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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.

Natural Capital in China

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Shi Han

  • Assistant Professor, City University of Hong Kong and Visiting Scholar, ASU’s School of Sustainability

Shi Han is an industrial ecologist who examines the application of eco-industrial development and the circular economy and their implications for resource efficiency and climate change in China. He consults for the UN, Asian Development Bank, World Bank, European Commission, AusAID, and multinational companies. He’s the founding director...

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On Behalf of Nature: Ecological Artwork

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
12:00 - 1:15 p.m

Meredith Monk

  • Artistic Director of the House Foundation; founder of Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble; Composer, Singer, Director/Choreographer

A pioneer in "extended vocal technique" and "interdisciplinary performance," Meredith Monk creates works that thrive at the intersection of music and movement, image and object, light and sound. Her groundbreaking exploration of the voice as an instrument, as an eloquent language in and of itself, expands the boundaries of musical...

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Revolutions that Made the Earth

Sustainability Series
Thursday, January 21, 2016
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Tim Lenton

  • Chair of Climate Change/Earth System Science
    University of Exeter, UK

Earth system scientist Tim Lenton is the co-author, along with Andrew Watson, of Revolutions that Made the Earth, a book he considers an antidote to the current string of depressing and apocalyptic books about climate change.

His work identifying the tipping elements in the climate system won the Times...

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Urban Gardens Talk & Tour Finale

Sustainability Series
Thursday, December 3, 2015
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Justin Rohner

  • CEO and Founder, Agriscaping Technologies

Darren Chapman

  • CEO and Founder, TigerMountain Foundation

Ken Singh

  • Owner and Operator, Singh Farms

To wrap up our Urban Garden Talk & Tour series, join visionary farmers Justin Rohner, Darren Chapman, and Ken Singh as they share their varying perspectives on urban yards, gardens, and farms.

Justin Rohner has always been a bit of an innovator, an artist, and an entrepreneur. He was recently named one...

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Food Sustainability Events

Sustainability Series Food Systems

Monday, September 21

Urban Gardens Talk and Tour: Justin Rohner
Landscaping Reinvented: Elegant-Edible-Sustainable
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe
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Monday, October 5

Dianna Cohen
Tough Truths About Plastic Pollution
Doors open 3:30 p.m., Lecture begins 4:00 p.m.
Arizona Ballroom, Memorial Union, Arizona State University, Tempe campus
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Tuesday, October 6

Farmers Market@ASU...

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Transnational Climate Governance and the Global 500

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Lily Hsueh

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs

As a public-policy scholar and environmental economist, Hsueh investigates market-based and nonregulatory policies whereby businesses, consumers, and environmental groups can impact environmental protection. In parallel with the top-down, intergovernmental talks at the UN climate change conference in Paris, a “Climate Solutions Hub” will showcase concrete solutions and innovations that...

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How Can the Humanities Save the Planet?

Sustainability Series
Monday, November 23, 2015
10:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Sir Jonathan Bate

  • Biographer, Broadcaster, Critic, Shakespearean Scholar, and Playwright

Renowned Shakespearean and Eco-Critic, Sir Jonathan Bate, has been a Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge; King Alfred Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool; and Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature at the University of Warwick. He has held visiting posts at Yale and UCLA and...

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Urban Gardens Talk & Tour

Sustainability Series Food Systems
Thursday, November 19, 2015
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Ken Singh

  • Owner and Operator of Singh Farms

Tales of Soil & Seed

Join us for a freewheeling conversation with Ken Singh: farmer, visionary, restorer of soils, and teacher of organic farming.

Light refreshments will be served

In addition to the talk at Nush, there will be a tour of Singh Farms, on Saturday, November 21, 2015, requiring a separate RSVP...

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Greening the College Football Championship

Sustainability Series
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
10:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Jack Groh

  • Sustainability Consultant, College Football Playoff

Under Jack Groh’s leadership, the College Football Championship game, played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale on January 11th, will be a zero-waste event. Groh’s coming to ASU to describe his plans for greening the championship, and he needs your help on game day! Join us for pastries...

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Thriving in a Water-Stressed World

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Matt Howard

  • Director, Alliance for Water Stewardship - North America

We live in a water-stressed world and water-related risks surround us. Our economy is undergoing a shift in production and supply chains as water issues force companies to rethink their stewardship of water resources. How can we identify water risks and opportunities and, ultimately, mitigate those risks at industrial, agricultural,...

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Stop Making Buildings

Sustainability Series
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Begins at 6:00 p.m.

Aaron Betsky

  • Dean, Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture

A critic of art, architecture, and design, Aaron Betsky is the author of over a dozen books on those subjects and writes a blog, “Beyond Buildings” for as an architect and in the humanities at Yale, Betsky was previously the Director of the Cincinnati...

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