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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.

From the Bottom Up

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Chad Pregracke

  • Founder & CEO, Living Lands and Waters

Chad Pregracke grew up on the Mississippi River, and witnessed firsthand the neglect by those who use the river, including the accumulation of abandoned, toxic and otherwise dumped trash in and around the river. In 1997, he founded Living Lands and Waters, the world’s only “industrial...

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Making Art at the South Pole

Sustainability Series
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

Donald Fortescue

  • Professor of Art and Design; California College of the Arts, San Francisco

Donald Fortescue spent a summer at the South Pole working with the IceCube Neutrino Observatory — a giant array of photon detectors buried miles under the polar ice. Fortescue approaches art making and astrophysics as two congruent practices of so-called fieldwork — requiring that logistical...

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Sustainable Agricultural Pest Management: A Case Study in Argentina

Sustainability Series
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Eduardo Trumper

  • Insect Pest Management Research and Development Professional

Eduardo Trumper has 22 years’ experience at the National Institute for Agricultural Technology, Argentina, where he now coordinates a national pest-management project. Trained as a biologist at the National University of Cordoba, his areas of expertise include integrated pest management, insect ecology, and insect resistance to Bt...

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Healthy Spaces in Hot Places

Sustainability Series
Friday, October 13, 2017
8:30 a.m. Networking breakfast
9:00 - 10:15 a.m. talk

Jennifer Vanos

  • Assistant Professor, University of California-San Diego

Jennifer Vanos holds an interdisciplinary appointment spanning Human Health and Climate Science between Family Medicine and Public Health and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Her research involves measurement and modeling of atmospheric and physiologic parameters to understand links between urban climate, design, and human health, with an emphasis on children’s health.


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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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State of the Charge: Battery Sustainability

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Carole Mars

  • Senior Research Lead, The Sustainability Consortium

Carole Mars' work at ASU's Sustainability Consortium investigates the sustainability issues and opportunities in manufactured goods supply chains, focusing on electronics and automotive industries, emphasizing product fate, end-of-life management, and the circular economy. She received a PhD in chemistry from Penn State and worked as a...

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Sustainable Strategies for Communities: An EPA Perspective

Sustainability Series
Thursday, September 21, 2017
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Karen Irwin

  • Sustainable Local Government Lead
  • U.S. EPA Region 9

John Katz

  • Pollution Prevention Coordinator
  • U.S. EPA Region 9

Karen Irwin works with local governments to advance sustainability objectives in waste and materials management, renewable energy on contaminated lands, and green streets. John Katz specializes in reducing toxins in products, environmentally preferable purchasing, and pollution-prevention promotion for small and medium-sized businesses.

In this talk, Irwin and Katz will describe...

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No Need for Persuasion: Evidence of Mesoamerica's Changing Climate

Sustainability Series Biodiversity Outcomes
Friday, September 15, 2017
3:30 - 4:45 p.m.

Edwin Castellanos

  • Professor; Director of Center for Environmental Studies and Biodiversity, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala

Edwin Castellanos has researched adaptation and mitigation to climate change in Guatemala for the past 20 years. He was a lead author in the IPCC 5th report on climate change for the chapter on Central and South America.

In this talk, Castellanos will discuss adaptation and mitigation efforts currently underway in...

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Post-Carbon Cities of Tomorrow: The German Experience

Sustainability Series
Friday, September 15, 2017
Breakfast: 8:30 a.m.
Discussion: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Ursel Luensmann-Pielke

  • Senior Consultant, Coordination Centre for Climate Issues, Hamburg Ministry of Environment and Energy

Klaus Hoppe

  • Consultant, City of Freiburg

This event is at capacity. Available seats will be released at 8:50 a.m. Please arrive early to ensure a seat.

The Paris Accords taught us that the fight against climate change can be won when the world community commits to supporting local efforts. At the same time as the national...

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Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Global Systems Evaluation

Sustainability Series Environmental Humanities
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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Affordable Housing, Health, and Happiness in Arizona: Barriers and Opportunities

Stardust Sustainability Series
Thursday, September 7, 2017
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Scott Cloutier

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Assistant Professor in the School of Sustainability

Deirdre Pfeiffer

  • Associate Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

Val Iverson

  • Executive Director of Arizona Housing Coalition

Meagan Ehlenz

  • Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Assistant Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

In this talk, experts Scott Cloutier, Deirdre Pfeiffer, Val Iverson and Meagan Ehlenz will offer insights and unravel myths on affordable housing in Arizona. The conversation will touch on the interlinkages between affordable housing, wellbeing, happiness, community and connection. Following the discussion,...

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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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