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The Whole Community: Mitigation and Disaster Recovery

Sustainability Series
Monday, March 18, 2019
1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Allison Boyd

  • Levee Project Manager, Multnomah County; Urban Planner, Community Sustainability and Disaster Resiliency

Corey Hawkey

  • Assistant Director, University Sustainability Practices, Arizona State University

Rudy Perez

  • Senior Planner, Maricopa County Emergency Management

Hans Silberschlag

  • Former Assistant Fire Chief and Fire Marshall, Tempe Fire Medical Rescue; Chair, Fire Science and EMT Department, Mesa Community College

Melanie Gall (Moderator)

  • Co-Director, Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Arizona State University

Join us at the second of three panel discussions on local emergency management across all phases – preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. This panel of county, municipal and university experts will discuss best practices for local-governments, who engage with the community in planning for disaster recovery and mitigation as well...

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Be the Ten Percent

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Patrick McWhortor

  • President & CEO, Cosanti Foundation/Arcosanti

Patrick McWhortor is an Arizona change agent, who has founded and led many local and national nonprofit organizations and served on many nonprofit boards. He has a passion for building community, developing innate leadership, and living holistically with nature.

Thirty years ago, management guru Peter Drucker declared nonprofits to be the...

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Free Film Screening: Point of No Return

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Film starts at 7:00 p.m.

Soaring at 28,000 feet without a drop of fuel, nothing is predictable. Not the weather, not the technology. And certainly not the fate of a man, alone for five days in a fragile, first-of-its-kind aircraft with nothing but ocean below.

Point of No Return takes you behind the...

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The Renewable Energy Transition in Germany

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Kathrin Goldammer

  • Managing Director, Reiner Lemoine Institute

The Federal Republic of Germany has drastically transformed its energy system over the last 20 years. From a lignite and hard coal-producing nuclear energy country, Germany now holds a renewable energy portfolio of around 100 Gigawatts of wind and solar PV. The talk explores the drivers for this transformation and...

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Sustainability Plus - Beyond the Environment

Sustainability Series
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

LeRoy Hollenbeck

  • Director Social Responsibility and Community Development, Freeport McMoRan

LeRoy Hollenbeck has decades of international development experience, as he has worked with national, regional and local authorities on strengthening capacity of local institutions, developing agricultural systems, and managing the local environment to combat climate change.

In his talk, Hollenbeck will discuss his time working in international development arena and the...

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Disaster Refuge: Displaced Persons in an Age of Accelerated Climate Change

Environmental Humanities
Thursday, March 21, 2019
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

María Cristina García

  • Howard A. Newman Professor of American Studies, Department of History, Cornell University

María Cristina García, a 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellow, is the author of several books on immigration, refugee, and asylum policy. She is currently completing a book about climate refugees.

Migration experts forecast that, by 2050, hundreds of millions of people will be displaced from their homes because of...

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13th International Congress of Orthopterology

Conferences Global Locust Initiative
Sunday-Thursday, March 24-28, 2019

The International Congress on Orthopterology is an interdisciplinary platform for the presentation of new advances and research results in all aspects of orthopterology. For the first time, the Congress will take place in Africa, under the sub-title "Challenges in front of Climatic and Environmental Changes." The Orthopterists’ Society hosts the...

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Solar Fuels, Hydrogen Production, and Power using Concentrating Solar in Australia

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Dietmar Tourbier

  • Director, Australian Solar Thermal Research Institute (ASTRI)

Robbie McNaughton

  • Team Leader, Solar Thermal Processes at CSIRO

Australia has world-class solar resources but has yet to take advantage of this potential energy source. The Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative (ASTRI) is led by the CSIRO and has six partner universities. Through highly targeted research programs, ASTRI aims to deliver the next wave of cost reductions for solar...

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We Are What We Eat: Teaching Slow Food Values in a Fast Food Culture

Wrigley Lecture Series Future of Food
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
2:30 p.m. Doors Open
3:00 - 4:15 p.m. Lecture
4:15 - 5:00 p.m. Reception & Book Signing

Alice Waters

  • Chef, Restaurateur, Activist and Author

Famed chef Alice Waters is the founder and owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California. She has been a champion of local sustainable agriculture for over four decades. In 1995 Waters founded the Edible Schoolyard Project, which advocates for free school lunches for all...

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Global Locust Initiative Data Management Workshop at International Congress of Orthopterology

Global Locust Initiative
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
4:30 - 6:30 p.m. (Morocco)

If you are attending the 13th International Congress of Orthopterology in Agadir, Morocco this year, please join our Global Locust Initiative hosted workshop: Locust and Grasshopper Data Management in the Information Age. The workshop will take place on Wednesday the 27th of March from 4:30–6:30 p.m. at the...

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The Sustainability Opportunity: 3-Day Professional Certificate

School of Sustainability Professional Training
Thursday-Saturday, March 28-30, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Earn a Professional Certificate in Sustainability Strategy from ASU’s School of Sustainability and W.P. Carey School of Business.

This course is designed for mid-career professionals in the private sector who want to create a decided advantage in the marketplace by reorienting their abilities. The program will focus on the organizational opportunities...

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Public Housing: Transformed and Preserved

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Gloria Muñoz

  • Executive Director, Housing Authority of Maricopa County

Gloria Muñoz brings over 38 years of experience in program design, public/private financing, real-estate acquisition/management to develop, operate, and provide services for people experiencing housing issues. She is passionate about creating housing solutions because of her own early childhood experiences.

In this talk, Muñoz will discuss her life's work...

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Toward a Sustainable Future: More Management, Less Technology

Sustainability Series
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Ricardo Aguirre

  • Founder, Holistic Engineering and Land Management, Inc.

Degraded land (desertification) occurs in an ecosystem out of balance, where both water and nutrient cycles have become ineffective. To mitigate these symptoms, engineers continue to use “Band-Aid” strategies that adversely impact the environment while imposing high initial and reoccurring costs.

In contrast, Ricardo Aguirre aims to integrate natural...

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