing and place-making.

Allsopp spent 26 years in the management consulting field leading health care industry and system dynamics practices with major firms including A.T. Kearney and Science Applications International Corporation. Phil is a Ph.D. candidate at Kingston University, London, UK and is conducting research in Arizona into the impacts on well-being and human emotions of the visual characteristics of place.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(lunch will be provided)

Sustainability Series

Joni Adamson



Joni Adamson

  • Professor, English and Environmental Humanities, School of Letters and Sciences
  • Senior Sustainability Scholar, Global Institute of Sustainability

Typically, the story of the American Dream envisions higher standards of living for each succeeding generation. But when we examine the language of the declarations and manifestos being written around the world by environmental groups and networks, we typically hear calls for a story of another kind, one in which people seek to live well, not better.

In this talk, Adamson will discuss the role that stories, narratives, and networks play in empowering humans to imagine new approaches to sustainability, justice, progress, growth, wealth, and the common good.

Adamson is the author of American Indian Literature, Environmental Justice, and Ecocriticism; co-editor of The Environmental Justice Reader; American Studies, Ecocriticism and Citizenship; and the forthcoming Keywords for Environmental Studies.

This lecture is co-sponsored by LightWorks.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
9:45 - 11:00 a.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(breakfast will be provided)

Sustainability Series

Former U.S. Senator Timothy Wirth



Former U.S. Senator Timothy Wirth

  • Vice Chair U.N. Foundation

In this talk, former Senator Timothy Wirth will discuss why the U.S. is uniquely poised to lead a global initiative on policy development that realistically addresses the need for adaptive, resilient, and sustainable systems. To catalyze this initiative, the U.N. Foundation and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research are engaging scientists, researchers, and U.S. citizens in meaningful dialogue about possible responses to the global threat of climate change.

Wirth was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986, where he focused on environmental issues, particularly global climate change and population stabilization. Following two decades of elected politics, Wirth served as national co-chair of the Clinton-Gore campaign and, from 1993 to 1997 as the first Undersecretary for Global Affairs in the U.S. State Department.

Friday, March 7, 2014
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Memorial Union, Gold Room (207)
Arizona State University, Tempe campus

Sustainability Series

Soe Myint

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

In this talk, Myint will discuss the use of remote sensing, a tool used to observe the earth’s land surfaces, to better understand climate change. Myint has over 20 years of experience in using remote sensing, geographic information systems, and spatial modeling approaches to investigate land-use and land-cover change in relation to environmental issues.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(lunch will be provided)

Sustainability Series

Mindy Kimball



Mindy Kimball

  • Lieutenant Colonel, US Army; Sustainability PhD Student

In this talk, Kimball will share her stories from an expedition where she sailed around the Antarctic Peninsula to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Geologic Society of America. The 3-week expedition brought together leading researchers in geology, climatology, and bird and marine ecology. Learn why rocks can be more interesting than whales and penguins, how conservation efforts can eradicate rats, and how the macaroni penguin was named.

Kimball's research interests include sustainable transportation, life-cycle assessment, and the national security implications of climate change.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(lunch will be provided)

Arts & Humanities in Sustainability Series  

Nalini M. Nadkarni

  • Director, Center for Science and Mathematics Education, University of Utah
  • Professor of Biology

People need trees. Because trees require human voices to advocate for them, Dr. Nadkarni has sought insights about trees and humans by communicating her scientific studies of rainforest canopies through collaborations with artists, physicians, urban youth, senior citizens, legislators, and incarcerated men and women.

Known as “the Queen of the Forest Canopy,” Dr. Nadkarni studies treeptop organisms and interactions in rainforests of Costa Rica. She is a Professor of Biology and the Director of the Center for Science and Mathematics Education at the University of Utah and will present as part of the IHR Andrew W. Mellon Foundation /Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes funded “Humanities for the Environment” project.

