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Free Film Screening: Trashed

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Doors open 6:30 p.m.
Film begins at 7:00 p.m.

The award-winning film Trashed sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem. Each year, we throw away 58 billion disposable cups, billions of plastic bags, 200 billion litres of water bottles, billions of tons of household waste, toxic waste, and e-waste. Filmmaker Candida Brady, along...

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How Traditional Knowledge Can Help Save the Planet

Living Wisdom
Friday, September 11, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Simon Ortiz

  • Regents' Professor of English and American Indian Studies, Arizona State University

Ed Dee

  • Doctoral Student, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

Chris Rainier, Moderator

  • Director, Global Program for Traditional Knowledge and Sustainability, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Walton Sustainability Fellow, Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, Arizona State University

What does traditional ecological knowledge mean? What role can it play in today’s world? Can local traditional knowledge solutions be scaled to a global platform? How do traditional knowledge stories play a role in teaching future generations to treat the planet and all of its elements in a different way?...

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Can Supply Chains Save the World?

Monday, September 14, 2015
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Robin Barr

  • Director, The Forest Trust Americas

International corporations' drive for production and profit are often blamed as the cause of many of the world's environmental and social problems. Could they also be the solution? Over the last 15 years, The Forest Trust (TFT) has been working with international companies on how to use their supply chains to...

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Alternative Transportation Fuels: Real Opportunity or Lost Cause? You Decide!

Sustainability Series
Wednesday, September 16, 2015

John Hofmeister

  • Wrigley Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Founder and CEO, Citizens for Affordable Energy

Hofmeister is the former president of Shell Oil Company, with a 35-year career in the corporate worlds of GE, Nortel, AlliedSignal (now Honeywell International), and Royal Dutch Shell.

Alternative transportation fuels are reaching a critical milestone. Will the promises deliver? Will the powers of the status...

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The Imagination Drought: Speculative Fiction as a Tool of Warning and Empowerment

Walton Sustainability Solutions
Thursday, September 17, 2015
7:30 p.m.

Paolo Bacigalupi

  • New York Times-bestselling author

 In Paolo Bacigalupi’s most recent science fiction novel, The Water Knife, Phoenix is dried up and California and Nevada are not too far behind. The millions of people who rely on the Colorado River to survive are not only thirsty, but fighting for their lives. It’s a compelling story...

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On the Front Lines of Urban Sustainability: Destination, Hong Kong

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Student Leaders of the Hong Kong
Sustainability Experience

  • School of Sustainability Students

Rob Melnick

  • Executive Director
  • Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability/
  • School of Sustainability

Jennifer Carter

  • Project Manager
  • Sustainability Initiatives and Programs
  • Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

A discussion with School of Sustainability students who completed a challenging course in Hong Kong on urban sustainability by working in teams with Chinese students from City University of Hong Kong. Hear their experiences of considering urban sustainability challenges through a new cultural lens. View the posters and policy solutions...

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Urban Gardens Talk & Tour

Sustainability Series Food Systems
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
7:00 p.m.

Justin Rohner

  • CEO and Founder, Agriscaping Technologies

Landscaping Reinvented:
Elegant - Edible - Sustainable

Having started working professionally in landscaping at just 9 years old at a local golf course, Justin Rohner has always been a bit of an innovator, an artist, and an entrepreneur. Justin was recently named one of Arizona's Top Entrepreneurs under 35 by...

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Sustainable Neighborhoods for Happiness Workshop

Walton Sustainability Solutions
Monday, September 28, 2015
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Scott Cloutier

  • Assistant Research Professor, Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives

Dr. Scott Cloutier, his research team and ASU students will work closely with Phoenix metropolitan area residents to identify how their neighborhoods contribute to their happiness. Discussions will also include strategies to promote greater opportunities for happiness in local neighborhoods and methods to organize around these efforts. The goal is...

