Greasy Palms: Assessing the Resilience and Vulnerability of Bornean Landscapes to Agribusiness Expansion for Edible Oils and Biofuels
Lisa M. Curran
- Professor of Tropical Resource Science and Director of the Tropical Resources Institute
- School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University
A major challenge of sustainability science involves assessing the resilience of human-environmental systems that are experiencing multiple natural and anthropogenic perturbations that vary in rate, extent, and intensity. Curran presents a case study from tropical forests in Indonesian Borneo that documents a major perturbation to human-environmental systems—large scale and intensive...
Life Cycle Models and Metrics: The Sustainability Compass for Energy Systems, Products, and Technology
- Co-Director, Center for Sustainable Systems
- Associate Professor, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan
This presentation will highlight research at the University of Michigan's Center for Sustainable Systems (CSS) to improve the sustainability of energy systems, products and technology. Life cycle models and metrics provide a scientific basis for measuring progress toward sustainability and serve as important navigation tools for guiding the transformation of...
- Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy
- Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, University of Delaware
From climate change to acid rain, contaminated landscapes, and biodiversity loss, the origins of many of our least tractable environmental problems can be traced to the operations of the modern energy system. A scan of nightfall across the planet reveals a social dilemma that also accompanies this system's operations: invented...
- Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Studies, Emory University
During the 20th century, the US built a system of over 4 million miles of paved roads. Roads impact air and water quality, alter habitats, increase wildlife mortality and the dispersal and migration of plants and animals. An increasing awareness of environmental issues, regulatory changes, and new solutions has...
- Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science
- Co-Director, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, Bloomington
- Founding Director, Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity, School of Human Evolution and Soc
Governing natural resources sustainably is a continuing struggle, and major debates occur over what types of policy "interventions" best protect forests. Ostrom synthesizes the findings from a long-term, interdisciplinary, multiscale, international research program that analyzes the institutional factors affecting forest management. This program analyzes satellite images, conducts socioecological measurements on...
- Ecosystem Ecologist, US Geological Survey
- Senior Research Ecologist, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University
The mass production of reactive nitrogen since 1950 has been both an enormous boon for society and a growing bane. We are experiencing a major disruption of the global nitrogen cycle, with ecological ramifications that include fertilization and acidification of freshwaters, hypoxia, increased forest and grassland productivity, and loss of...
- Actress, social activist
- Scriptwriter, lyricist
We are delighted to announce that two of India's most respected film personalities and social activists, Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar, will visit the ASU campus to present a talk and lead a discussion on "Urban Sustainability & Social Religious Conflict." Both are well-known for their activism on social...
Behind the Gates: The Consequences of Secured Residential Communities in the Urban and Suburban United States
- Professor, Environmental Psychology and Anthropology
- Director, Public Space Research Group, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Across America, gated communities are creating new forms of exclusion and residential segregation, exacerbating existing social cleavages. This retreat to secured enclaves materially and symbolically contradicts aspects of an idealized American ethos and values, threatens democratic spatial practices such as access to open space, and creates another barrier to social...
- President/Founder, Natural Capitalism Solutions
A world facing climate change and deteriorating natural systems is a challenging place to do business. Hunter Lovins argues that the best way to achieve true competitive advantage in today's world is exactly the sort of behavior that will solve the problems facing us. She will describe a new approach...
Science to Solutions: Interdisciplinary Collaboration at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
- Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara
- Director, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) was formed 11 years ago to promote the use of existing information to address important ecological questions. The Center supports working groups (400-600 individuals per year), sabbaticals (six per year) and postdoctoral associates (18 per year) whose research focuses on ecology...
Pamela A. Matson
- Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies, Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences
- Victoria P. and Roger W. Sant Director of the Earth Systems Degree Program
- Co-Director, Center for Environmental Science and Policy
The world's population could grow by 2-3 billion before it levels off toward the end of the 21st century. If we are to feed this growing population and eliminate undernourishment, increases in food production will be needed. Most agree that the best way to do this will be through increasing...
Edward O. Wilson
- Research Professor, Emeritus, Harvard University
Named by Time as "one of the 25 most influential people in America" (1995), Harvard University Research Professor, Emeritus, E.O. Wilson is considered one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century and the "father" of sociobiology and biodivesity. Two of his books have received Pulitzer Prizes, On Human...
- Rosenburg Professor of Environmental Studies, Williams College, Massachusetts
Over the past generation, translating environmental concern into social debate and public policy has become one of the notable achievements of industrial societies. Yet the process that has emerged in rich countries does not seem to be simply transferable or even tenable over time. The search for sustainable development may...
- Professor of Geography, College of Letters and Science, Social Sciences Division, University of California-Los Angeles
In his Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond investigated how and why Western civilizations developed the technologies and immunities that have allowed them to dominate much of the world. In his latest book, COLLAPSE: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, Diamond now focuses on the other...
- Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture, University of Virginia
Meaningful places offer a vital counterbalance to the forces of globalization and sameness overtaking our world and are essential in the search for sustainable solutions. Tim Beatley draws upon extensive research and travel communities across North America and Europe to examine the concepts of place and place-building in contemporary life. He...
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