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Phoenix Mayoral Debate: Advancing Sustainability

Case Critical
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
(light refreshments will be served)

Wes Gullett

  • Candidate for Phoenix Mayor

Greg Stanton

  • Candidate for Phoenix Mayor

Over the past decade, Phoenix has made significant gains in sustainability. In 2009, Mayor Phil Gordon introduced an ambitious 17-point plan, Green Phoenix, to transform the city into a national sustainability leader. If sustainability is to be an economic driver of our region, how can the city's next mayor extend...

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Sustainable Blackwood: Harvesting the Music Tree

Sustainability Series
Friday, October 14, 2011
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Brenda Schuman-Post

  • Virtuoso Oboist

Virtuoso oboist Brenda Schuman-Post is a foremost expert on the relationship between musicians and the music industry and the people and places where African Blackwood grows.

In this talk, Schuman-Post offers an eye-opening look into the people and places, environmental and social issues surrounding this commercially threatened tree from which flutes,...

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Biochar and Sustainable Development: A Story About Working in Haiti

Sustainability Series
Thursday, October 13, 2011
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Ryan Delaney

  • Co-Director, Carbon Roots International

Ryan Delaney recently received his Master of Science degree from the School of Sustainability, where he researched technology adoption as a development tool at the community level in Haiti. Now his experience at the School of Sustainability assists him as co-director of Carbon Roots International, a...

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Water Consumption: How Low Can You Go?

Sustainability Series
Friday, September 30, 2011
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

David Sampson

  • Research Scientist, Decision Center for a Desert City

David will challenge the audience with questions regarding the amount of water we use for everyday activities. He will also discuss the tradeoffs in water-reduction management, comparing conservation measures to traditional and new approaches to demand management.

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Energy Efficiency on the Personal and Urban Scale

Sustainability Series
Thursday, September 29, 2011
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Mick Dalrymple

  • ASU Project Manager, Energize Phoenix

See how you can drive your roommates crazy and also change the world through energy efficiency—at home and on a city scale—in this fun and informative talk about how low the low-hanging fruit may actually be.<

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Desert Gardening 101: Steps to Starting a Vegetable Garden

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Trish Yasolsky

  • Master Gardener

Trish Yasolsky was certified a Master Gardener in 2009 and finished the Valley Permaculture Alliance Permaculture Design Course just recently. She is keenly interested in food forests, native food plants, and vegetable gardening in Arizona.

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Jump Starting the Local Food Economy

Sustainability Series
Monday, September 26, 2011
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Miguel Jardine

  • CEO, VermiSoks

Greg Peterson

  • Founder, The Urban Farm

Join Miguel Jardine and Greg Peterson as they outline three specific things you can do to contribute to your Local Food Economy and discuss the VermiSoks system, a virtuous cycle of green that converts consumable food by-products into lush organic growth.

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Science is Not Enough: How to Make Climate and Sustainability Cool Again

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, September 22, 2011
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Reception to Follow at Engrained Café

Frank Sesno

  • Director, School of Media and Public Affairs,
  • The George Washington University
  • Host and Creator, Planet Forward

Professor Sesno explores the deepening skepticism around climate science and the new roles that universities, media, and the concerned public must play if we are to move from stalemate to solutions.

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Climate Change in Arizona: Current Knowledge and Future Collaborations Among the State Universities

Sustainability Series
Thursday, September 8, 2011
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

James L. Buizer

  • Director for Climate Adaptation and International Development
  • Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
  • University of Arizona

Jonathan Overpeck

  • Co-Director, Institute of the Environment
  • University of Arizona

Abe Springer

  • Director and Professor
  • School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability
  • Northern Arizona University

Arizona's premier climate scientists discuss the impacts of climate change on Arizona's water, energy, health, and economic systems and explore practical routes of collaboration among the three universities.

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Mediterranean-type ecosystems of the world: Evolution and conservation of biodiversity in extra-tropical hotspots

Sustainability Series
Friday, September 2, 2011
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Richard Cowling

  • Professor, Department of Botany, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa

This presentation explores the historical determinants of the evolution of the world's five Mediterranean-type ecosystems and discusses the implications of this for biodiversity conservation, focusing on the spectacularly diverse Cape Floristic Region of South Africa.

Cowling has published extensively—in the scientific and popular literature—on the ecology and conservation of Mediterranean-climate and...

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International Trends in Green Building

Sustainability Series
Friday, August 26, 2011
Registration 8:00 a.m.
Presentation 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Thomas Mueller

  • President & CEO, Canada Green Building Council

The presentation will cover international trends and innovations in the green-building industry as well as new opportunities for green-building collaboration with Arizona's second-largest trading partner, Canada.

Mueller has over 15 years of experience in sustainable-resource management and planning for urban sustainability in local government, consulting, and nonprofit environments. He...

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Case Critical: Understanding the American Fire Scene

Case Critical
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Steve Pyne

  • Regents' Professor, School of Life Sciences

Shaun McKinnon

  • Reporter, The Arizona Republic

Join us as wildfire expert Steve Pyne and The Arizona Republic's Shaun McKinnon discuss the Wallow Fire in Arizona and other recent U.S.wildfires and consider their ecological and economic impacts.

Steve Pyne is a Regents' Professor in ASU's School of Life Sciences and the author of a score...

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School of Sustainability 2011 Fall Welcome

School of Sustainability
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The School of Sustainability welcomes incoming students and their guests to an interactive day exploring their new degree program. Events include a welcome from the dean and interactions with faculty and students to learn more about exciting opportunities and resources.

For more information contact or 480.727.6963...

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