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Sustainability Events

Sustainability Series speakers discuss a range of environmental, social, and economic topics at these events, sponsored or co-sponsored by the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.

Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Global Systems Evaluation

Sustainability Series
Thursday, September 14, 2017
4:30 - 5:45 p.m.

Michael Quinn Patton

  • Expert & Consultant, Utilization-Focused Evaluation; Author, Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use

How can we measure impact in complex, global scale projects that grapple with climate change, terrorism, human rights, public health, or energy transitions? Traditional evaluation, in terms of standardized goals, rigid models and constraining rules, often impedes leadership and adaptability when we are responding to a rapidly changing world. Mechanistic...

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Urban Garden Talk: Arizona Microgreens

Sustainability Series Food Systems
Thursday, October 19, 2017
6:00 - 7:15 p.m.

Joseph Martinez

  • Co-founder, Arizona Microgreens

Arizona Microgreens, founded by brothers Joseph Martinez and David Redwood, produces organically-grown microgreens for individuals and restaurants throughout Arizona. Located within the greenhouse at the Brooks Community School, Arizona Microgreens operates as a social enterprise that creates employment opportunities for the local community and contributes to the financial...

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Urban Garden Tour: Arizona Microgreens

Sustainability Series
Saturday, October 21, 2017
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Joseph Martinez

  • Co-founder, Arizona Microgreens

In addition to the Urban Garden Talk with Arizona Microgreens, we will offer a tour of the greenhouse where the microgreens are produced. Microgreens are vegetables and herbs grown for just a few weeks, and Arizona Microgreens uses an organic and natural process on their crops. The microgreens...

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Sustaining Indus Valley Cultures

Sustainability Series Decision Center for a Desert City
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Vijay Paranjpye

  • Professor Emeritus, Development Economics and Environmental Science, University of Pune, India
  • Chairman, Gomukh Environmental Trust for Sustainable Development

Vijay Paranjpye's career has focused on social, economic and ecological impacts of development, water-resource planning. A keen mountaineer, he is deeply involved in advocacy and public interest litigation for nature conservation.

The Indus River Valley supplies water for one-third of the population living in Tibet (China), Pakistan, parts of Afghanistan,...

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Barriers and Benefits of New Technologies for Affordable Housing

Sustainability Series Stardust
Thursday, April 27, 2017
5:30 - 6:45 p.m.

Christopher Frettoloso

  • Sustainability Consultant & Partner at BetR-blok, LLC

Scott Cloutier

  • Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability

Deirdre Pfeiffer

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

Joanna Lucio

  • Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs, College of Public Service & Community Solutions

In this talk, Christopher Frettoloso will introduce BetR-Blok, LLC, an alternative building material that is affordable and sustainable, as well discuss the benefits and barriers for industry acceptance. In addition, experts Scott Cloutier, Deirdre Pfeiffer, and Joanna Lucio will offer...

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The “Art” of Human Capacity in Sustainability Careers

Sustainability Series
Thursday, April 27, 2017
3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

John Hofmeister

  • Former President, Shell Oil Company; Former Group Director Human Resources, Royal Dutch Shell; Distinguished Sustainability Fellow, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

John Hofmeister is a business leader who has participated in the inner workings of multiple industries for over 35 years. He retired from Shell Oil Company in 2008 to found and head the nationwide nonprofit group, Citizens for Affordable Energy. This public-policy education firm promotes sound energy...

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The Humane Economy

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
7:00 - 8:15 p.m.

Wayne Pacelle

  • President and CEO, Humane Society of the United States

Wayne Pacelle leads the nation’s largest and most effective animal-protection organization. He has helped pass more than 1,000 state laws to advance the organization’s mission and negotiated agreements with dozens of the nation’s biggest corporations from McDonald’s to Armani. Pacelle is a New York Times bestselling author who...

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Fashionably Impoverished: A Conscious Conversation

Sustainability Series
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Tracey Martin

  • Designer, Sustainability Life Strategist & Wellness Coach
  • Founder, Threads of Evolution
  • Speaker and Eco-Entrepreneur

Tracey Martin is a renowned public speaker on sustainability in the fashion industry. She has founded three successful ecologically responsible clothing and accessory brands. Her latest project involves changing the way we dye textiles. Frustrated with the lack of transparency in the current "organic/low impact" dye process, she decided...

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Creating a Business That Thinks Like a Tree: Clif Bar’s Journey Toward Sustainability

Sustainability Series
Tuesday April, 18, 2017
2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Elysa Hammond

  • Director of Environmental Stewardship, Clif Bar and Company

Elysa Hammond is the founder of Clif Bar's sustainability program and leads the company’s efforts to reduce their environmental impact, create a green-powered supply chain, achieve zero waste and grow support for organic, sustainable food systems.


In this talk, Elysa will discuss the development of Clif Bar’s unique five-aspiration...

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Sustainability Leadership: Managing for the 21st Century

Sustainability Series
Friday, April 14, 2017
1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

George Denise

  • Director of Operations, Director of Sustainability, Oracle

George Denise, an advocate for sustainability and high-performance building operations, has been instrumental in 26 LEED certifications, 17 at the platinum level. He and/or the buildings under his management have also been the recipients of many awards, including the Building Owners and Managers Association’s International Earth Award, CoreNet...

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Synthetic Sea, Synthetic Me: Plastic on your Dinner Plate

Sustainability Series
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Anna Cummins

  • Co-Founder, The 5 Gyres Institute

Anna Cummins brings her 20 years of sustainability education, passion, and adventure to solving the plastic-pollution crisis.

In this talk, Anna will share the current state of plastic pollution in the world's oceans based on 5 Gyres' original research and engage the ASU community in getting...

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The Tempe Grease Cooperative: The Future of Sustainable Sewers and Organics Recovery

Sustainability Series
Thursday, April 6, 2017
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

David McNeil

  • Environmental Services Manager, City of Tempe

David McNeil has led Tempe's industrial pretreatment, stormwater, cross-connection, environmental-monitoring, environmental regulatory compliance, and grease-cooperative programs for nearly two decades.

McNeil is most known for his award-winning work on the Tempe Grease Cooperative (TGC), an innovative green partnership with the restaurants in Tempe to better manage their fats, oils, and grease...

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Why MeatLess is More

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Kristie Middleton

  • Senior Director of Food Policy, Humane Society of the U.S.

In addition to her work with HSUS, Kristie Middleton is the author of the forthcoming book, MeatLess: Transform the Way You Eat and Live—One Meal at a Time. She has partnered with the nation’s biggest school districts—including Los Angeles, Detroit, and Boston—to implement plant-based initiatives such as Meatless Mondays.

A growing...

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Urban Garden Tour: Garden Pool

Sustainability Series
Saturday, April 1, 2017
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Dennis McClung

  • President and Founder of Garden Pool, NPO

In addition to the Urban Garden Pool Talk, we will offer a tour of Mr. McClung's Garden Pool. The Garden Pool is a federally recognized international public nonprofit charity dedicated to research and education of sustainable ways to grow food. Mr. McClung will take you through the...

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Urban Garden Talk: Garden Pool

Sustainability Series
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

Dennis McClung

  • President and Founder of Garden Pool, NPO

In 2009, Dennis McClung bought his first home in Mesa; it came with a big, broken pool. He converted the empty pool into a closed-loop, food-producing urban greenhouse. In the process, he inspired a community and created a nonprofit organization dedicated to researching and teaching sustainable ways of growing food.

In...

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