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Sustainability Events

Just Transitions for Coal-Dependent Communities in the Southwest

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 2.00 p.m.

Paul Hirt

  • Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Kris Mayes

  • Co-Director, Energy Policy Innovation Council
  • Director, Utility of the Future Center

Clark Miller

  • Director, Center for Energy & Society

Gary Dirks

  • Director, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

All over the world nations have begun rapidly shifting from investments in coal-fired power to investments in renewable energy. Wind and solar are now cheaper than the alternatives in most markets and affordable battery storage is making these energy resources increasingly capable of replacing traditional fossil generation. Consequently, utilities are...

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Water in the West

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Bruce Huber

  • Professor of Law, Robert & Marion Short Scholar, Notre Dame Law School

Professor Bruce Huber taught for several years in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College before joining the Notre Dame law faculty in 2011. Currently, he teaches and conducts research in areas of environmental, natural resources, property, and energy law. His particular areas of expertise include energy regulation,...

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Blue is the New Green – Ecological Enhancement of Urban Waterfronts and Coastal Infrastructure

Sustainability Series
Friday, May 31, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. HT

Shimrit Perkol-Finkel

  • Co-Founder and CEO, ECOncrete Tech Ltd

With two-thirds of the human population concentrated around coastlines accelerated, coastal development and changes to natural coastlines are inevitable. Over time, natural coastlines undergo severe changes, and in many cases are completely overtaken by industrial facilities, coastal defense measures, and residential properties. These altered coastlines face growing threats from sea-level...

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Free Film Screening: Paris to Pittsburgh

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

From coastal cities to America’s heartland, Paris to Pittsburgh celebrates Americans who are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. As climate change grows more deadly and destructive, people aren’t waiting on Washington to act.

Watch the trailer here.

Doug Bland, executive director of

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Beyond DCP: Long Term Water Sustainability for the Colorado River Basin

Decision Center for a Desert City
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
A.E. England Auditorium
424 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Event Parking
University Center Parking Garage
92 East Polk Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Entrance on E Polk St. between N Central Ave. and N 1st St.

Cynthia Campbell

  • Water Resources Management Advisor, City of Phoenix

Governor Stephen Roe Lewis

  • Gila River Indian Community

Chelsea McGuire

  • Director of Government Relations, Arizona Farm Bureau

Kevin Moran

  • Senior Director, Colorado River Program, Environmental Defense Fund

Dave D. White

  • Moderator and Director, Decision Center for a Desert City, Arizona State University

To manage the increasing risks of water shortages, the seven Colorado River Basins states that share the allocation of the river, worked with local water agencies, Tribes, non-governmental organizations, Mexico, and the Department of Interior to negotiate the historic Colorado River Drought Contingency Plans (DCP). These plans provide important new...

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Capacity-Building Workshops for Cities: Trends in Affordable and Workforce Housing

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Kurt Creager

  • Executive VP, Bridge Housing

Join us for the last of four workshops on creating and preserving affordable and workforce housing. Led by Silvia Urrutia, co-founder of the Arizona Housing Alliance, this high-level, interactive series brings together public and private entities to discuss challenges, highlight best practices, encourage innovation, and disseminate vital information to impact...

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School of Sustainability Alumni - Community Garden Maintenance & Harvest

School of Sustainability
Saturday, May 11, 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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The Power of Deliciousness

Future of Food School of Sustainability
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
4:00 - 6:30 p.m. EDT
(1:00 - 3:30 p.m. AZ)

Chef Dan Barber
Kathleen Merrigan

  • Speakers

The Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems welcomes world-renowned chef and author, Dan Barber, for a discussion about the commodification of taste. How can we recapture deliciousness and use it to drive regenerative agriculture? Dan will describe his latest culinary innovations, and he and Kathleen will identify policy initiatives to...

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The Whole Community: Emergency Management, Resilience and Sustainability

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Panel: 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Workshop: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Kristin Baja

  • Climate Resilience Officer, Urban Sustainability Directors Network

Erik Cole

  • Director, Design Studio for Community Solutions at Arizona State University

Barry Hokanson

  • AICP, Consultant for North Carolina recovery from Hurricane Matthew

Braden Kay (Moderator)

  • Director of Sustainability, City of Tempe

Philip Gilbertson (Moderator)

  • PhD student, School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning, ASU

This is the third of three panel-discussions on local emergency management across all phases – preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation. This third panel discusses current and best practices for local government to integrate their emergency management, resiliency and sustainable development efforts across the city and in collaboration with the whole...

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AZ Eco Fashion Week: Fair Trade Student Fashion Show

Sustainability Series
Friday, April 26, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Malak El Jada (Emcee)

  • Undergraduate Student, ASU
  • Co-founder, Fashion Conspiracy Theories

The ASU Sun Devil's for Fair Trade Student Organization presents a Fair Trade Fashion Show!

Featuring Fair Trade brands:
Redemption Market
Gallant International
Global Mamas
Mata Traders
Cause Gear
10,00 Villages
Stick around after the show for your chance to buy the pieces worn in it! Proceeds from the purchased clothes will go to support local...

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Partnership with Planet to give ASU Researchers Global Perspective

Biodiversity Outcomes
Friday, April 26, 2019
2:15 p..m. - refreshments and networking
2:30 - 4:00 p.m. - presentations and demonstrations

Students, faculty and researchers at ASU will soon have access to an unprecedented stream of daily high-resolution images covering Earth’s entire landmass and coral reefs. ASU has partnered with Planet, a San Francisco-based Earth-imaging company, as their first institutional data partner for higher education. Planet operates the largest constellation of...

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MSUS Defenses

Defense School of Sustainability
Friday, April 26, 2019
12:00 p.m.

Kaylin Ayotte

Isabel Burdge

Alessandra "Aly" Stoffo

Tari Wagner

Shantel Wyke

The following students will be presenting their culminating experience projects:

Kaylin Ayotte and Isabel Burdge -- Mindiac: Mindfulness for the Sustainability Professional
Alessandra "Aly" Stoffo -- Eat Well, Live Well: ASU's First Large Event to Celebrate Plant-Based Diets and Sustainability
Tari Wager -- Sustainability Consultation Report: Shepley Bulfinch
Shantel Wyke -- HERO Academy: A...

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