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Fall Dialogue Series: Allies for the Anthropocene


Gary Dirks

  • Director, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • August 31, 2017

Nancy B. Grimm

  • Professor, School of Life Sciences
  • September 21, 2017

Ellen B. Stechel

  • Professor of Practice and Deputy Director ASU LightWorks®
  • October 26, 2017

Steve Desch

  • Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration
  • December 7, 2017

A monthly conversation about thriving in the Anthropocene, featuring innovative thought leaders from ASU and beyond,

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Navigating the Anthropocene

Thursday, August 31, 2017
Refreshments from 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Dialogue from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Gary Dirks

  • Director, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Dr. Gary Dirks is director of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, and director of LightWorks®, an Arizona State University initiative that capitalizes on ASU's strengths in solar energy and other light-inspired research. He is also the Julie Ann Wrigley Chair of Sustainable Practices and a professor of...

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Cinema Politica Free Film Screening: The Hand That Feeds

Sustainability@ASU Food Systems
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Film starts: 6:30 p.m.
Post-film discussion: 7:45 - 8:15 p.m.

The Hand That Feeds follows a shy sandwich-maker as he unites his undocumented immigrant coworkers to fight abusive conditions at a popular New York restaurant chain. The epic power struggle that ensues turns a single city block into a battlefield in America’s new wage wars.

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Affordable Housing, Health, and Happiness in Arizona: Barriers and Opportunities

Sustainability Series
Thursday, September 7, 2017
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Scott Cloutier

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Assistant Professor in the School of Sustainability

Deirdre Pfeiffer

  • Associate Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

Val Iverson

  • Executive Director of Arizona Housing Coalition

Meagan Ehlenz

  • Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Assistant Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

In this talk, experts Scott Cloutier, Deirdre Pfeiffer, Val Iverson and Meagan Ehlenz will offer insights and unravel myths on affordable housing in Arizona. The conversation will touch on the interlinkages between affordable housing, wellbeing, happiness, community and connection. Following the discussion,...

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Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Global Systems Evaluation

Sustainability Series
Thursday, September 14, 2017
4:30 - 5:45 p.m.

Michael Quinn Patton

  • Expert & Consultant, Utilization-Focused Evaluation; Author, Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use

How can we measure impact in complex, global scale projects that grapple with climate change, terrorism, human rights, public health, or energy transitions? Traditional evaluation, in terms of standardized goals, rigid models and constraining rules, often impedes leadership and adaptability when we are responding to a rapidly changing world. Mechanistic...

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The State of Sustainability Operations @ ASU

September 20, 2017
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Arizona State University continues to be a leader in sustainability in higher education, most recently rated third in the world and second in the U.S. using the Sustainability Tracking and Reporting System (STARS) from the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Join ASU’s...

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Free Film Screening: Viva La Verde

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Doors Open: 6:30
Film Starts: 7:00 p.m.

Viva la Verde explores the past, present and future of Arizona rivers, using the foremost surviving perennial river in Arizona, The Verde River, as a case study. This film sends a strong message of stewardship for wildlife, rivers, and water resources, and offers clear, solution-driven opportunities for citizens to get...

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Urban Garden Talk: Arizona Microgreens

Sustainability Series Food Systems
Thursday, October 19, 2017
6:00 - 7:15 p.m.

Joseph Martinez

  • Co-founder, Arizona Microgreens

Arizona Microgreens, founded by brothers Joseph Martinez and David Redwood, produces organically-grown microgreens for individuals and restaurants throughout Arizona. Located within the greenhouse at the Brooks Community School, Arizona Microgreens operates as a social enterprise that creates employment opportunities for the local community and contributes to the financial...

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Urban Garden Tour: Arizona Microgreens

Sustainability Series
Saturday, October 21, 2017
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Joseph Martinez

  • Co-founder, Arizona Microgreens

In addition to the Urban Garden Talk with Arizona Microgreens, we will offer a tour of the greenhouse where the microgreens are produced. Microgreens are vegetables and herbs grown for just a few weeks, and Arizona Microgreens uses an organic and natural process on their crops. The microgreens...

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School of Sustainability Community Garden Maintenance & Harvest

School of Sustainability Sustainability@ASU
Saturday, August 12, 2017
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Interested in gardening? Want a way to contribute to your community? Interested in meeting fun, sustainability-oriented people? Then join us for the School of Sustainability Monthly Community Garden Harvest Day!

Feel free to drop by during any part of the timeframe. You do not need to be there the entire...

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PERC Solar Development and Manufacturing

Thursday, August 3, 2017
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Qi Wang

  • Chief Scientist, Jinko Solar

Recently the standard back surface field (BSF) p-type monocrystalline silicon solar cells were significantly replaced by the passivated emitter rear contact (PERC) solar cells in large volume. PERC solar cells appear successfully migrating from lab’s development to factory manufacturing. The story is unfolded with solutions of passivated-layer equipment for mass...

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Cinema Politica Free Film Screening: A Right to Eat

Sustainability@ASU Food Systems
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Tour of CO+HOOTS: 6:15 p.m. (Optional)
Film starts: 6:30 p.m.
Post-film discussion: 7:45 - 8:15 p.m.

A Right to Eat follows regular families, living in northern Manitoba, in their fight to put healthy food on the table. A deeply intimate look at the frightening realities of food insecurity faced by two of Canada's most isolated northern First Nation communities and their courageous battle against hunger, disease,...

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Cities on the Leading Edge of Resilience Webinar

Professional Training Sustainability@ASU
Thursday, July 13, 2017
1:15 - 2:45 p.m. EDT (10:15 - 11:45 a.m. AZ)

Lauren Withycombe Keeler

  • Moderator
  • Assistant Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University

Shafaq Choudry

  • Leadership in Community Resilience, National League of Cities

Braden Kay

  • Sustainability Manager, City of Tempe, Arizona
  • Senior Sustainability Fellow, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University

Cooper Martin

  • Program Director, Sustainable Cities Institute, National League of Cities

The private sector and all levels of government are embracing resilience as a holistic, proactive framework to reduce risk, improve services, adapt to changing conditions, and empower citizens. In 2016, the National League of Cities (NLC) launched a Leadership in Community Resilience program to help elected officials, city staff, and...

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