RSVP at https://ihr.asu.edu/node/1548/register

Friday, February 21, 2014
4:00 p.m.
Coor Hall, Room 170
Arizona State University, Tempe campus

Arts & Humanities in Sustainability Series  

Jon Mooallem

  • Contributing Writer, New York Times Magazine
  • Writer-at-Large, Pop-Up Magazine

The birth of the teddy bear, inspired by a well-publicized incident during President Theodore Roosevelt’s black bear-hunting trip to Mississippi in 1902, was an idiosyncratic signal of a larger shift in the United States’ imaginative relationship with bears and other predators at the turn of the 20th century: Americans feared and exterminated bears, but all of a sudden, they also wanted to give a bear a hug. Seven years later, supporters of President-elect William Howard Taft promoted the incoming dministration’s answer to the teddy bear: the Billy Possum. The toy was not a success. It was creepy-looking. Nobody liked it. These two case studies are used to explore how Americans think and feel about wild animals.

Jon Mooallem has been a Contributing Writer to the New York Times Magazine since 2006 and is also writer at large for Pop-Up Magazine. He has contributed to This American Life, Harper's, Wired, The New Yorker, Radiolab and many other magazines and radio shows. Jon Mooallem will present this lecture, which is co-sponsored by the School of Life Sciences, as part of the Institute for Humanities Research Andrew W. Mellon Foundation /Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes funded "Humanities for the Environment" project. Jon Mooallem will be participating in the second of three workshops entitled "Imagining Communities in the Anthropocene: Multi-species Relationships." The Humanities for the Environment (HfE) project is concerned with various aspects of environmental humanities and will be animated by questions about the role of the humanities in the age of the Anthropocene. Mooallem's recent book Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America will be available for purchase prior to his lecture just outside of the Marston Exploration Theater where light refreshments will be served and Mooallem will be available to sign books.

RSVP at https://ihr.asu.edu/node/1549/register

Thursday, February 20, 2014
4:00 p.m,. refreshments and book signing
5:00 p.m, lecture
ISTB4, Marston Exploration Theater
Arizona State University, Tempe campus

Sustainability Series

Pape Samb

  • Chairman, Global Youth Innovative Network (GYIN)
  • President, Exeleadmen International Consulting

Samb leads GYIN, a youth-run network of over 5,000 young leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, and farmers in 100 countries. He uses the 3S Approach (Synergy, Sustainability, and Success Stories) to build social enterprises, for-benefit enterprises, and self-sustainable, community-led programs around the world.

In this talk, Samb will discuss his experiences in Africa and demonstrate how people motivated by social aims can steer the emergence of a new model of sustainable communities.

Thursday, February 13, 2014
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(light breakfast provided)

Sustainability Series

Mindy Kimball

Felicia French

Joe Knott

Andrew Lane



Mindy Kimball

  • Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, Sustainability PhD Student (Moderator)

Felicia French

  • Colonel (Retired), U.S. Army, Sustainability PhD Student

Joe Knott

  • Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), U.S. Army, Sustainability PhD Student

Andrew Lane

  • Major, U.S. Army Reserve, Sustainability Masters Student

In this unique conversation, three graduate students will speak about how their military service during peacetime and war played an unconventional and surprising role in their decision to study at the School of Sustainability. They will share personal stories--from "showering" with bottled water to teaching villagers to cook with solar ovens--from deployments in conflict areas.

Join us as they describe how those experiences shaped their world views and affirmed the importance of sustainability in their personal and professional lives.

Short Leash Hotdogs, a local food truck, will serve lunch in the parking lot west of Wrigley Hall. Please arrive at 11:30 a.m. to retrieve your free food voucher before our presentation begins at 12 p.m.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
lunch at 11:30 a.m.
panel at 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(lunch will be provided)

Sustainability Series

Chris Rainier



Chris Rainier

  • National Geographic Society Fellow

National Geographic's Rainier takes us on a journey to cultures that are integrating traditional knowledge and the use smart phones, cameras, and video to preserve their disappearing traditions to find sustainable solutions for the planet.

Traveling the planet for over 30 years, Rainier has been in a race against time to document indigenous communities struggling to preserve their ways of living for future generations. Now, with the advent of technologically driven storytelling and social media, he focuses on empowering these communities to gather around the “fireplace” of the web to tell their stories of survival.

This event is at capacity, please arrive early to ensure you get a seat.