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Poverty in Tempe: Fact vs. Folklore

Sustainability Series
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
12:00 - 1:15 pm

Bill Epps

  • Executive Director, Tempe Community Action Agency

Sam Sumner

  • Director of Emergency Services, Tempe Community Action Agency

Sandra Mendez

  • Assistant Director, Division of Community Services, Maricopa County Human Services

Kate Hanley

  • Executive Director, Tempe Community Council

Join us for a robust discussion on poverty in Tempe, led by representatives from Tempe's and Maricopa County's human-services organizations. Learn about volunteer opportunities to help our most-vulnerable citizens. 

Please consider bringing a nonperishable food item or bottled water to help those in need. 

Light lunch will be served.

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The Road to Paris: What YOU can do to Influence the UN Climate Talks

Sustainability Series
Thursday, October 1, 2015
10:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Natalie Lucas

  • Executive Director, Care About Climate

Lucas leads an organization that works on climate education, mitigation, and adaptation projects around the world. She has been attending the UN climate talks since 2012 and will be attending the negotiations in Paris.

This December​,​ nations are coming together to finalize a new climate agreement in Paris, France at...

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Free Film Screening: Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Doors open 6:30 p.m.
Film begins at 7:00 p.m.

Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth, and yet, it has become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, siphoning plastics from three distant continents. Please join us for a free film screening of Plastic Paradise, a film that follows journalist/ filmmaker Angela Sun...

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2015 ISQOLS Conference

Walton Sustainability Solutions
Thursday-Saturday, October 15-17, 2015

2015 Quality of Life Conference: The Future of Quality of Life


The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS), along with co-host ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation, invite researchers from all disciplines, policy makers and practitioners from across the globe to participate in the 2015 Quality of Life Conference “The Future of Quality of Life.” Join an...

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Urban Gardens Talk & Tour

Sustainability Series Food Systems
Thursday, October 15, 2015
7:00 p.m.

Darren Chapman

  • CEO and Founder, TigerMountain Foundation

Equity  - Inclusiveness - Empowerment

Through all the ups and downs in Darren Chapman's life, the toughest choice he had to make was to stay true to proactive, hands-on change. As a result of this choice, he has founded the TigerMountain Foundation, an organization that uses asset-based community development...

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Radically Simple Campus-Community Sustainability Partnerships

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Jessica Barlow

  • Professor, School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, San Diego State University

Barlow directs the Sage Project within San Diego State's Center for Regional Sustainability. She serves on the University's sustainability committee, climate-action planning council, and on projects that incorporate sustainability into the curriculum.

The Sage Project is based on a model campus-community partnership being replicated nationwide. It is a...

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Sustainability/CSR Reporting Certification for Students

Professional Training Sustainability After School Sustainability@ASU
Friday - Saturday
October 23 - 24, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Do you envision a world where sustainability guides every organization’s decision-making process?

So does the Global Reporting Initiative, which established standardized reporting guidelines used by organizations of all sizes – from academic to corporate, governmental to nonprofit. Using GRI’s guidelines, organizations account for the economic, environmental and social impacts of their...

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Southwest Region Climate Fundamental Academies Workshop

Professional Training
Tuesday-Wednesday, October 27-28, 2015

Learn from experts about the implications of climate change with a regional focus for the Southwest United States. The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) is offering a series of two-day training academies produced and offered in partnership with the Arizona State University School of Sustainability.

The first workshop is a...

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A Search for Edward Abbey

Sustainability Series
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
7:00 - 8:15 p.m.

Sean Prentiss

  • Author and Assistant Professor, Norwich University

Sean Prentiss is the author of the memoir, Finding Abbey: a Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave, co-editor of The Far Edges of the Fourth Genre: Explorations in Creative Nonfiction, a creative nonfiction craft anthology, and co-author of the forthcoming environmental-writing textbook, Environmental...

