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Assessing and Managing Ecological Impacts of Paved Roads

Wrigley Lecture Series
Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Lance Gunderson

  • 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...

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Insights on Linking Forests, Trees, and People from the Air, on the Ground, and in the Lab

Wrigley Lecture Series
Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Elinor Ostrom

  • 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...

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Nitrogen: Too Much of a Good Thing

Wrigley Lecture Series
Friday, December 1, 2006

Jill Baron

  • 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...

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Urban Sustainability & Social Religious Conflict

Wrigley Lecture Series
Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Shabana Azmi

  • Actress, social activist

Javed Akhtar

  • 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...

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Behind the Gates: The Consequences of Secured Residential Communities in the Urban and Suburban United States

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, October 12, 2006

Setha Low

  • 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...

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Natural Capitalism, Path to Sustainability in Education- And a Lot Else

Wrigley Lecture Series
Friday, October 6, 2006

Hunter Lovins

  • 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...

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Science to Solutions: Interdisciplinary Collaboration at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Wrigley Lecture Series
Monday, April 17, 2006
Social with refreshments 3:00 p.m.
Event begins 3:30 p.m.

James Reichman

  • 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...

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Agricultural Intensification in the Yaqui Valley, Sonora, Mexico: Is it Saving Land for Nature?

Wrigley Lecture Series
Friday, April 14, 2006

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...

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The Future of Life

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, April 13, 2006

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...

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Urban Sustainability and the Limits of Classical Environmentalism

Wrigley Lecture Series
Monday, March 20, 2006

Kai Lee

  • 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...

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COLLAPSE: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, February 2, 2006

Jared Diamond

  • 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...

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Native to Nowhere: Sustaining Home and Community in a Global Age

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, November 17, 2005

Timothy Beatley

  • 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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The Greening of Traditional Markets

Wrigley Lecture Series
Monday, October 31, 2005

Christine Ervin

  • President and CEO of the US Green Building Council

The green-building market is the most potent trend affecting the industry today. Bypassing hurdles traditionally faced in the energy sector, the voluntary collaborations driving high performance buildings also reflect trends sweeping through environmental policy in the US and Europe. Christine Ervin draws upon her experience leading sustainable-market initiatives in national,...

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What Do We Owe the Future?

Wrigley Lecture Series
Friday, September 30, 2005

Bryan Norton

  • Professor of Philosophy, School of Public Policy, Georgia Tech

With so much poverty and so many social problems in the present, why worry about the future until we can care for present needs? Economist Robert Solow, defines this challenge as the "paradox of sustainability": "Today's poor want consumption and not investment. So the conflict is pretty deep and...

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Sustainability: The Global Perspective

Wrigley Lecture Series
Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Sir Crispin Tickell

  • Chancellor, University of Kent, Canterbury
  • Director, Green College Centre for Environmental Policy and Understanding, University of Oxford
  • Chairman, International Council of Scientific Unions' Advisory Committee on the Environment
  • Chairman,

The idea that human society might not last—in short, not be sustainable—is relatively new. Of course, individual societies have collapsed in the past, but that society itself could be in danger is something different. The sooner we can begin the necessary shift towards sustainability in thinking, policy, and behavior, the...

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