Thursday, February 6, 2014
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(lunch will be provided)

Sustainability Series

John Ashton

Gary Dirks

Sander van der Leeuw

Yongsheng Zhang

Carlo Jaeger



John Ashton

  • Physicist from Britain; former diplomat; founder of E3G

Gary Dirks

  • Director, Global Institute of Sustainability and of LightWorks; former president of BP China

Sander van der Leeuw

  • Archaeologist from the Netherlands; ASU professor of anthropology; co-director of ASU's Complex Adaptive Systems Initiatives; UN Champion of the Earth

Yongsheng Zhang

  • Economist from China; Senior Research Fellow, Development Research Center of the Chinese government

Carlo Jaeger

  • Economist from Switzerland; visiting scholar at ASU; professor at Beijing Normal University; panel moderator

Global climate policy has reached a serious impasse. It has become a zero-sum game among national negotiators trying to avoid serious commitments. To rescue climate policy, we must reframe it as a global competition for the rewards of creative climate policy: business opportunities geared to more livable cities and infrastructure for 9 billion people on planet Earth.

America, China and Europe will be key players in this competition. In the panel discussion we will blend these perspectives to tackle the question: “How can climate policy be reframed from a perspective of burden sharing to one of opportunity creation?”

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(light refreshments will be provided)

Sustainability Series

Bruno Sarda



Bruno Sarda

  • Director of Global Sustainability Operations, Dell

Dell, a Fortune 50 company, recently unveiled its Legacy of Good plan, a commitment to put technology and expertise to work where it can do the most good for people and the planet. The Dell plan will set the trajectory for social and environmental sustainability to become an accelerator for successful and sustainable customer and societal outcomes for years to come. In this talk, Sarda will discuss how such plans get developed and championed inside large global organizations.

Sarda directs Global Sustainability Operations at Dell. He is also an adjunct faculty member at ASU’s School of Sustainability and a consultant for ASU's Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, advising on the professional master’s program in sustainability practices.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(lunch provided)

Sustainability Series

Daniel Bodansky

Sonja Klinsky

Manjana Milkoreit



Daniel Bodansky

  • Lincoln Professor of Law, Ethics, and Sustainability, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Sonja Klinsky

  • Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability

Manjana Milkoreit

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives

Bodansky, Klinsky, and Milkoreit attended the latest round of the global climate-change negotiations in Warsaw in November 2013. In this talk, these three ASU researchers will share their insights into the multilateral process, explain why loss and damage is such a hot topic (and why equity remains one), and describe the role of civil society in the negotiations.

Thursday, January 30, 2014
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(lunch will be provided)

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Law and Global Affairs at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

Sustainability Series

Jaycie Chitwood



Jaycie Chitwood

  • Future Fuels and Environmental Strategy Manager, Toyota Motor Sales, USA

How does a global manufacturer of vehicles define and measure sustainability? Although it’s mostly about the cars and trucks we drive, it’s also about how those cars and trucks are produced, transported, and sold. What about impact beyond the vehicles? How far does an automaker’s environmental footprint extend?

In this talk, Chitwood will address these questions and more in a discussion about the future of transportation.

Thursday, January 23, 2014
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(lunch will be provided)

Arts & Humanities in Sustainability Series  

Lindsay Kinkade



Lindsay Kinkade

  • Founder and Creative Director, Design RePublic Studio
  • Faculty Associate, School of Design, ASU

In this talk and innovative workshop, Kinkade will invite participants to quickly prototype the future. Participants will imagine and share what the community might possibly do next to make The Valley of the Sun the most beautiful, fun, user-friendly, walkable, and bikeable region it can be.

Kinkade is an experimental urbanist, strategic futurist, and visual communicator working on the future of cities. In her research, she meets with experts in all fields and rides a bike along light rail and all over downtown Phoenix.

This lecture is part of the Arts and Humanities in Sustainability Series co-sponsored by ASU’s Institute for Humanities Research and Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus

Sustainability Series

Nilsa Bosque-Pérez



Nilsa Bosque-Pérez

  • Professor, Department of Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences
  • University of Idaho

In this talk, Bosque-Pérez will showcase a research and education project conducted by the University of Idaho and the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center in Costa Rica. Using case studies, she will discuss opportunities in the study of socioecological systems in the developing tropics and the challenges and rewards of conducting team-based research in an international setting.

