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The World That Food Made

Wrigley Lecture Series Future of Food
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Raj Patel

  • Research Professor, Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin; Senior Research Associate, Rhodes University, South Africa

Raj Patel is an award-winning writer, activist and academic. With degrees from the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics and Cornell University, he has worked for the World Bank and WTO—and protested against them around the world. In 2016, Patel was recognized with a James Beard...

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GLI Networking Event at Entomological Society of America Meeting 2018

Global Locust Initiative
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

It’s hard to believe a year has come and gone since our last Global Locust Initiative mixer at ESA! We’re thrilled to be hosting a networking event at the joint ESA-ESC-ESBC meeting in Vancouver. We look forward to catching up with each other’s recent activities and exploring future areas for...

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Puerto Rico: Gateway to the Future of Energy Infrastructure

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Tom King

  • President, Borincana Foundation
  • Managing Partner, CrossRiver Capital
  • Founding Partner, US Renewables Group

Virtually all modern social, economic, and political systems rely first and foremost on a robust and stable energy infrastructure. This is Puerto Rico’s most glaring weakness laid bare by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. But the devastation of infrastructure wrought by these storms, the failure of the government-owned utility, and the...

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School of Sustainability Alumni - Community Garden Maintenance & Harvest

School of Sustainability Sustainability@ASU Future of Food
Saturday, November 10, 2018
9:00 - 11:00 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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Salute to Service: Climate Change and its Effect on Global and National Security

Friday, November 9, 2018
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Rear Admiral Leendert "Len" Hering Sr.

  • U.S. Navy (retired)

Rear Admiral Leendert "Len" Hering Sr. USN (retired) is a prominent military and civilian sustainability leader with a broad background in energy and environmental issues. His passion is to educate people on the dangers of not taking action to secure the nation’s energy independence and to preserve water, air quality...

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A Simple and Smart Way to Fix Climate Change

Friday, November 9, 2018
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Dan Miller

  • Managing Director, The Roda Group

In this talk, Dan Miller explains his journey towards paying more attention to climate change and how he believes this country can lead the world to reduce the impacts of climate change. Miller looks at why humans are less likely to believe that climate change is occurring and describes that...

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Urban Garden Talk: Biodiversity and Low Input Gardening

Sustainability Series Future of Food
Friday, November 9, 2018
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Jacq Davis

  • Gardener

In 2011, Jacq and her husband bought a house in Tempe and decided to jump into gardening by learning and applying multiple disciplines of natural gardening. From their early efforts, they have built themselves a high density food forest in the middle of the city, dubbed "the Epic...

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Sustainable Infrastructure & Resilience Webinar Series: The Intersection of Financial Risk and Climate Resilience

School of Sustainability
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
1:15 - 2:45 p.m. ET (11:15 - 12:45 p.m. AZ)

This seminar is Part 2 of 3 of the Sustainable Infrastructure & Resilience Webinar Series. The experts will explore resilience risk and financial mechanisms to advance climate resilience.

Speakers include:

  • Kurt Foregren, Managing Director of U.S. Public Finance, S&P Global Ratings
  • Samantha Medock, Head of North American Capital, Science and Policy, Willis Towers...

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Wild Edible Botanicals of North America

Future of Food
Exhibit runs Nov. 6, 2018, to Jan. 31, 2019

A photographic survey of the wild edible botanicals of North America is on display at the Polytechnic campus library today through Jan. 31, 2019.

The artist is Jim Fike, a photographer who excavates plants, photographs them in his studio and digitally illustrates the photographs. He then renders the edible...

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Salute to Service: Sustainability in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Sustainability Series
Monday, November 5, 2018
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Karen Baker

  • Chief, Environmental Division at
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers HQ

With a wide range of missions in support of the Nation's defense and civil-works infrastructure, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has unique opportunities and challenges in integrating sustainable practices into its operations.

Karen Baker helped lead the Army team that authored the Army Strategy for the Environment, the...

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Free Film Screening: Current Revolution: Transforming America's Electric Grid

Monday, November 5, 2018
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

How can the utility, auto, tech and defense industries help modernize the aging power grid to make it more secure and responsive to the needs of its users, while enhancing environmental performance? With a focus on national security, economic prosperity, and environmental justice, Current Revolution shows how the...

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Indigenous Food, Energy, and Water Security and Sovereignty: A Training Track for Students

Sustainability Series Future of Food
Thursday, November 1, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Karletta Chief

  • Associate Professor & Extension Specialist, University of Arizona Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Sciences

Dr. Karletta Chief (Diné) researches water in arid regions of Arizona and uses that knowledge in culturally sensitive ways to empower Native American communities.

In this talk, Dr. Chief will discuss Indigenous Food, Energy, and Water Security and Sovereignty or Indigi-FEWSS -- a graduate-student training program working with indigenous communities. In...

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Biomimicry Center Open House

Future of Food
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Open House
6:00 p.m. Gallery Talk

Stop by the Biomimicry Center's biomimetically remodeled space and discover how we’re spreading biomimicry seeds across campus connecting design, sustainability, biology, business, engineering, education and more. Learn about biomimicry in the desert, explore the "Designed to Move" exhibit, talk with biomimics, recharge and reconnect with nature, and find inspiration for...

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Product Stewardship and Circular Economy

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
8:30 a.m. Networking
9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Talk

Paul Murray

  • President, Integrated Sustainable Strategies, LLC

Paul Murray has dedicated his professional career to implementing holistic approaches to sustainable product manufacturing. He led designer Herman Miller's Sustainability Team, which formed the U.S. Green Building Council and worked with noted architect Bill McDonough to create the “Cradle to Cradle” protocol. Murray later went...

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