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In this series, experts engage in solution-based discussions focusing on the environmental, social, and economic implications of high-stakes threats and breaking-news issues.

Past Case Critical

Case Critical

Nalini Chhetri

Milan Shrestha

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
12:00-1:15 p.m.

Nalini Chhetri

  • Assistant Director, Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes
  • Lecturer, School of Sustainability
  • Senior Sustainability Scientist

Milan Shrestha

  • Lecturer, School of Sustainability
  • Senior Sustainability Scientist

On April 25 and May 12, Nepal was struck by massive earthquakes of 7.8 and 7.3 magnitude and hundreds of aftershocks. The aftermath has been devastating to this Himalayan nation, the birthplace of Buddha and home to Mount Everest. Over 9,000 people have died and 1.8 million people have been...

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Case Critical
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Reception with food trucks
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Forum 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Presenting AZ Corporation Commission Candidates:
- Tom Forese (invited)
- Jim Holway
- Sandra Kennedy
- Doug Little (invited)

The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC), often referred to as the fourth branch of government, has two seats open for the upcoming November election...

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Case Critical

Michael Shellenberger

John Hofmeister

Ariel Anbar

Jennifer Richter

Clark Miller

Thursday, December 5, 2013
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Michael Shellenberger

John Hofmeister

  • Julie A. Wrigley Private Sector Executive In-Residence, School of Sustainability, ASU

Ariel Anbar

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability, ASU
  • Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, ASU

Jennifer Richter

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Social Transformation and Change and Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes, ASU

Clark Miller

  • Moderator
  • Associate Director, Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes and Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, ASU

This Case Critical will spark conversation about thorium reactors and their potential to help end our dependence on fossil fuels. Panelists include Michael Shellenberger, featured in the controversial film Pandora’s Promise and a thought leader in climate-change policy and energy options; Ariel Anbar, a biogeochemist interested in the past and...

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Case Critical

Mike Pasqualetti

Grant Smedley

Stephen B. Etsitty

Vincent Yazzie

Brandon Loomis

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Mike Pasqualetti

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, ASU Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Professor, ASU School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

Grant Smedley

  • Manager, Environmental Policy and Innovation, Salt River Project

Stephen B. Etsitty

  • Executive Director, Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency

Vincent Yazzie

  • Community Member

Brandon Loomis

  • Moderator
  • Environmental Reporter, Arizona Republic

The Navajo Generating Station (NGS), the largest coal-fired power plant in the West, provides electrical power to customers in three states and for pumping Colorado River water for the Central Arizona Project (CAP), which delivers water to central and southern Arizona. Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced...

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Case Critical

Wally Broecker

Peter Byck

John Hofmeister

Mike Pasqualetti

Friday, February 22, 2013
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Wally Broecker

  • Newberry Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University

Peter Byck

  • Director and Producer, Carbon Nation

John Hofmeister

  • Former President, Shell Oil Company
  • Julie A. Wrigley Private Sector Executive-in-Residence, ASU's School of Sustainability

Mike Pasqualetti

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, ASU's Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Professor, ASU's School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

The Keystone XL Pipeline, a large-scale project proposed to transport oil from Canada's tar sands to the U.S., is an issue at the forefront of climate change action and debate. Some argue the project will boost energy security, while others say it is a Band-Aid for a bullet wound. Environmental...


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Keystone XL Pipeline: A Line in the Sand?

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Case Critical

John Hofmeister

Mark Z. Jacobson

Peter Byck

Eve Troeh

Thursday, January 24, 2013
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.: Booth displays by members of the Arizona Energy Consortium
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.: Panel Discussion
7:30 - 8:00 p.m.: Reception
Arizona Science Center, IMAX Theater
600 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Three-hour parking validation is available at the Heritage Square Parking Garage. The Metro Light Rail stops within walking distance.

Reservations are at capacity for this event. Please arrive early to ensure a seat.

John Hofmeister

  • Julie A. Wrigley Private Sector Executive-in-Residence for Sustainability, ASU's School of Sustainability
  • Founder, Citizens for Affordable Energy
  • Former President, Shell Oil Company

Mark Z. Jacobson

  • Professor of Civil Engineering, Stanford University
  • Director, Atmosphere/Energy Program, Stanford University

Peter Byck

  • Director and Producer, Carbon Nation

Eve Troeh

  • Reporter, Marketplace Sustainability Desk, American Public Media

How do you want the future to be powered? Fossil fuels? Renewables? Both? Some argue that renewable energy isn’t reliable enough to power our economy; others say that renewables can be the major energy source within a decade. We are in a period of needing to choose between traditional and...


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The Future of Energy: Brown, Clean, or In Between?

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Case Critical
Thursday, September 6, 2012
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
(breakfast will be provided)

Nancy J. Selover

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Arizona State Climatologist, State Climate Office

Rimjhim Aggarwal

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability

Summer Waters

  • Water Resources Extension Agent, Maricopa County
  • Arizona Cooperative Extension, The University of Arizona

Hallie Eakin

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Associate Professor, School of Sustainability

More than half of all U.S. counties have been listed as natural disaster areas; the vast majority of them received this designation because of the drought. It’s being said that the 2012 U.S. drought is the most serious since 1988. Is it an indicator of climate change?...

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Case Critical

Timothy James

Gary Dirks

Ram M. Pendyala

Mike Kuby

Friday, April 13, 2012
12:00- 1:30 p.m.

Timothy James

  • Director of Research and Consulting, L. William Seidman Research Institute, and Research Professor, Department of Economics, W. P. Carey School of Business

Gary Dirks

  • Director, ASU LightWorks

Ram M. Pendyala

  • Professor of Transportation Systems, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Mike Kuby

  • Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Gas prices are on their way to record highs in Arizona. With gas prices targeted to reach $5 per gallon by this summer, will this tip us back into a recession? Join four experts as they discuss why prices are rising and how it will affect us...


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Are high gas prices here to stay?

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Case Critical

Wes Gullett

Greg Stanton

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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Phoenix Mayoral Debate: Advancing Sustainability

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Case Critical

Steve Pyne

Shaun McKinnon

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...

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