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Natural Capital in China

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Shi Han

  • Assistant Professor, City University of Hong Kong and Visiting Scholar, ASU’s School of Sustainability

Shi Han is an industrial ecologist who examines the application of eco-industrial development and the circular economy and their implications for resource efficiency and climate change in China. He consults for the UN, Asian Development Bank, World Bank, European Commission, AusAID, and multinational companies. He’s the founding director...

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Free Film Screening: Radical Grace

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Doors open 6:30 p.m.
Film begins at 7:00 p.m.

Radical Grace

When the Vatican reprimands US nuns—citing their “radical feminism”—three fearless women risk their place in the Catholic Church to follow another higher calling: social justice.

One sister takes on Church patriarchy, another finds hope in the former prisoners she counsels, and the third launches a cross-country "Nuns on the Bus"...

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Sustainability Solutions Festival’s Family Day

Walton Sustainability Solutions
Monday, February 15, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Spark your family’s imagination and discover how you can make your community a better place for years to come during the Sustainability Solutions Festival’s third annual Family Day at Arizona Science Center. Along with Arizona Science Center’s engaging exhibits, ASU and its community partners host special interactive, hands-on activities for...

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World Religions Respond to the Environmental Crisis

Walton Sustainability Solutions
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Doors open 4:00 p.m.
Talk begins 4:30 p.m.

Mary Evelyn Tucker

  • Co-Director, Yale Forum for Religion and Ecology
  • Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the Divinity School, Yale University

Mary Evelyn Tucker is a leader in the emerging field of religion and ecology, having organized 10 conferences at Harvard on the world religions and the environment. Based at Yale, she has written or edited many books on this topic, most recently Ecology and Religion with co-author John Grim.


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Zero Food Waste Forum

Walton Sustainability Solutions
Friday, February 19, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

In the United States alone 40 percent of our food is wasted. To address this issue, the Zero Food Waste Forum welcomes participants to collaborate and learn from expert advocates such as Jordan Figueiredo, founder of and Zero Food Waste Forum. Discover how to ignite change and...

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Sustival Day of Service

Walton Sustainability Solutions
Saturday, February 20, 2016
8:00 a.m. – Noon

The Sustival Day of Service connects volunteers to projects that help make more resilient, vibrant and sustainable communities across the Valley of the Sun. During the Sustival Day of Service, community members engage with non profits to make a direct impact right where they live and work. Various valleywide locations...

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AZ Thrives: A Sustainability Summit for Arizona’s Minority and Small Business Leaders

Walton Sustainability Solutions
Monday, February 22, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

AZ Thrives is a business conference for Arizona’s minority and small business leaders that is focused on the concept of the circular economy. The event aims to not only educate Arizona business leaders on sustainability in business, but also to create change agents through meaningful connections within the community. AZ...

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Conservation International Special Event with Dr. M. Sanjayan

Walton Sustainability Solutions
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Dr. M. Sanjayan

  • Executive V.P. and Senior Scientist, Conservation International

In a world of seven billion humans, can wild nature continue to exist? The environmental movement has long been dominated by a Western philosophy that sees humans as separate from and detrimental to nature. While great strides have been made in the past few decades, most scientists agree that conservation...

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GreenBiz University

Walton Sustainability Solutions
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Noon – 5:00 p.m.

GreenBiz University is an extension of the GreenBiz 16 conference, held at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus. Through the Sustainability Solutions Festival’s partnership with GreenBiz, we are able to recruit top-notch speakers in sustainability to engage with the ASU community.

Speakers include Dame Ellen MacArthur, Ari Kobb (director of Sustainability and...

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Climate Change and Energy: How Can Justice be Achieved for Young People and Nature?

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Doors open at 4:30 p,m.
Wrigley Lecture: 5:00 - 6:15 p.m

James Hansen

  • Former Director, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
  • Adjunct Professor, Columbia University's Earth Institute

Renowned climate scientist James Hansen was legendary during his long career as NASA’s chief climatologist for being ahead of the curve on seeing the threat of catastrophic climate change.

Hansen was elected to the National Academy of Sciences for his pioneering radiative transfer models and studies of planetary atmospheres; developing...

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Local to Global Justice Forum & Festival

Walton Sustainability Solutions
Friday-Sunday, February 26-28, 2016

Each year, Local to Global Justice presents the Forum & Festival, a two-day annual event that seeks to connect local diversity, sustainability, social justice and human rights issues to larger global struggles. This event provides an outstanding space for the sharing of experiences and knowledge between scholars and activists working...

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The Humane Economy

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Pre-Talk Reception: 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Wrigley Talk: 6:15 - 7:30 p.m.

Wayne Pacelle

  • President and CEO, Humane Society of the US

Wayne Pacelle leads the nation’s largest and most effective animal-protection organization. He has helped pass more than 1,000 state laws to advance the organization’s mission and negotiated agreements with dozens of the nation’s biggest corporations from McDonald’s to Armani. Pacelle is a New York Times bestselling author who writes for...

