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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.

Toward a Sustainable Future: More Management, Less Technology

Sustainability Series
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Ricardo Aguirre

  • Founder, Holistic Engineering and Land Management, Inc.

Degraded land (desertification) occurs in an ecosystem out of balance, where both water and nutrient cycles have become ineffective. To mitigate these symptoms, engineers continue to use “Band-Aid” strategies that adversely impact the environment while imposing high initial and reoccurring costs.

In contrast, Ricardo Aguirre aims to integrate natural...

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Free Film Screening: A Prayer for Compassion

Sustainability Series
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Film begins at 7:00 p.m.

This moving film follows Thomas Jackson's journey across the U.S., as well as to the UN Climate Change Conference in Morocco and India, as he draws upon a wealth of religious traditions to understand how we can lessen the effects of climate change through compassion.

View the trailer here...

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Free Film Screening: Right to Harm

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Film begins at 7:00 p.m.

From the filmmakers of SUSTAINABLE, the new documentary RIGHT TO HARM tells the riveting stories of five rural communities, exposing the devastating public health impacts that factory farming has on many disadvantaged citizens across the United States.

Click here to view the trailer.

The film's...

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AZ ECO Fashion Week: Panel Discussion

Sustainability Series
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Colin Tetreault

  • Principal, S2 Consulting, LLC
  • Chair of Environmental Quality and Sustainability Commission, City of Phoenix

Jessica Kosak

  • Technical Development Manager of Clothing, Footwear, and Textiles, The Sustainability Consortium

Laura Tanzer (Moderator)

  • Sustainable Fashion Designer, Laura Tanzer Designs

Join us for an expert panel discussion on sustainability issues and solutions in the fashion and textile related industries.

This event is a part of Arizona Eco Fashion Week, from April 22-27, where sustainable Arizona fashion brands and experts will unite for a week of education, engagement and entertainment...

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Sustainability Plus - Beyond the Environment

Sustainability Series
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

LeRoy Hollenbeck

  • Director Social Responsibility and Community Development, Freeport McMoRan

LeRoy Hollenbeck has decades of international development experience, as he has worked with national, regional and local authorities on strengthening capacity of local institutions, developing agricultural systems, and managing the local environment to combat climate change.

In his talk, Hollenbeck will discuss his time working in international development arena and the...

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Free Film Screening: Point of No Return

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Film starts at 7:00 p.m.

Soaring at 28,000 feet without a drop of fuel, nothing is predictable. Not the weather, not the technology. And certainly not the fate of a man, alone for five days in a fragile, first-of-its-kind aircraft with nothing but ocean below.

Point of No Return takes you behind the...

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Be the Ten Percent

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Patrick McWhortor

  • President & CEO, Cosanti Foundation/Arcosanti

Patrick McWhortor is an Arizona change agent, who has founded and led many local and national nonprofit organizations and served on many nonprofit boards. He has a passion for building community, developing innate leadership, and living holistically with nature.

Thirty years ago, management guru Peter Drucker declared nonprofits to be the...

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The Whole Community: Mitigation and Disaster Recovery

Sustainability Series
Monday, March 18, 2019
1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Allison Boyd

  • Levee Project Manager, Multnomah County; Urban Planner, Community Sustainability and Disaster Resiliency

Corey Hawkey

  • Assistant Director, University Sustainability Practices, Arizona State University

Robert Rowley

  • Director, Maricopa County Emergency Management

Hans Silberschlag

  • Former Assistant Fire Chief and Fire Marshall, Tempe Fire Medical Rescue; Chair, Fire Science and EMT Department, Mesa Community College

Melanie Gall (Moderator)

  • Co-Director, Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Arizona State University

Join us at the second of three panel discussions on local emergency management across all phases – preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. This panel of county, municipal and university experts will discuss best practices for local-governments, who engage with the community in planning for disaster recovery and mitigation as well...

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China's Reform and Opening-up at Forty: The State Strikes Back?

Sustainability Series
Thursday, March 14, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. HST

Hideo Ohashi

  • Visiting Scholar, East West Center Research Program

With the exhaustion of surplus labor, China is now aiming at innovation-driven economic growth. Resurgent state dominance seems to be diminishing the vital role of the market and private firms, however. By highlighting the dual traps—the middle-income trap and the regime-transition trap—the presentation assesses China’s efforts at reform and opening-up...

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Squaring the Circular Economy

Sustainability Series
Thursday, March 14, 2019
9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Paul Bolger

  • Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork, Ireland

Paul Bolger has worked across academia, industry, and government to develop long-term research solutions for global sustainability challenges. He is currently on a US-Ireland Fulbright scholarship to study how sustainability research institutes engage interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research to achieve more robust research outcomes.

Total global consumption exceeds the planet’s regenerative capacity...

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Improving Educational Opportunities in Remote Pacific Islands: The SolarSPELL Digital Library

Sustainability Series
Friday, March 8, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. HST

Laura Hosman

  • Associate Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University

The Pacific Islands are globally regarded as a barometer and first line of impact for climate change. In addition to their geographic predisposition to extreme weather events, the remote and isolated nature of these islands creates infrastructural challenges—such as lack of internet connectivity—which contribute to educational challenges. Education is critical...

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Ocean Conservation in a Changing Climate

Sustainability Series
Thursday,, February 28, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. HST

'Aulani Wilhelm

  • Senior Vice President for Oceans, Conservation International

There have been many innovations in ocean conservation, but in a rapidly changing climate, these now-conventional methods and approaches will not be enough to keep up with the accelerated pace of change.

'Aulani Wilhelm has spent over 20 years dedicated to natural-resource management. In her current position at Conservation International (CI),...

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The Whole Community: Emergency Preparedness and Response

Sustainability Series
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Beth Boyd

  • Regional Disaster Officer, American Red Cross; Chair of Arizona Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster

Sheri Gibbons

  • Director of Emergency Preparedness for ASU; Former Emergency Management Coordinator, Town of Gilbert

Robert Rowley

  • Director for the Maricopa County Department of Emergency Management

Dan Neely

  • Manager of Community Resilience and Group Recovery Manager, Wellington Region Emergency Management Office, New Zealand

Brian Gerber (moderator)

  • Co-Director, ASU Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security; Associate Professor at ASU's College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Join the Hazards and Disasters XChange Collaboratory for the first of three panel discussions on local emergency management across all phases – preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. Representatives from University, nonprofits, as well as municipal and county governments, will discuss best practices for building a culture of preparedness and response...

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An Algorithm of Life: Exploring Empathy, Sustainability, and Change Making!

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Parag Mankeekar

  • Founding Director, Neeti Solutions

Parag Mankeekar is a social-tech entrepreneur trained as a medical, public-health professional, and anthropologist. He has tackled health and social challenges while developing multidisciplinary hospitals and social enterprises.

RealLives is a data-driven, interactive life simulation that enables players to virtually live out a life, as experienced...

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The 8 Attributes of Successful Sustainability Leadership

Sustainability Series
Monday, February 25, 2019
3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

Bob Langert

  • Retired McDonald’s VP of CSR & Sustainability

Bob Langert is widely known as a CSR (Corporate-Social Responsibility) subject matter expert and leader, and is the author of The Battle To Do Good: Inside McDonald’s Sustainability Journey.

In his talk, Langert will discuss McDonald’s turbulent journey to try to be a responsible company over the past three...

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