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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.

We Are What We Eat: Teaching Slow Food Values in a Fast Food Culture

Wrigley Lecture Series Future of Food
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
2:30 p.m. Doors Open
3:00 - 4:15 p.m. Lecture
4:15 - 5:00 p.m. Reception & Book Signing

Alice Waters

  • Chef, Restaurateur, Activist and Author

Famed chef Alice Waters is the founder and owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California. She has been a champion of local sustainable agriculture for over four decades. In 1995 Waters founded the Edible Schoolyard Project, which advocates for free school lunches for all...

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The World That Food Made

Wrigley Lecture Series Future of Food
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Raj Patel

  • Research Professor, Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin; Senior Research Associate, Rhodes University, South Africa

Raj Patel is an award-winning writer, activist and academic. With degrees from the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics and Cornell University, he has worked for the World Bank and WTO—and protested against them around the world. In 2016, Patel was recognized with a James Beard...

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Talk Story with Wayfinder and Master Navigator Nainoa Thompson

Wrigley Lecture Series
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
4:00 p.m. Doors Open
4:30 p.m. Talk Begins

Nainoa Thompson

  • President, Polynesian Voyaging Society

Nainoa Thompson is a master navigator. Inspired by his kūpuna—his teachers—he has dedicated his life to exploring the deep meaning of voyaging. He was the first Hawaiian since the 14th century to practice the ancient Polynesian art of navigation, having navigated two double-hulled canoes—the Hōkūleʻa and the Hawai‘iloa—from...

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Housing for Inclusive and Equitable Cities

Wrigley Lecture Series Stardust
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Pre-reception at 5:15 p.m.
Event begins at 6:00 p.m.

Jonathan Reckford

  • CEO of Habitat for Humanity International

Jonathan Reckford is currently the CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. He has spent much of his career in the for-profit sector before accepting his dream job at Habitat for Humanity. Deeply committed to helping the world’s poor, Reckford was named the most influential nonprofit leader in America in...

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Google: Searching for a Circular Transition

Wrigley Lecture Series
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
5:30 p.m. - Reception
6:00 - 7:15 p.m. - Wrigley Lecture

Kate E. Brandt

  • Lead for Sustainability at Google

Kate Brandt leads sustainability across Google’s worldwide operations and products. In this role, Brandt works with Google’s data centers, real estate, supply chain, and product teams to ensure that the company capitalizes on opportunities to advance sustainability and a circular economy.

Previously, Brandt served as the nation's first federal Chief Sustainability...

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Climate Action in the Era of #NoDAPL: Following the Footsteps of the First Nations

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, March 23, 2017
5:30 p.m. - Doors Open; Appetizer Reception
6:00 p.m. - Wrigley Lecture
7:15 - 7:45 p.m. - Dessert Reception

Winona LaDuke

  • Environmentalist, Political Activist

Winona LaDuke is an internationally renowned activist focused on sustainable development, renewable energy, and food systems. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, helped found the Indigenous Women's Network, and ran twice for Vice President on a Green Party ticket with Ralph...

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A Living Future: How We’ll Live and Work in the Communities of the Future

Wrigley Lecture Series Stardust
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
5:30 p.m. - Doors open
6:00 p.m. - Wrigley talk
7:30 p.m. - Dessert reception

Jason McLennan

  • CEO, McLennan Design

Jason McLennan is one of the most influential individuals in the green-building movement. Recipient of the Buckminster Fuller Prize, McLennan is founder and chairman of the International Living Future Institute. He also created The Living Building Challenge – a stringent and progressive green-building program...

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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 Future of Food Environmental Humanities
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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