Bosque-Pérez directs an NSF-IGERT project that evaluates resilience of socioecological systems in changing landscapes in Idaho and Costa Rica. Her research interests include sustainable agricultural systems, socioecological systems, and interdisciplinary graduate education.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(lunch will be provided)

Sustainability Series

Jigar Shah



Jigar Shah

  • CEO, Jigar Shah Consulting

In this talk, author Jigar Shah will describe an opportunity in front of all of us: how to turn the biggest challenge of our lifetime — climate change — into a $10 trillion dollar new economy. In this talk, Shah presents “The100/100 New Economy Plan” that identifies 100,000 businesses selling $100 million in climate change solutions by 2020.

Jigar Shah is the author of Creating Climate Wealth. Unlocking the Impact Economy. He founded SunEdison, the world’s largest solar-services company and was the founding CEO of the Carbon War Room — a global nonprofit started by Richard Branson to promote entrepreneurial solutions to climate change.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(lunch will be provided)


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Creating Climate Wealth: The Largest Wealth-Creation Opportunity on the Planet

Sustainability Series

Charles Bayless



Charles Bayless

  • Chairman of the Board, North America Energy Holdings

As atmospheric CO2 concentrations continue to rise, there are broader implications than just global warming. About one-half of the anthropogenic CO2 emitted has been absorbed by the oceans, causing ocean acidification. In this talk, Bayless will discuss the compounding problems created by this process.

Bayless is the past president and provost of West Virginia University Institute of Technology and former chairman, president, and CEO of Illinois Power Company and Tucson Electric Power. He holds an MSEE in power engineering, a JD from West Virginia University, and an MBA from University of Michigan.

Monday, December 2, 2013
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(breakfast will be provided)

Sustainability Series

Joan Baron



Joan Baron

  • Environmental Artist, Educator, Consultant

In this talk, local artist Joan Baron takes the audience on a visual journey into the richness of her material selections and fabrication processes, as well as the evolution of her artwork, as she seeks to speak about significant issues of our times.

Baron brings a fresh perspective to the definition of urban sustainability. Whether its turning a roadway culvert into a vertical sculpture that collects water or re-purposing old translucent onyx tiles into light transmitters--art can be the magic bullet that brings communities together. She received her MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and has maintained a studio in south Scottsdale for the last 30 years. Baron divides her time among public-art projects, collaborative team teaching, community activism, and guerrilla gardening, and has served on Project Rising Phoenix Advisory Committee, Audubon Arizona, and City of Scottsdale Yaqui Mural Project, among many others. Her “Edible Landscape Project" received the Scottsdale Environmental Design Award in 2012.

This lecture is part of the Arts and Humanities in Sustainability Series co-sponsored by ASU’s Institute for Humanities Research and Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(lunch will be provided)

Sustainability Series

Dilip Kulkarni



Dilip Kulkarni

  • President of Agro-Food Division of Jain Irrigation Systems, Limited (JISL), India

In this talk, Kulkarni will discuss the Jain Irrigation Systems Limited (JISL) business model of inclusive growth, centered on the needs of the farmers. He will discuss the various sustainability initiatives the company has undertaken motivated by "learning from nature" and Gandhian principles.

JISL.is a agri-business company with headquarters in India and operations in around 120 countries. JISL is the second largest global supplier of micro-irrigation equipment and a leading producer of processed foods and vegetables. JISL has won numerous international awards including from the International Finance Corporation and the World Economic Forum as the "Sustainability Champion" in 2011.

Kulkarni is an expert on technology transfer and extension for farmers and entrepreneurs. He holds a master’s degree in food technology and a doctorate from the Central Food Technological Research Institute in Mysore, India.

Friday, November 22, 2013
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(breakfast will be provided)

Sustainability Series

Kristen Averyt



Kristen Averyt

  • Associate Director for Science
  • Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)

In this talk, Kristen Averyt, director of the Western Water Assessment, a NOAA program based at CIRES, will discuss the connections between climate science and decision-making across the West , in particular, the water-use implications of generating electricity.

Averyt’s research interests center on climate variability and change, with a focus on the interplay between climate mitigation/adaptation and the energy-water nexus. She is a lead author on the US National Climate Assessment (to be released in 2015) and has earned several awards and honors, including a Fulbright Fellowship to New Zealand and a NOAA Congressional Fellowship. As a staff scientist for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2005–08), Averyt was one of the many scientists to receive the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Co-sponsored by the Environmental Engineering Series, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
12:00 - 1: 30 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(lunch will be provided)

Sustainability Series

Christine Lee

John Hunt



Christine Lee

  • Artist and Designer

John Hunt

  • MSME, Professional Engineer, USDA Forest Service

In this talk, Hunt, an engineer, and Lee, an artist, will discuss their model for art-science-humanities investigations and their work to create more sustainable building materials.

