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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.

Debating the Anthropocene

Sustainability Series
Thursday, January 25, 2018
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

John McNeill

  • Professor of History and University Professor,
  • Georgetown University

J.R. McNeill is an environmental historian at Georgetown University and currently President-elect of the American Historical Association. He is also a member of the Anthropocene Working Group of the International Union of the Geological Sciences. His latest book, co-authored with Peter Engelke, is The Great Acceleration:...

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Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World

Sustainability Series
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
7:00 - 8:15 p.m.
  • Author

Author Paul Shapiro tells the wild story of the race to create and commercialize cleaner, safer, sustainable meat—real meat—without the animals in his book Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World.. In this talk, Shapiro will detail from the entrepreneurial visionaries,...

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Mercy For Animals

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
7:00 - 8:15 p.m.

Nathan Runkle

  • Author; Founder & Chairman of the Board, Mercy for Animals

Nathan Runkle, executive director of Mercy For Animals, is a leading animal-rights advocate. Reared on an Ohio farm, Runkle has a long-held connection with farmed animals. After an animal abuse case involving a piglet slammed headfirst into a concrete floor during an agricultural project at a local...

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Change Management in the Face of a New Normal

Sustainability Series
Friday, February 9, 2018
9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Kit Batten

  • Climate Resilience Chief, Pacific Gas and Electric

Kit Batten is a recognized expert in climate-change policy with more than a decade of sustainability leadership. She currently leads a company-wide initiative to increase the climate resilience of PG&E’s operations and infrastructure, as well as that of the communities PG&E serves. Batten has a PhD in ecology...

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Free Film Screening: 70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green

Sustainability Series
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Film starts at 7:00 p.m.

For 70 years, there stood a Chicago public housing community known as Cabrini Green.

Home to thousands, misunderstood by millions, Cabrini Green once towered over Chicago’s most valuable neighborhoods. A looming reminder of inequality and poverty, Cabrini’s high-rises were demolished and an African-American community cleared to make room for another social...

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Cinema Politica Free Film Screening: Sacred Water: Standing Rock Part 1

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, January 23, 2017
Doors at 3:30 p.m.
Film at 4:00 p.m. (note earlier time)

In this documentary screening, the people of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation of North and South Dakota are fighting to stop a pipeline from being built on their ancestral homeland. The Dakota Access Pipeline would snake its way across four states, bisecting sacred Indigenous sites and burial grounds along the...

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Saving Italy from Big Oil

Sustainability Series
Friday, January 19, 2018
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Maria R D'Orsogna

  • Professor, Mathematics Department, California State University at Northridge

Prof. Maria D'Orsogna is an Italian-American physicist and math professor. After learning serendipitously of planned oil drilling in her home region of Abruzzo, Italy she also became a hands-on environmental activist, leading a grassroots movement that culminated in Italy passing, for the first time ever, a national...

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Free Film Screening: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Sustainability Series
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Doors at 6:00 p.m.
Movie starts at 6:30 p.m.

Former Vice President Al Gore's newest environmental documentary documents the emerging potential of a real energy revolution within the United States. In his film, Al Gore travels the country to expose the current threats posed by climate change, while spotlighting the renewable-energy transformation taking place throughout the world.

Joining us for...

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Cinema Politica Free Film Screening: Dolores

Sustainability Series
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Doors at 6:00 p.m.
Film at 6:30 p.m. (note earlier time)

Dolores is the story of Dolores Huerta, the equal co-founder of the United Farm Workers' union and activist for racial, gender, and labor justice alongside Cesar Chavez. This film explores the physical harm and personal sacrifice experienced in devoting one's life to social change and celebrates one of the...

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Sustainable in Stilettos: A Conscious Conversation in Sustainable Living

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Tracey Martin

  • Sustainability Strategist; Transformational Coach; Author

Tracey Martin empowers others to demand healthy approaches to food, fashion, and beauty. She also works with industry leaders on incorporating non-toxic manufacturing alternatives into their day-to-day practices. Her environmentally friendly accessory line, Threads of Evolution works with local artisans using plant-based dyes and a cruelty-free manufacturing process.

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Offsetting Carbon Through Local Projects

Sustainability Series
Thursday, November 16, 2017
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Corey Hawkey

  • Assistant Director, University Sustainability Practices, Arizona State University

Tani Colbert-Sangree

  • Program Coordinator, Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative, Duke University

Shawn Gagné

  • Founder and CEO, Urban Offsets Inc.

Spencer Plumb

  • 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...

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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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Environmental, Business & Policy Solutions for Sustainable Tourism in the 21st Century

Sustainability Series
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Talk: 6:00 p.m.
Dessert Reception: 7:15 p.m.

Megan Epler Wood

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...

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Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science

Sustainability Series
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.

Carey Gillam

  • 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...

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Saving Our Cities in the post-Trump Era

Sustainability Series
Friday, October 27, 2017
Networking breakfast - 8:30 a.m.
Talk - 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

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...

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