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Sustainability Events

Hosted by the Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems, this series explores a variety of topics including global food security, ecosystem services, new industry dynamics and agricultural technology innovations. These events are designed to provide insights for policymakers and facilitate conversations about transforming the food and agriculture sector.

We Are What We Eat: Teaching Slow Food Values in a Fast Food Culture

Wrigley Lecture Series Future of Food
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
2:30 p.m. Doors Open
3:00 - 4:15 p.m. Lecture
4:15 - 5:00 p.m. Reception & Book Signing

Alice Waters

  • Chef, Restaurateur, Activist and Author

Famed chef Alice Waters is the founder and owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California. She has been a champion of local sustainable agriculture for over four decades. In 1995 Waters founded the Edible Schoolyard Project, which advocates for free school lunches for all...

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The Elusive Brass Ring of Global Food Security: How to Improve Dexterity to Reach the SDGs?

Future of Food
Monday, December 10, 2018
4:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Rajiv J. Shah

  • President, The Rockefeller Foundation

Kathleen Merrigan

  • Executive Director, Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems, Arizona State University

The Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems welcomes Rockefeller Foundation President Rajiv Shah for a discussion about the future of food. Shah will highlight the Foundation's new food initiative underway to reimagine global food systems that can provide sustainable, healthy food for our planet and he will share strategies to...

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Measuring What Matters in Agriculture and Food Systems: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Agriculture and Food

Future of Food
Monday, December 10, 2018
12:30 - 2:00 p.m. ET (10:30 a.m - 12:00 p.m. AZ)

Alexander Mueller

  • TEEB Agrifood Study Leader and Managing Director, TMG - Thinktank for Sustainability

Kathleen Merrigan

  • Executive Director, Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems, Arizona State University

Agri-food value chains are dynamically linked with socio-economic, cultural and ecological systems – from the local to the global level. These coupled ‘eco-agri-food’ systems provide income and wellbeing for more people than any other economic sector. At the same time, they shape the health of both people and the planet...

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Growing Cooperative Businesses in Arizona

Sustainability@ASU Future of Food
Friday, December 7, 2018
9:00 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Workshop
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Bakery Cooperative Information Session

The Sustainable Local Food Economies and Enterprises Lab is hosting a workshop with the Arizona Cooperative Initiative to bring together groups and individuals who are either already involved in cooperative businesses in Arizona or interested in getting involved. The event consists of panel discussions and a participatory workshop, and will...

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Innovations Talk: Beef Sustainability and Ranching in Arizona

Future of Food Sustainability@ASU
Monday, November 26, 2018
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

The U.S. beef industry has been committed to measuring and improving its sustainability for the past decade through the Beef Checkoff’s sustainability research program. This presentation will highlight information on beef’s greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, water use, and cattle’s protein upcycling abilities.

Join us for presentations and a panel featuring...

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The World That Food Made

Wrigley Lecture Series Future of Food
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Raj Patel

  • Research Professor, Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin; Senior Research Associate, Rhodes University, South Africa

Raj Patel is an award-winning writer, activist and academic. With degrees from the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics and Cornell University, he has worked for the World Bank and WTO—and protested against them around the world. In 2016, Patel was recognized with a James Beard...

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School of Sustainability Alumni - Community Garden Maintenance & Harvest

School of Sustainability Sustainability@ASU Future of Food
Saturday, November 10, 2018
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Interested in gardening? Want a way to contribute to your community? Interested in meeting fun, sustainability-oriented people? Then join us for the School of Sustainability Alumni Monthly Community Garden Harvest Day!

Help us give back to the community of Tempe by putting in a couple hours of yard work at...

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Urban Garden Talk: Biodiversity and Low Input Gardening

Sustainability Series Future of Food
Friday, November 9, 2018
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Jacq Davis

  • Gardener

In 2011, Jacq and her husband bought a house in Tempe and decided to jump into gardening by learning and applying multiple disciplines of natural gardening. From their early efforts, they have built themselves a high density food forest in the middle of the city, dubbed "the Epic...

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Wild Edible Botanicals of North America

Future of Food
Exhibit runs Nov. 6, 2018, to Jan. 31, 2019

A photographic survey of the wild edible botanicals of North America is on display at the Polytechnic campus library today through Jan. 31, 2019.

The artist is Jim Fike, a photographer who excavates plants, photographs them in his studio and digitally illustrates the photographs. He then renders the edible...

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Indigenous Food, Energy, and Water Security and Sovereignty: A Training Track for Students

Sustainability Series Future of Food
Thursday, November 1, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Karletta Chief

  • Associate Professor & Extension Specialist, University of Arizona Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Sciences

Dr. Karletta Chief (Diné) researches water in arid regions of Arizona and uses that knowledge in culturally sensitive ways to empower Native American communities.

In this talk, Dr. Chief will discuss Indigenous Food, Energy, and Water Security and Sovereignty or Indigi-FEWSS -- a graduate-student training program working with indigenous communities. In...

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Biomimicry Center Open House

Future of Food
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Open House
6:00 p.m. Gallery Talk

Stop by the Biomimicry Center's biomimetically remodeled space and discover how we’re spreading biomimicry seeds across campus connecting design, sustainability, biology, business, engineering, education and more. Learn about biomimicry in the desert, explore the "Designed to Move" exhibit, talk with biomimics, recharge and reconnect with nature, and find inspiration for...

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School of Sustainability Alumni - Community Garden Maintenance & Harvest

School of Sustainability Sustainability@ASU Future of Food
Saturday, October 13, 2018
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Interested in gardening? Want a way to contribute to your community? Interested in meeting fun, sustainability-oriented people? Then join us for the School of Sustainability Alumni Monthly Community Garden Harvest Day!

Help us give back to the community of Tempe by putting in a couple hours of yard work at...

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The Future of Water in Arizona

Water Future Future of Food
Thursday, October 11, 2018
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Dan Childers

  • Director, CAP LTER
  • Professor, School of Sustainability, ASU
  • Tres Rios Representative

Dave White

  • Director, Decision Center for a Desert City
  • Professor, School of Community Resources and Development, ASU

Cynthia Campbell

  • Water Resource Management Advisor, City of Phoenix

Charlie Ester

  • Surface Water Resource Manager, Salt River Project

Taimur Burki

  • Global Green Building Program Manager, Intel

Live streaming available! Click here for link.
Tune in at 4:45 p.m.

Residents of the Valley of the Sun do not truly feel the direct effects of the ongoing drought, due to effective water-resource management. However, we are now facing a critical moment for Arizona’s water resources, and ASU students,...

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A Whirlwind of Transformation in Food & Ag: What are the Greatest Opportunities for Positive Change?

Future of Food
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Kathleen A. Merrigan

  • Kelly and Brian Swette Professor of Sustainable Food Systems
  • Executive Director, Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems

James Rogers

  • CEO, Apeel Sciences

Brad Figel

  • VP of Public Affairs, Mars, Inc.
  • Governing Board Member, Sustainable Food Policy Alliance

Allison Kopf

  • CEO, Agrilyst

In the first of a five-part series, Merrigan will reflect on food trends, opportunities, and the role of the Swette Center as a leading voice for policy change and scientific research. Following her remarks, James Rogers, Brad Figel, and Allison Kopf will provide...

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Food & Thought: The President's Kitchen Cabinet

Future of Food
Friday, October 5, 2018
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Glimpse a fascinating piece of presidential history seen through the eyes of the African Americans who worked in the White House kitchens through the centuries. James Beard award-winning author Adrian Miller tells the stories of these behind-the-scenes chefs in a discussion of his book, The President's Kitchen Cabinet: The Story...

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