Hunt and Lee's development of a patent-pending, nontoxic engineered wood composite, began with shared idea that value can be added to wood byproducts and recycled fibers to divert these resources from going to the landfill.

This lecture is part of the Arts and Humanities in Sustainability Series co-sponsored by ASU’s Institute for Humanities Research and Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Thursday, November 14, 2013
4:30 - 5:45 p.m.
Decision Center for a Desert City, Lecture Rm 175
21 E. 6th St., Tempe
(light refreshments will be provided)

Arts & Humanities in Sustainability Series  

Monday-Friday, September 16-20, 2013
Río Canción Exhibition
Julie Anand
Opening reception: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Step Gallery
Arizona State University, Tempe campus

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Río Canción: Sustainability Education through Art
Julie Anand
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
RSVP

Monday, September 23, 2013
Endeavor Series: Wolves, Cattle, Humans: Art, Science, and Persuasion in the Gila National Forest
Marina Zurkow and Christie Leece
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
RSVP

Friday, September 27-28, 2013
Sustainability Stories with the Solar Sewing Rover
Paul Nosa
Friday, September 27, 2013
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, Breezeway
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
RSVP

Friday, September 27, 2013
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
ASU Art Museum
Arizona State University, Tempe campus

Saturday, September 28, 2013
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
ASU Art Museum
Arizona State University, Tempe campus

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Free Film Screening: Desert Dreams
Post-film discussion with filmmaker Thomas Weiwandt
6:30 p.m. doors open
7:00 p.m. showtime
Harkins Valley Art Theater
RSVP

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?
Alan Weisman
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe
Ticket (admits two) is free when you purchase Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? from Changing Hands Bookstore. Letter groups (printed on top of ticket) will be called at 6:00 p.m. to fill seats and designated standing room. If available, seating and standing room opens to those without tickets at 6:45 p.m.

Monday, October 21, 2013
Responsibility Under a Climate Change Mitigation Regime
Darrel Moellendork, Goeth University Frankfurt
3:00 p.m.
Armstrong Hall 226
Arizona State University, Tempe campus

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Free Film Screening: ELEMENTAL
Post-film discussion with filmmaker Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
6:30 p.m. doors open
7:00 p.m. showtime
Harkins Valley Art Theater
RSVP

Thursday, November 7, 2013
THE NEXT BIG ONE: Animal Infections, Spillover, and the Threat of Pandemic
David Quammen
4:30 p.m. reception
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. lecture
Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV
Arizona State University, Tempe campus

Thursday, November 14, 2013
Endeavor Series: Binderless UF PF Free Structural Panels
Christine Lee and John Hunt
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Location TBD

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Sustainability Themes in Art: From Global Politics to Local Activism
Joan Baron
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus

The Arts and Humanities in Sustainability Series is co-sponsored by ASU's Institute for Humanities ResearchASU Art Museum, and Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. The goal of this new series is to demonstrate the impact the arts and humanities have on sustainability.

Sustainability Series

Lt. Gen. Norman Seip



Lt. Gen. Norman Seip

  • Air Force Lieutenant General (ret)
  • 12th Air Force Commander, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

As Commander, General Seip oversaw Air Force assets, five forward-operating locations, and civil and military engagements in Central/South America and the Caribbean. He was a command pilot in support of operations Southern Watch, Northern Watch, and Iraqi Freedom. As the Deputy Combined Forces Air Component Commander for US Central Command, Seip had a direct impact in supporting combat operations in Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. He currently serves on the Executive Advisory Council of Mission Readiness: Military Leaders for Kids, a bipartisan organization of 140 retired senior military leaders.

In this talk, General Seip will discuss sustainability initiatives at the Department of Defense, the world's largest institutional consumer of fossil fuels. From Afghanistan to Fort Huachuca, the Department is aggressively shrinking its carbon footprint and moving toward biofuels, solar, and other renewable energies.

Following the talk, Sustainability Scientist (and director of the film Carbon Nation) Peter Byck will moderate a question-and-answer session.

