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Urban Garden Tour: Beautifying Spaces with Vertical Gardens

Saturday, September 21, 2019
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Alex Billingsley

  • Owner and Inventor of Flower Street Urban Gardens

Please join us for a tour of Flower Street Urban Gardens lead by Alex Billingsley, it's owner and creator of an innovative vertical gardening system.

This Urban Garden Tour follows Alex Billingsley's Urban Garden Talk on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. If you would like to register for the talk,...

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Talking Climate: Bridging the Divides

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Doors Open: 6:30 p.m.
Talk Begins: 7:00 p.m

Katharine Hayhoe

  • Atmospheric Scientist
  • Director, Climate Science Center, Texas Tech University
  • Founder/CEO, ATMOS Research

Katharine Hayhoe is a leading climate scientist, professor of political science, and is well-known for engaging diverse communities, including Evangelicals, in the climate change movement. She was just named “UN Champion of the Earth,” the United Nations highest environmental honor, for her "stalwart commitment to quantifying...

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Global Futures Special Seminar: The Snow Leopard Project and Other Adventures in Warzone Conservation

Thursday, September 26, 2019
Talk: 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Book Signing: 1:15 - 1:45 p.m.

Alex Dehgan

  • CEO, Conservation X Labs
  • Professor of Practice & Global Futures Fellow, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

Post-war Afghanistan is fragile, volatile, and perilous, but also a place of extraordinary beauty. Evolutionary biologist Alex Dehgan arrived there in 2006 to build the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Afghanistan Program and protect Afghanistan’s unique and extraordinary environment, which had been decimated after decades of war.


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The Five-Billion Ton Gorilla – Facing the True Scale of the Climate Challenge

Thursday, September 26, 2019
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Michael A. Tamor

  • School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University
  • Henry Ford Technical Fellow, Energy Systems and Sustainability
  • Ford Motor Company (retired)

Evidence that humans are the main driver of climate change is overwhelming. As declared in the 2015 Paris Accords, the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change recommended that we achieve carbon-neutrality by 2070 to avert climate catastrophe. Now political candidates in the US tout ‘plans’ to eliminate...

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CPCESU Special Seminar: Accessing Funding and Partners for Cooperative Research at National Parks and Other Federal Lands

Friday, September 27, 2019
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Todd Chaudhry

  • National Park Service Research Coordinator, Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit

Faculty, researchers, and students....learn about the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units Network, a national consortium of federal agencies, universities, and other partners working together to support informed public trust resource stewardship. Arizona State University’s membership in the Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CPCESU) enables faculty to collaborate with 10...

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The Whole Community: Managing Heat as a Critical Hazard

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Vjollca Berisha

  • Senior Epidemiologist, Maricopa County Department of Public Health, Office of Epidemiology

Braden Kay

  • Sustainability Director, City of Tempe

Jennifer Vanos

  • Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability

Brian Gerber (Moderator)

  • Co-Director, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program

Heat is increasingly recognized as a critical hazard globally – and here in the Phoenix metro area. This fall’s panel discussion series aims to understand heat as hazard and the state of current and best practices for local governments in mitigating heat risk for a sustainable quality of life and...

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Collective Impact and Regional Centers of Expertise

Thursday, October 3, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Kim Smith

  • Professor, Portland Community College Sylvania

Kim Smith, PhD is the co-founder of the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN), a UNU Regional Center of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development. In addition, she has represented the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the US Partnership for ESD, and United...

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The Big Five: Fighting for Animals on All Fronts

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Kitty Block

  • President & CEO of the Humane Society of the United States
  • CEO of Humane Society International

Kitty Block has worked with the Humane Society since 1992, first as a legal investigator to the investigations department, bringing cruelties such as horse slaughter and the killing of dogs and cats for their fur in China to light. Her efforts led to major policy reforms in those...

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Arizona Riparian Council Series: Water in Arizona: Past, Present, Future

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Paul Hirt

  • School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, Arizona State University

Water is Arizona’s most precious resource, yet few people know where their water comes from, who provides it, how its quality is assured, or how secure future water supplies are for the state’s 6 million residents. A billboard near Roosevelt Dam on the Salt River proclaimed in the 1960s: “Arizona...

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School of Sustainability Alumni - Community Garden Maintenance & Harvest

Saturday, October 12, 2019
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 Alumni Monthly Community Garden Harvest Day!

Help us give back to the community of Tempe by putting in a couple hours of yard work at...

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Free Film Screening: Bag It

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Doors Open at 6:30 p.m.
Film Begins at 7:00 p.m.

Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes -- single-use bags that we mindlessly throw away without knowing the true environmental and human costs. The film Bag It follows "everyman" Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic world, discovering that virtually everything in modern society is made with plastic or...

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Agents of Change: Futures of Hope, Futures of Concern

Thursday, October 24, 2019
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Friday, October 25, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

A Planetary Management Series Symposium

Agents of Change brings together humanists and social scientists to discuss ways in which thinking about human agency is central to addressing environmental and other challenges that lie ahead of us. Panels, posters, a keynote lecture and installations on issues as diverse as ethics, food, water,...

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Why Most Vegans Are Ex-Vegans

Thursday, November 14, 2019
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

  • Bestselling Author, Podcaster, and Cultural Commentator

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s compassionate living philosophy is propelling plant-based eating into the mainstream and forever changing how we regard animals. A recognized expert and thought leader on the culinary, social, ethical, and practical aspects of living compassionately and healthfully, her newest book, The Joyful Vegan: How to...

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