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Systemic Risk and Opportunity: Alternative Realities in Social and Ecological Systems

Sustainability Series Biodiversity Outcomes
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Simon Levin

  • James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor, Princeton University

Ecologist Simon Levin began his career at Cornell University and has since worked at Princeton for 27 years. Levin also served as a president for the Ecological Society of America and, in 2014, received the National Medal of Science.

Phase transitions between distinct states are common throughout our world,...

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Global Futures Special Seminar: Can We Sustainably Feed the World in 2050? Yes We Can, But It Won't be Easy

Global Futures
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
2:00 - 3:00 p..m.

Mark Bernstein

  • Director, Proteus Environmental Technologies

The general consensus is that we will struggle to feed the world by 2050, and it would be made more difficult if we shift to more sustainable agriculture. In this talk Bernstein will provide a high-level overview of the key issues and problems in food and why the problem is...

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Risks and Opportunities: Can We Improve Water Quality and Reduce Catastrophic Flooding in the Cape Fear River Watershed, North Carolina Under Ongoing Climate Change?

Biodiversity Outcomes
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
12:15 - 1:15 p.m.

Danica Schaffer-Smith

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes

Danica is a current NatureNet Science Fellow examining the use of nature-based strategies to address nutrient pollution and flooding in eastern North Carolina using remote sensing and watershed modelling methods, in collaboration with the Nature Conservancy North Carolina.

The Cape Fear River Watershed has been visited by three...

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How the Humanities Can Save the Planet: Paradise Lost

Environmental Humanities
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Reception at 5:00 p.m.
Talks begins at 5:30 p.m.

Sir Jonathan Bate

  • Professor and Provost of Worcester College, Oxford University

Sir Jonathan Bate is an acclaimed biographer, broadcaster, critic, and Shakespearean scholar from Oxford University.

In almost every culture of the world, there is a myth of how there once was a time when humankind lived at one with the natural environment until a “fall” divided us from our...

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Brown Bag: Writing Op-Eds

Sustainability@ASU
Thursday, January 17, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Mary Hoff

  • Journalism Fellow, ASU Media Relations
  • Editor in Chief, Ensia

Join ASU Media Relations Journalism Fellow Mary Hoff for a brown bag lunch -- come and go as you are able, bring your own lunch -- open to sustainability scientists, scholars and students.

Mary Hoff is editor in chief of Ensia. An award-winning science communicator, she...

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Invisible Wild

Biodiversity Outcomes
Thursday, January 17, 2019
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Arian Wallach

  • Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Compassionate Conservation Faculty of Science, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

A significant proportion of the Earth’s biodiversity has been erased, not from the world, but from our collective depiction of nature. Join us for a brown-bag lunch talk on compassionate conservation.

Arian Wallach's research combines ecological science with ethics to promote compassionate approaches to conservation. she aims to develop, apply,...

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Can Humans and Insects Thrive, Share, and Save the Earth?

Global Locust Initiative Biodiversity Outcomes
Thursday, January 17, 2019
3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

Yoram Yerushalmi

  • Head of the Israel Center for the Expression of Beneficial Insect
  • Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Biology, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology

In past centuries, insects were considered pests, endangering agricultural and human health. Humans tried to eradicate those pests, using an impressive and ever-evolving arsenal of physical, chemical, and biological tools.

At the dawn of the 20th century, it was clear that, while humans may have won a few battles, we lost...

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Celebrating Success with Dropworks

LightWorks
Thursday, January 17, 2019
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Chris Perkins

  • CEO and Chairman of Dropworks, Inc.

Chris Perkins is the CEO and Chairman of Dropworks, Inc., which he founded with academic partners from Arizona State University in 2016.

Prior to leading Dropworks, Chris worked in the renewable energy space. He founded Copernican Energy in 2006 to develop solar-based approaches to biofuel production, which he sold to Sundrop...

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Cleaning it Up: Making America Beautiful Again

Sustainability Series
Friday, January 18, 2019
3:30 - 4:45 p.m.

David Baron

  • Managing Attorney, Earthjustice

David Baron is an attorney with the nation's largest environmental-law organization – Earthjustice. Before joining the nonprofit in 1999, Baron was a litigator and taught environmental law at the University of Arizona College of Law, ASU's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, and Tulane Law School.

In...

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Free Film Screening: Happy

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Film starts at 7:00 p.m.

Does money bring happiness? Kids and family? Your work? Do you live in a world that values and promotes happiness and well-being? Are we in the midst of a happiness revolution?

Roko Belic, director of the Academy Award® nominated “Genghis Blues” now brings us Happy, an award-winning documentary that...

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Brown Bag: Talking to Reporters

Sustainability@ASU
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Mary Hoff

  • Journalism Fellow, ASU Media Relations
  • Editor in Chief, Ensia

Join ASU Media Relations Journalism Fellow Mary Hoff for a brown bag lunch -- come and go as you are able, bring your own lunch -- open to sustainability scientists, scholars and students.

Mary Hoff is editor in chief of Ensia. An award-winning science communicator, she...

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Dispelling the Myths of Affordable and Workforce Housing

Stardust
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
8:30 a.m. - networking breakfast
9:00 a.m. - discussion and Q&A

The Phoenix metro area suffers from a growing shortage of both affordable and workforce housing. This issue is complicated, multifaceted and often misunderstood. Join us for a robust discussion with panelists who bring a wide and deep knowledge of affordable and workforce housing and the positive impacts that quality housing...

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How the Humanities Can Save the Planet: The End of the World As We Know It

Environmental Humanities
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
7:00 - 8:15 p.m.

Sir Jonathan Bate

  • Professor and Provost of Worcester College, Oxford University

Sir Jonathan Bate is an acclaimed biographer, broadcaster, critic, and Shakespearean scholar from Oxford University.

In almost every culture of the world, there is a myth of how one day, a time of catastrophe will come when some powerful force precipitates an apocalypse that will bring an end to...

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How the Humanities Can Save the Planet: Living Sustainably

Environmental Humanities
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.

Sir Jonathan Bate

  • Professor and Provost of Worcester College, Oxford University

Sir Jonathan Bate is an acclaimed biographer, broadcaster, critic, and Shakespearean scholar from Oxford University.

In addressing our current climate crisis, we need not only scientists to propose technological fixes, but artists and humanities scholars to offer images of a more sustainable way of life. In his talk, Bate...

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The 8 Attributes of Successful Sustainability Leadership

Sustainability Series
Monday, February 25, 2019
3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

Bob Langert

  • Retired McDonald’s VP of CSR & Sustainability

Bob Langert is widely known as a CSR (Corporate-Social Responsibility) subject matter expert and leader, and is the author of The Battle To Do Good: Inside McDonald’s Sustainability Journey.

In his talk, Langert will discuss McDonald’s turbulent journey to try to be a responsible company over the past three...

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