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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.

Designing with Nature: How Biophilic Design Improves Lives

Sustainability Series
Thursday February 2, 2017
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Joe Zazzera

  • Certified Biomimicry Professional
  • LEED AP ID+C

Sonja Bochart

  • Principal, sonja bochart wellbeing+design
  • IIDA, LEED AP BD&C, WELL AP

This event has reached capacity. Available seats will be released 5 min. before start time.

Joe Zazzera is contagiously enthusiastic about “re-connecting people and nature.” As the founding principal of Plant Solutions Inc., he designs living walls, indoor atriums, living plantscapes and moss wall art. His mission is to create working...

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Reducing Climate Change Impacts in Nepal and Peru

Sustainability Series
Friday, February 24, 2017
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Alton C. Byers

  • Sr. Research Associate, Institute for Arctic & Alpine Research & Co-Manager, High Mountains Adaptation Partnership, University of Colorado at Boulder

Daene C. McKinney

  • Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Geographer Alton Byers is a conservationist and mountaineer specializing in high-altitude ecosystems, climate change, and integrated conservation and development programs.

Engineer Daene McKinney's research interests are in sustainable management of water resources, especially the problems of water security in high-mountain glaciated basins.

Glaciated, high-mountain regions provide critical water and ecosystem services...

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Nature and Wealth: Overcoming Environmental Scarcity and Inequality

Sustainability Series
Thursday, March 2, 2017
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Edward B. Barbier

  • John S. Bugas Professor of Economics, University of Wyoming

Edward Barbier is a leading economic thinker and widely published author on the role of natural resources in economic development and on policies for promoting green and sustainable growth. In 2015, Barbier was inaugurated as a Fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.

The world economy today...

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The Rocky Mountain Locust: From Profusion to Mysterious Extinction

Sustainability Series
Thursday, March 2, 2017
3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

Jeffrey Lockwood

  • Professor of Natural Sciences & Humanities, Director of the Creative Writing Program, University of Wyoming

Jeffrey Lockwood earned a PhD in entomology from Louisiana State University and worked for 15 years as an insect ecologist at the University of Wyoming. In 2003, he metamorphosed into a Professor of Natural Sciences & Humanities in the Department of Philosophy, where he teaches environmental ethics and philosophy of...

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The Geography of Sustainable Entrepreneurship

Sustainability Series
Thursday, March 23, 2017
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Michael V. Russo

  • Professor of Sustainable Management, Lundquist College of Business at the University of Oregon

Michael Russo has served as the Founding Director of the Center for Sustainable Business Practices. Mr. Russo's academic research focuses on the interaction of environmental, social, and political influences and entrepreneurship.

In this lecture, he will be discussing how the Indigenous local values and culture are underappreciated...

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

Sustainability Series
Wednesday, March 29, 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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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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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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Living the "Farm Sanctuary" Life

Sustainability Series
Monday, January 16, 2017
7:00 - 8:15 p.m.

Gene Baur

  • President, Farm Sanctuary

Gene Baur, co-founder and president of Farm Sanctuary, a rescue, refuge, and adoption center for farm animals, has been hailed as "the conscience of the food movement" by Time magazine. For over 25 years, he has traveled extensively around the US, campaigning to raise awareness about...

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Farm Animal Welfare: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Sustainability Series
Thursday January, 12, 2017
3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

Nancy Roulston

  • Director of Corporate Engagement, Farm Animal Welfare, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO SPEAKER CANCELLATION.


Nancy Roulston sparks companies to improve their animal welfare practices and helps consumers identify humane products with the "Shop With Your Heart" program. Before joining the ASPCA, she was an animal-welfare consultant with international...

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Revolution in the Desert: How Arizona Improved the Lives of Farm Animals

Sustainability Series
Friday, December 2, 2016
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Paul Shapiro

  • Vice President, Humane Society of the United States

This event is near capacity. Please arrive early to ensure a seat.

Paul Shapiro has played an integral role in many successful legislative and corporate campaigns to improve public health and the plight of farmed animals. He’s also authored dozens of articles about animal welfare in publications ranging...

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Help Envision Tempe's 5th Street Streetscape

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

The City of Tempe is collecting input to improve pedestrian, bike, and transit facilities, enhance the streetscape and traffic-calming features on 5th Street between Farmer and College avenues.

The final design will envision a buildable project that strives to enhance landscaping, increase and improve bicycle, pedestrian, and transit access, improve...

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Urban Gardens Talk & Tour

Sustainability Series Food Systems
Saturday, November 19, 2016
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Maya Dailey

  • Owner of Maya's Farm

Maya’s Farm is a small, family enterprise owned by Maya Dailey. The farm is situated on nearly seven acres and nestles up to South Mountain Park in Phoenix, Arizona. The site is an ancient river bed, where sandy soils and natural Artesian wells create a perfect growing...

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Sustainability in the Coca-Cola System

Sustainability Series
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Nicole Smith

  • Coca-Cola Sustainability Manager and Customer Collaborations

Nicole Smith's career with Coca-Cola Refreshments started with her managing data for manufacturing facilities, leading energy and water efficiency training and initiatives as well as working on the recycling program. She has since transitioned to Coca-Cola North America, where she partners with customer teams to collaborate on sustainability projects.

In this...

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Urban Gardens Talk & Tour

Food Systems Sustainability Series
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

Maya Dailey

  • Owner of Maya's Farm

Maya’s Farm is a small, family enterprise owned by Maya Dailey. The farm is sustainably operated and produces high-quality specialty vegetables, herbs, flowers and eggs for local markets, restaurants and schools.

Before she began to nurture crops, Maya’s interest was nurturing people. She entered nursing school after obtaining...

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