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Global Futures Special Seminar: Global Sustainability Challenges and Pathways

Global Futures
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Olcay Ünver

  • Deputy Director, Land and Water Division, Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations

Since The Limits to Growth was published in 1972, the notion of global thresholds beyond which growth would be impossible has been highly discussed and disputed. Recently, lessons learned from the industrial revolutions and the “green revolution” led scientists to tackle Earth system complexities through the introduction of a “safe...

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Free Film Screening: Happy

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Film starts at 7:00 p.m.

Does money bring happiness? Kids and family? Your work? Do you live in a world that values and promotes happiness and well-being? Are we in the midst of a happiness revolution?

Roko Belic, director of the Academy Award® nominated “Genghis Blues” now brings us Happy, an award-winning documentary that...

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Brown Bag: Talking to Reporters

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Mary Hoff

  • Journalism Fellow, ASU Media Relations
  • Editor in Chief, Ensia

Join ASU Media Relations Journalism Fellow Mary Hoff for a brown bag lunch -- come and go as you are able, bring your own lunch -- open to sustainability scientists, scholars and students.

Mary Hoff is editor in chief of Ensia. An award-winning science communicator, she...

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Global Futures Special Seminar: Sustainability, Infrastructure, and Finance - Searching for Sustainable Solutions to Environmental and Social Challenges

Global Futures
Thursday, January 24, 2019
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

John Tobin-de la Puente

  • Professor of Practice of Corporate Sustainability, Charles Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management/Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, Cornell University

In this talk, Professor Tobin will discuss how research in conservation biology and banking has led to collaborations between environmentalists, academics, and finance professionals aimed at developing sustainability solutions and, more broadly, will examine ways in which private capital may be leveraged to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.


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Dispelling the Myths of Affordable and Workforce Housing

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
8:30 a.m. - networking breakfast
9:00 a.m. - discussion and Q&A

The Phoenix metro area suffers from a growing shortage of both affordable and workforce housing. This issue is complicated, multifaceted and often misunderstood. Join us for a robust discussion with panelists who bring a wide and deep knowledge of affordable and workforce housing and the positive impacts that quality housing...

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The Women in Ape Conservation and Survival

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Gerry Ellis

  • Photographer/Film-maker
  • Creator & Host of YouTube Channel, 'Apes Like Us'

Gerry Ellis, is an award-winning environmental photographer/film-maker and has documented the lives of endangered species, indigenous cultures and threatened ecosystems across every continent. Inspired by his initial work with Jane Goodall, Ellis is currently working on a multi-year education and public awareness project called Apes Like Us to...

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How the Humanities Can Save the Planet: The End of the World As We Know It

Environmental Humanities
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
7:00 - 8:15 p.m.

Sir Jonathan Bate

  • Professor and Provost of Worcester College, Oxford University

Sir Jonathan Bate is an acclaimed biographer, broadcaster, critic, and Shakespearean scholar from Oxford University.

In almost every culture of the world, there is a myth of how one day, a time of catastrophe will come when some powerful force precipitates an apocalypse that will bring an end to...

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How the Humanities Can Save the Planet: Living Sustainably

Environmental Humanities
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.

Sir Jonathan Bate

  • Professor and Provost of Worcester College, Oxford University

Sir Jonathan Bate is an acclaimed biographer, broadcaster, critic, and Shakespearean scholar from Oxford University.

In addressing our current climate crisis, we need not only scientists to propose technological fixes, but artists and humanities scholars to offer images of a more sustainable way of life. In his talk, Bate...

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The 8 Attributes of Successful Sustainability Leadership

Sustainability Series
Monday, February 25, 2019
3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

Bob Langert

  • Retired McDonald’s VP of CSR & Sustainability

Bob Langert is widely known as a CSR (Corporate-Social Responsibility) subject matter expert and leader, and is the author of The Battle To Do Good: Inside McDonald’s Sustainability Journey.

In his talk, Langert will discuss McDonald’s turbulent journey to try to be a responsible company over the past three...

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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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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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Cleaning it Up: Making America Beautiful Again

Sustainability Series
Friday, January 18, 2019
3:30 - 4:45 p.m.

David Baron

  • Managing Attorney, Earthjustice

David Baron is an attorney with the nation's largest environmental-law organization – Earthjustice. Before joining the nonprofit in 1999, Baron was a litigator and taught environmental law at the University of Arizona College of Law, ASU's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, and Tulane Law School.


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Celebrating Success with Dropworks

Thursday, January 17, 2019
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Chris Perkins

  • CEO and Chairman of Dropworks, Inc.

Chris Perkins is the CEO and Chairman of Dropworks, Inc., which he founded with academic partners from Arizona State University in 2016.

Prior to leading Dropworks, Chris worked in the renewable energy space. He founded Copernican Energy in 2006 to develop solar-based approaches to biofuel production, which he sold to Sundrop...

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Can Humans and Insects Thrive, Share, and Save the Earth?

Global Locust Initiative Biodiversity Outcomes
Thursday, January 17, 2019
3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

Yoram Yerushalmi

  • Head of the Israel Center for the Expression of Beneficial Insect
  • Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Biology, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology

In past centuries, insects were considered pests, endangering agricultural and human health. Humans tried to eradicate those pests, using an impressive and ever-evolving arsenal of physical, chemical, and biological tools.

At the dawn of the 20th century, it was clear that, while humans may have won a few battles, we lost...

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