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Sustainability Events

Funded through the generous support of Julie Ann Wrigley, the Wrigley Lecture Series brings internationally known thinkers and problem-solvers to ASU to engage directly with students and the larger sustainability community.

Your Next Meal: Where Nature and Culture Intersect

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, April 14, 2016
9:30 a.m. - Doors Open
10:00 a.m. - Wrigley Talk

Michael Pollan

  • Best-Selling Author and Sustainable Food Advocate

Named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine, Michael Pollan writes about the places where nature and culture intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in the built environment. He is the author of five New York...

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The Humane Economy

Wrigley Lecture Series Biodiversity Outcomes
Free and Open to the Public
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Pre-Talk Reception: 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Wrigley Talk: 6:15 - 7:30 p.m.

Wayne Pacelle

  • President and CEO, Humane Society of the US

Wayne Pacelle leads the nation’s largest and most effective animal-protection organization. He has helped pass more than 1,000 state laws to advance the organization’s mission and negotiated agreements with dozens of the nation’s biggest corporations from McDonald’s to Armani. Pacelle is a New York Times bestselling author who...

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Climate Change and Energy: How Can Justice be Achieved for Young People and Nature?

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Doors open at 4:30 p,m.
Wrigley Lecture: 5:00 - 6:15 p.m

James Hansen

  • Former Director, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
  • Adjunct Professor, Columbia University's Earth Institute

Renowned climate scientist James Hansen was legendary during his long career as NASA’s chief climatologist for being ahead of the curve on seeing the threat of catastrophic climate change.

Hansen was elected to the National Academy of Sciences for his pioneering radiative transfer models and studies of planetary atmospheres; developing...

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Tough Truths about Plastic Pollution

Wrigley Lecture Series
Monday, October 5, 2015
3:30 p.m. Doors Open
4:00 p.m. Wrigley Talk

Dianna Cohen

  • Artist and Activist
  • CEO/Co-Founder, Plastic Pollution Coalition

Dianna Cohen is the CEO/Co-Founder of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, a group that addresses the pervasive problem of plastic pollution. She was inspired to co-found the group by her work as an artist – because her chosen material is the ubiquitous plastic bag. In this talk,...

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Saving Nature in a Human-Dominated World

Wrigley Lecture Series
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
5:00 - 6:00 p.m., Reception
6:00 p.m., Wrigley lecture

Dr. M. Sanjayan

  • Executive V.P. and Senior Scientist
  • Conservation International

Dr. M. Sanjayan is a conservation scientist, writer, and Emmy-nominated news contributor focused on the role of conservation in improving human well-being, wildlife, and the environment. His distinguished scientific work has been published in the journals Science, Nature, and Conservation Biology. The National Geographic Society recently selected Sanjayan...

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The Age of Sustainable Development

Wrigley Lecture Series
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
5:00 p.m., Wrigley Lecture
Reception to follow

Jeffrey D. Sachs

  • Director of The Earth Institute
  • Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development
  • Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University

Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned economics professor, leader in sustainable development, best-selling author, and syndicated columnist. He is special adviser to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals, director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, as well as cofounder/director of the Millennium Villages...

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Sustainability as Freedom

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Doors 6:00 p.m.
Talk 6:30 p.m.

Thomas Friedman

  • Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author
  • New York Times Columnist

In celebration of Julie Ann Wrigley’s global leadership in sustainability, we are honored to announce that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas Friedman will be speaking at ASU.

In this talk, "Sustainability as Freedom," Friedman will argue that what freedom was to our parents' generation, sustainability is to the present...

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Future of Food: Dictatorship or Democracy?

Wrigley Lecture Series Food Systems
Thursday, October 30, 2014
5:00 p.m. Doors Open/ Seating
5:30 p.m. Lecture
Followed by a book signing until 7:15 p.m.

Dr. Vandana Shiva

  • Author, Activist, Pioneer, Scientific Advisor, Mother
  • @drvandanashiva

Trained in physics and philosophy, Dr. Vandana Shiva is renowned for her activism against GMOs, globalization, and patents on seeds and traditional foods. She co-founded Navdanya, which promotes seed saving and organic farming and has more than 70,000 farmer-members. She is the recipient of the 1993 Alternative...

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Brewing Sustainability

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, October 16, 2014
4:30- 6:00 p.m. Lecture

Kim Jordan

  • CEO and Co-Founder of New Belgium Brewing Company

Kim Jordan has cultivated her passion for social work, the environment, and community to create one of the most successful corporations in America. Her lifelong commitment to developing healthy communities has informed New Belgium's culture through policies like employee ownership, open-book management, and philanthropic giving.

In this...

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Power Matters: Energy Security and the US Navy and Marine Corps

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, April 24, 2014
9:00 a.m. reception
10:00-11:30 a.m. lecture

Ray Mabus

  • Secretary of the Navy

Ray Mabus is the 75th US Secretary of the Navy and leads America's Navy and Marine Corps. He is responsible for conducting the affairs of the Department of the Navy, including recruiting, organizing, equipping, training and mobilizing. Additionally, he oversees construction and repair of naval ships, aircraft, and facilities, and...

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