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Profitable Small-Scale Farming: Essential Tools and Techniques

Food Systems
Friday, October 30, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Jean-Martin Fortier

  • Organic Farmer, Author and Speaker

Learn to maximize profits on small farming plots from one of Canada’s most recognized and influential organic growers, Jean-Martin Fortier. During this one-day training, Fortier blends experience and know-how to provide in-depth instruction on optimizing cropping systems for intensive methods of production.

Fortier’s book, “The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower’s...

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Assimilating Sustainability into Public Service

Professional Training
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Colin Tetreault

  • Manager, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Instructional Professional, School of Sustainability
  • MA, 2010

Nicole Darnall

  • Senior Sustainability Scholar
  • Associate Professor, School of Sustainability
  • Professor, School of Public Affairs

This seminar is a collaboration between Bob Ramsey Executive Education and the School of Sustainability.

Is sustainability a priority in your organization? Is it important to your constituents? In this seminar, you will learn practical applications of sustainability within the context of public service:

- What...

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Urban Gardens Talk & Tour

Sustainability Series Food Systems
Thursday, November 19, 2015
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Ken Singh

  • Owner and Operator of Singh Farms

Tales of Soil & Seed

Join us for a freewheeling conversation with Ken Singh: farmer, visionary, restorer of soils, and teacher of organic farming.

Light refreshments will be served

In addition to the talk at Nush, there will be a tour of Singh Farms, on Saturday, November 21, 2015, requiring a separate RSVP...

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Water and Sustainability: 21st Century Realities

Sustainability Series
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Jay Famiglietti

  • Professor of Earth System Science, University of California-Irvine

Hydrologist Jay Famiglietti is the Senior Water Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He and his team have been researching and communicating about water and climate change—in academics, business, government and to the general public—for over 25 years.

In this talk, Famiglietti will discuss his work using satellites and computer...

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The US Army: The Battle for Energy Efficiency and Security

Sustainability Series
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Richard Kidd

  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Energy and Sustainability

Richard Kidd became the DASA (E&S) in 2010, his third assignment as a senior executive in the federal government. Kidd is responsible for establishing policies, developing and refining strategies, and oversight of all programs and initiatives related to energy, security and sustainability in the Army.

In this talk, Kidd...

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Free Film Screening: Inhabit

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
6:30 p.m. doors open
7:00 p.m. showtime

Inhabit is a feature-length documentary that offers an intimate look at permaculture people and practices.

In 2013, film makers documented over 20 sites in a range of rural, suburban, and urban environments in the US. They explored a breadth of response to local and global...

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Incredibly Short Environmental Film Festival

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Doors open 6:30 p.m.
Films begin at 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a free screening of four short films created by students from the School of Sustainability, under the direction of Sustainability Scientist Peter Byck (director of Carbon Nation).

Enlisting The Sun - Amy Gleich, Sarah Brooks, Alexandra Evans, Jessie Wardarski

Highlights the connections between renewable energy and our veterans --both...

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Can Engineered Surfaces Clean the Air of Our Cities?

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Christian George

  • Research Director, French National Center for Research (CNRS)

Christian George leads a group at IRCELYON, the largest European institute focusing on heterogeneous catalysis. He holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry (1993) and Habilitation in Chemistry (1999), both from University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France.

In this talk, George will present the past,...

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CASE CRITICAL: The Nepal Earthquakes: Resiliency Amid Unfathomable Loss

Case Critical
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
12:00-1:15 p.m.

Nalini Chhetri

  • Assistant Director, Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes
  • Lecturer, School of Sustainability
  • Senior Sustainability Scientist

Milan Shrestha

  • Lecturer, School of Sustainability
  • Senior Sustainability Scientist

On April 25 and May 12, Nepal was struck by massive earthquakes of 7.8 and 7.3 magnitude and hundreds of aftershocks. The aftermath has been devastating to this Himalayan nation, the birthplace of Buddha and home to Mount Everest. Over 9,000 people have died and 1.8 million people have been...

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