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Sustainability Events

Events associated with the ASU Global Futures Initiative

Global Futures Special Seminar: Convergence Science, Big Ideas and Emerging Research Opportunities in the Geosciences at NSF

Global Futures
Thursday, April 18, 2019
2:15 - 3:15 p.m. (Session 1)
3:15 - 4:15 p.m. (Session 2)

William Easterling

  • Assistant Director of Geosciences, National Science Foundation

In this talk, Easterling will describe how NSF, together with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), are the primary US federal agencies promoting fundamental, curiosity-driven research. Encouragement by the research community, the public and its elected leaders has led to the expansion of the NSF mission to support research that...

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Global Futures Special Session: A Conversation with NSF Assistant Director, William Easterling

Global Futures
Thursday, April 18, 2019
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

William Easterling

  • Assistant Director of Geosciences, National Science Foundation

This special event provides an important opportunity for early career faculty, postdocs, and PhD candidates to learn more about the National Science Foundation (NSF). Hear directly from NSF Assistant Director William Easterling (Directorate of Geosciences, GEO) about upcoming opportunities and how your research proposal ideas fit into NSF initiatives. Note...

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Global Futures Special Seminar: Climate, Water, Technology and Financial Risk: Emerging Strategies for the 21st Century

Global Futures
Thursday, February 7, 2019
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Dr. Upmanu Lall

  • Director of the Columbia Water Center and the Alan and Carol Silberstein Professor of Engineering, and the Chair of the Dept. of Earth & Environmental Engineering at Columbia University

In this talk Dr. Upmanu Lall will discuss how humanity faces an existential challenge with safe access to water for ecology, food security, mining, industry, and human use. It is an issue that aggravates the inequality of nations and of populations within nations. The changing climate looms as...

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Global Futures Special Seminar: Bridging Divides to Sustainably Manage Natural Capital

Global Futures
Thursday, January 31, 2019
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Jane "Carter" Ingram

  • Senior Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, Ernst and Young

Sustainably managing natural capital and securing the benefits it provides often requires bridging diverse disciplines and sectors. This talk will focus on bridging divides to sustainably manage coastal ecosystems that contribute to storm protection through interdisciplinary, multi-sectoral research collaborations and strategic engagement with private and public sector decision makers.

Jane “Carter”...

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Global Futures Special Seminar: Sustainability, Infrastructure, and Finance - Searching for Sustainable Solutions to Environmental and Social Challenges

Global Futures
Thursday, January 24, 2019
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

John Tobin-de la Puente

  • Professor of Practice of Corporate Sustainability, Charles Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management/Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, Cornell University

In this talk, Professor Tobin will discuss how research in conservation biology and banking has led to collaborations between environmentalists, academics, and finance professionals aimed at developing sustainability solutions and, more broadly, will examine ways in which private capital may be leveraged to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

John...

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Global Futures Special Seminar: Global Sustainability Challenges and Pathways

Global Futures
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Olcay Ünver

  • Deputy Director, Land and Water Division, Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations

Since The Limits to Growth was published in 1972, the notion of global thresholds beyond which growth would be impossible has been highly discussed and disputed. Recently, lessons learned from the industrial revolutions and the “green revolution” led scientists to tackle Earth system complexities through the introduction of a “safe...

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Global Futures Special Seminar: Sustainability Solutions - Mixing the Right Ingredients for Success

Global Futures
Thursday, January 17, 2019
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Maureen McCarthy

  • Research Director, Water Sustainability, Climate & Agriculture University of Nevada, Reno and Desert Research Institute

As our world warms, challenges to the survival and well-being of species, societies, and nature on our planet continue to mount. Action is required to prevent further degradation, repair existing damage, and mitigate future impacts. Mixing the right ingredients - social, physical and natural science knowledge, Indigenous wisdom, technologies, education,...

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Global Futures Special Seminar: Can We Sustainably Feed the World in 2050? Yes We Can, But It Won't be Easy

Global Futures
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
2:00 - 3:00 p..m.

Mark Bernstein

  • Director, Proteus Environmental Technologies

The general consensus is that we will struggle to feed the world by 2050, and it would be made more difficult if we shift to more sustainable agriculture. In this talk Bernstein will provide a high-level overview of the key issues and problems in food and why the problem is...

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