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.
- 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...
William W. Goldsmith
- Professor Emeritus, Cornell University
William Goldsmith taught City and Regional Planning at Cornell and also at universities in Colombia, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and Italy. His research focuses on regional underdevelopment worldwide and on race and ethnicity, poverty, and inequality in U.S. cities.
In this talk, Goldsmith will reinterpret the arguments in his...
- Veteran journalist, researcher, and writer
Journalist Carey Gillam. has delved into the big business of food and agriculture for 25 years. As a former senior correspondent for Reuters’ International news service and current research director for the nonprofit U.S. Right to Know, Gillam specializes in uncovering both the risks and rewards of the evolving...
Megan Epler Wood
- Director, International Sustainable Tourism Initiative at the Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Megan Epler Wood leads Harvard's applied research program on sustainable tourism, addressing the sustainability consequences of rapid tourism growth worldwide. Since 2002, her company, EplerWood International, has undertaken ecotourism consulting work in Asia, Africa, and Latin America guiding sustainable tourism development in high biodiversity regions. Her firm brings...
- 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...
- Assistant Director, University Sustainability Practices, Arizona State University
- Program Coordinator, Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative, Duke University
- Founder and CEO, Urban Offsets Inc.
- Southwest Rockies Program Associate, National Forest Foundation
Academic institutions employ carbon credits to help offset their emissions footprints. ASU and Duke University have collaborated to develop carbon-offset projects with local impact and national replicability through urban forestry. These two leading universities aim to reduce the costs and barriers to local carbon offset projects and make them more...
Past Sustainability Series Events
- 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...
- Assistant Professor, University of California-San Diego
Dr. 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- Sustainable Local Government Lead
- U.S. EPA Region 9
- 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...
- 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...
- Senior Consultant, Coordination Centre for Climate Issues, Hamburg Ministry of Environment and Energy
- 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...
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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