Parking is available at the Apache Parking Structure.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
8:45 - 10:15 a.m.
Memorial Union, Pima Room
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(breakfast will be served)

Sustainability Series

Larky Hodges



Larky Hodges

  • Climate Reality Leader

Convincing deniers that climate change is real and mainly due to mankind’s use of fossil fuels is a challenge. This talk will explore a new tactic: personalizing climate change. What things do you love most? How will they be endangered by rapid climate change? Building upon lessons learned from Al Gore’s Climate Reality training. Larky Hodges will share her own conversation starters, while encouraging the audience to build personal approaches to build consensus on this seminal issue of our age.

Larky Hodges is a local climate activist, green-living consultant, and storyteller.

Thursday, November 7, 2013
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus

Sustainability Series

Susanne C. Moser



Susanne C. Moser

  • Director, Susanne Moser Research & Consulting; Social Science Research Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University

What does "successful" adaptation to climate change look like? Answers to this question are a pressing need for the regional, national, and global communities. Drawing upon case examples, this presentation promises illustrative insights, but no simple answers.

Moser is an internationally recognized expert on adaptation, communication, and science-policy interactions. She has contributed to IPCC, US, and regional climate-change assessments. Moser has been recognized as a fellow of the Aldo Leopold Leadership, Kavli Frontiers of Science, UCAR Leadership, Donella Meadows Leadership, and Google Science Communication programs.

Thursday, October 31, 2013
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Mohave Room, Memorial Union
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(lunch will be provided)

Sustainability Series

Xavier Labandeira



Xavier Labandeira

  • Professor of Economics, University of Vigo
    Director, Economics for Energy

Labandeira's research focuses upon public economics, energy economics, and environmental economics, and his work has been published in the leading academic journals of his field. He is a lead author in Working Group III of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report on climate-change mitigation, due to be published in 2014. Labandeira is also the founding director of Economics for Energy, a research center that generates and disseminates rigorous, neutral, and useful knowledge to the different actors involved in Spanish energy policy.

In this talk, Labandeira describes Spanish policies to promote renewable energy, assessing their effectiveness within a wider energy and public-policy context.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(refreshments will be provided)

Sustainability Series

Karen Bradshaw Schulz



Karen Bradshaw Schulz

  • Associate Professor of Law
    Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

In this talk, Bradshaw will discuss greenwash, which occurs when companies advertise that they are “green” or “sustainable” while doing little to actually advance environmental objectives. Increasingly, environmental stakeholders are calling for regulation to disallow greenwash. Schulz will also discuss why a workable policy proposal for doing so has proven elusive.

Bradshaw researches governance of natural resources, with an emphasis on emerging regulatory approaches including certification regimes, public-private partnerships, and collaborative settlements. She is an expert on wildfire law and has also written about land development and forest management. Bradshaw received her J.D. with honors from The University of Chicago Law School, where she was a Tony Patino Fellow, Olin Fellow, and comment editor for The University of Chicago Law Review. At the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, she teaches environmental law, natural resources, and contracts.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(lunch will be provided)

Sustainability Series

Yoram Bauman



Yoram Bauman

  • Environmental Economist, Stand-Up Comedian

In this funny and educational talk, Bauman will make a humorous case for reforming our tax system and tackling climate change with a revenue-neutral carbon tax that places higher taxes on fossil fuels and uses the revenue to reduce existing taxes.

Bauman, “the world’s first and only stand-up economist,” performs regularly at colleges and corporate events. He has appeared in TIME Magazine and on PBS and NPR, and co-authored the two-volume Cartoon Introduction to Economics. Bauman has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

University Club, South Room
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(lunch will be provided)

Sustainability Series

Alan Miller

Vladimir Stenek



Alan Miller

  • Principal Climate Change Specialist,Climate Business Group at International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group

Vladimir Stenek

  • Senior Climate Change Specialist, Climate Business Department of the International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group.

In this talk, Stenek and Miller will discuss how the International Finance Corporation (IFC), private sector arm of the World Bank Group, works with international partners to catalyze resources and help business fill financing and knowledge gaps so they can help to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Miller has authored reports on climate financing, climate policy and environmental regulation. Stenek leads the IFC’s Climate Risk and Adaptation Program, along with other initiatives related to climate change and development.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Breakfast – 8:30 a.m.
Presentation – 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(breakfast will be served)



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