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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.

Urban Garden Tour: Beautifying Spaces with Vertical Gardens

Saturday, September 21, 2019
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Alex Billingsley

  • Owner and Inventor of Flower Street Urban Gardens

Please join us for a tour of Flower Street Urban Gardens lead by Alex Billingsley, it's owner and creator of an innovative vertical gardening system.

This Urban Garden Tour follows Alex Billingsley's Urban Garden Talk on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. If you would like to register for the talk,...

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The Whole Community: Managing Heat as a Critical Hazard

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Vjollca Berisha

  • Senior Epidemiologist, Maricopa County Department of Public Health, Office of Epidemiology

Braden Kay

  • Sustainability Director, City of Tempe

Jennifer Vanos

  • Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability

Brian Gerber (Moderator)

  • Co-Director, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program

Heat is increasingly recognized as a critical hazard globally – and here in the Phoenix metro area. This fall’s panel discussion series aims to understand heat as hazard and the state of current and best practices for local governments in mitigating heat risk for a sustainable quality of life and...

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Collective Impact and Regional Centers of Expertise

Thursday, October 3, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Kim Smith

  • Professor, Portland Community College Sylvania

Kim Smith, PhD is the co-founder of the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN), a UNU Regional Center of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development. In addition, she has represented the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the US Partnership for ESD, and United...

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The Big Five: Fighting for Animals on All Fronts

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Kitty Block

  • President & CEO of the Humane Society of the United States
  • CEO of Humane Society International

Kitty Block has worked with the Humane Society since 1992, first as a legal investigator to the investigations department, bringing cruelties such as horse slaughter and the killing of dogs and cats for their fur in China to light. Her efforts led to major policy reforms in those...

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Free Film Screening: Bag It

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Doors Open at 6:30 p.m.
Film Begins at 7:00 p.m.

Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes -- single-use bags that we mindlessly throw away without knowing the true environmental and human costs. The film Bag It follows "everyman" Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic world, discovering that virtually everything in modern society is made with plastic or...

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Why Most Vegans Are Ex-Vegans

Thursday, November 14, 2019
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

  • Bestselling Author, Podcaster, and Cultural Commentator

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s compassionate living philosophy is propelling plant-based eating into the mainstream and forever changing how we regard animals. A recognized expert and thought leader on the culinary, social, ethical, and practical aspects of living compassionately and healthfully, her newest book, The Joyful Vegan: How to...

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Why Most Vegans Are Ex-Vegans

Thursday, November 14, 2019
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

  • Bestselling Author, Podcaster, and Cultural Commentator

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s compassionate living philosophy is propelling plant-based eating into the mainstream and forever changing how we regard animals. A recognized expert and thought leader on the culinary, social, ethical, and practical aspects of living compassionately and healthfully, her newest book, The Joyful Vegan: How to...

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