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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.

Smithsonian Science in the Tropics

Sustainability Series Biodiversity Outcomes
Monday, April 25, 2016
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Matthew Larsen

  • Director, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Matthew Larsen earned a bachelor's degree in geology from Antioch College and PhD in geography at the University of Colorado in Boulder. From 2010 to 2014, Larsen served the U.S. Geological Survey as the Associate Director for Climate and Land-Use Change. Larsen has 80+ publications in the fields of natural...

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Carbon Mitigation, Carbon Reduction, and the Global Challenge of Clean Fossil Deployment

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

S. Julio Friedmann

  • Chief Energy Innovation Fellow, Lawrence Livermore National Lab

Recently stepping down from his role as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Friedmann was a senior executive at the DOE and is the nation’s expert on carbon capture, use, and storage (CCUS). He is an expert on clean-energy technology development and deployment, and has worked in China, India, Canada, the...

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Planetary Intelligence: Societal Responses to the Anthropocene

PlanetWorks Sustainability Series
Thursday, April 7, 2016
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Sir Crispin Tickell

  • Member, Board of Directors for Sustainability at ASU
  • Former British Diplomat
  • Fellow of the Oxford Martin School, Oxford University
  • Member of Oxford Martin School Advisory Council

The Anthropocene is the label for the brief geological period in which the human species has transformed – and is transforming – the surface of the Earth, land, sea, and sky. How we cope with the accumulating effects of our actions is a major issue for society and requires,...

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Food for Cities in the Anthropocene

Sustainability Series Food Systems
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Graeme Lang

  • Professor of Asian and International Studies
  • City University of Hong Kong (retired 2014)

Graeme Lang has developed and taught courses on: Sustainable Cities for the 21st Century; Energy, Environment and the Future; and Globalization and the Environment. He served on City University's Environment Committee, helped develop an Environmental Policy Studies undergraduate degree, and led the Department of Asian and International Studies.

As we move...

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Buildings of the Future

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

Patrick Phelan

  • Program Manager, US Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, Emerging Technologies
  • Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and Senior Sustainability Scientist, ASU

Nora Wang

  • Senior Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Patrick Phelan, is on leave from Arizona State University to assist the US Department of Energy in an applied R&D program focused on energy efficiency in buildings .He has been an ASU faculty member since 1996, with a previous stint as an National Science Foundation Program Director.

Beginning with...

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Sustainable Pest Management: A Challenge for Global Food Security

Sustainability Series
Thursday, March 31, 2016
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Alex Latchininsky

  • Professor of Entomology, University of Wyoming

Alex Latchininsky has devoted 36 years of his professional career to study and manage the ancient enemies of agriculture—grasshoppers and locusts. He is an international consultant with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization and conducts research and training across the world. As an extension entomologist, he is at the forefront...

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The Ecological City

Sustainability Series
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
12:00 - 1:15 p.m

Jonce Walker

  • Senior Project Manager, Terrapin Bright Green

Chris Starkey

  • Senior Project Manager, Terrapin Bright Green

Jonce Walker is an urban planner and sustainability professional who creates built environment solutions using cues from nature. Chris Starkey is a multi-disciplinary architect with deep knowledge of the environmental sciences.

The human experience of nature in American cities is too often distilled down to non-indigenous street trees, monoculture lawns, and...

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Envisioning the Future of Cellulosic Biofuels

Sustainability Series
Friday, March 18, 2016
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Nathan Parker

  • Assistant Research Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

Nathan Parker is an interdisciplinary researcher working to understand the possible futures for alternative transportation fuels and the transition pathways to those futures. He develops simulation models to envision alternative fuels production and distribution systems, as well as to evaluate their cost, economic viability, and environmental impacts.

Biofuels policies in...

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The Sound of Silence: Green Media and Climate Change

Sustainability Series
Thursday, March 17, 2016
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Gina Murphy-Darling

  • Founder and CEO, Mrs. Green's World

Gina Murphy-Darling, the creator and voice of Mrs. Green’s World, has been a leading voice for living more sustainably, as she educates and inspires thousands of listeners around the globe.

Mrs. Green's World is an internet-based environmental education platform, featuring radio podcasts that spotlight high-profile guests on the forefront...

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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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