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Sustainability Events

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.

Case Critical: Solution-Oriented Town Hall on Homelessness

Case Critical
Saturday, August 13, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Case Critical: Solution-Oriented Town Hall on Homelessness

Join us for an interactive discussion on the state of homelessness in Tempe and suggest sustainable solutions for our community.

Agenda
9:00 a.m. - Welcome and Introduction

9:15 a.m. - Trends and Best Practices in Homelessness
by Charlene Moran Flaherty, Corporation for Supportive Housing

9:45 a.m...

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Case Critical: Postcards from Paris

Case Critical
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
1:30 p.m - 3:30 p.m

Manjana Milkoreit

  • Senior Sustainability Fellow; Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Jeffrey Swofford

  • PhD Student, School of Sustainability

Daniel Bodansky

  • Foundation Professor of Law, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law; Faculty Co-Director, Center for Law and Global Affairs

Sonja Klinsky

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist and Assistant Professor at the School of Sustainability

In December 2015, governments of the world met in Paris and adopted an arguably game-changing international agreement on climate change. In this Case-Critical discussion, four ASU experts who attended the historic climate negotiations discuss what happened at COP21, what they were doing while they were there, what they consider...

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CASE CRITICAL: The Nepal Earthquakes: Resiliency Amid Unfathomable Loss

Case Critical
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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Arizona's Energy & Water Future: A Candidate Forum

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.

Join us for an engaging forum with the ACC candidates. Topics will range from renewable energy and solar policy in Arizona, to water, telecommunications, and business...

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The Future of Nukes: Pandora's Promise or Peril?

Case Critical
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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The Navajo Generating Station: What Lies Ahead?

Case Critical
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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Keystone XL Pipeline: A Line in the Sand?

Case Critical
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...

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

Case Critical
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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Are droughts withering our resources?

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?

Join an...

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Are high gas prices here to stay?

Case Critical
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.

Moderated by: Ryan Randazzo,...

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