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Your Next Meal: Where Nature and Culture Intersect

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, April 14, 2016
9:30 a.m. - Doors Open
10:00 a.m. - Wrigley Talk

Michael Pollan

  • Best-Selling Author and Sustainable Food Advocate

Named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine, Michael Pollan writes about the places where nature and culture intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in the built environment. He is the author of five New York...

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DCDC Water/Climate Briefing: Regional Comparative Evaluation of Sustainable Water Management Strategies

Decision Center for a Desert City
Thursday, February 4, 2016
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Ross Maciejewski

  • IPA 3 Co-Lead, Assistant Professor School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering

Chris Meenan

  • Economic Analyst, Las Vegas Valley Water District

Ray Quay

  • IPA 3 Co-Lead, Research Professional, Decision Center for a Desert City

David Sampson

  • IPA 3 Co-Lead, Research Scientist, Decision Center for a Desert City

Dave White

  • Moderator and Director, Decision Center for a Desert City

Simulations, Visual Analytics, and Scenarios

The Decision Center for a Desert City (DCDC) at ASU is entering its third phase of use-inspired sustainability science on decision making under climatic, biophysical, and societal uncertainties. DCDC III research will be carried out in four Integrated Project Areas (IPA).

IPA 3 will use simulation modeling and...

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Twenty-Five Years of Designing and Implementing Wildlife Corridors

Biodiversity Outcomes
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Paul Beier, PhD

  • Regents' Professor of Conservation Biology
    Northern Arizona University

In 1990, Paul Beier documented that young cougars find and use habitat corridors between mountain ranges in urbanized southern California. Since then, he has specialized in science-based design of wildlife corridors and activism for conserving them.

Join Beier as he examines how regional maps of wildlife corridors documented for California,...

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On Behalf of Nature: Ecological Artwork

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
12:00 - 1:15 p.m

Meredith Monk

  • Artistic Director of the House Foundation; founder of Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble; Composer, Singer, Director/Choreographer

A pioneer in "extended vocal technique" and "interdisciplinary performance," Meredith Monk creates works that thrive at the intersection of music and movement, image and object, light and sound. Her groundbreaking exploration of the voice as an instrument, as an eloquent language in and of itself, expands the boundaries of musical...

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Revolutions that Made the Earth

Sustainability Series
Thursday, January 21, 2016
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Tim Lenton

  • Chair of Climate Change/Earth System Science
    University of Exeter, UK

Earth system scientist Tim Lenton is the co-author, along with Andrew Watson, of Revolutions that Made the Earth, a book he considers an antidote to the current string of depressing and apocalyptic books about climate change.

His work identifying the tipping elements in the climate system won the Times...

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Case Critical: Postcards from Paris

Case Critical
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
1:30 p.m - 3:30 p.m

Manjana Milkoreit

  • Senior Sustainability Fellow; Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Jeffrey Swofford

  • PhD Student, School of Sustainability

Daniel Bodansky

  • Foundation Professor of Law, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law; Faculty Co-Director, Center for Law and Global Affairs

Sonja Klinsky

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist and Assistant Professor at the School of Sustainability

In December 2015, governments of the world met in Paris and adopted an arguably game-changing international agreement on climate change. In this Case-Critical discussion, four ASU experts who attended the historic climate negotiations discuss what happened at COP21, what they were doing while they were there, what they consider...

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CAP LTER Eighteenth Annual All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium

Friday, January 15, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Peter Groffman

  • Keynote Speaker
  • Professor, City University of New York Advanced Science Research Center and Brooklyn College

8:00 a.m. Registration, coffee, and tea

8:40 a.m. Keynote presentation: Baltimore, Phoenix and the Emergence of Long-Term Ecological Research in Cities — Peter Groffman, Professor, City University of New York Advanced Science Research Center and Brooklyn College

9:40 a.m. Recent Work by CAP’s Affiliated Programs and Partners

11:00 a.m. Poster Session #1

12:30 p.m....

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Free Film Screening: Dog by Dog

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Doors open 6:30 p.m.
Film begins at 7:00 p.m.

Dog By Dog

The documentary Dog by Dog aims to wake up the American public to the realities of puppy-mill industry. While many documentaries have exposed the public to the underworld of puppy mills, missing from the public discussion has been an examination of the umbrella of monetary support that has sentenced...

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Urban Gardens Talk & Tour Finale

Sustainability Series
Thursday, December 3, 2015
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Justin Rohner

  • CEO and Founder, Agriscaping Technologies

Darren Chapman

  • CEO and Founder, TigerMountain Foundation

Ken Singh

  • Owner and Operator, Singh Farms

To wrap up our Urban Garden Talk & Tour series, join visionary farmers Justin Rohner, Darren Chapman, and Ken Singh as they share their varying perspectives on urban yards, gardens, and farms.

Justin Rohner has always been a bit of an innovator, an artist, and an entrepreneur. He was recently named one...

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