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2015 ISQOLS Conference

Walton Sustainability Solutions
Thursday-Saturday, October 15-17, 2015

2015 Quality of Life Conference: The Future of Quality of Life


The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS), along with co-host ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation, invite researchers from all disciplines, policy makers and practitioners from across the globe to participate in the 2015 Quality of Life Conference “The Future of Quality of Life.” Join an...

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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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Sustainable Neighborhoods for Happiness Workshop

Walton Sustainability Solutions Stardust
Monday, September 28, 2015
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Scott Cloutier

  • Assistant Research Professor, Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives

Dr. Scott Cloutier, his research team and ASU students will work closely with Phoenix metropolitan area residents to identify how their neighborhoods contribute to their happiness. Discussions will also include strategies to promote greater opportunities for happiness in local neighborhoods and methods to organize around these efforts. The goal is...

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The Imagination Drought: Speculative Fiction as a Tool of Warning and Empowerment

Walton Sustainability Solutions Environmental Humanities
Thursday, September 17, 2015
7:30 p.m.

Paolo Bacigalupi

  • New York Times-bestselling author

 In Paolo Bacigalupi’s most recent science fiction novel, The Water Knife, Phoenix is dried up and California and Nevada are not too far behind. The millions of people who rely on the Colorado River to survive are not only thirsty, but fighting for their lives. It’s a compelling story...

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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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Climate Fiction - Science, Stories or Seeds of Transformation?

Sustainability@ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Environmental Humanities
Thursday, April 2, 2015
12:00 - 1:45 p.m.

Joni Adamson

  • Professor of English and Environmental Humanities, Department of English, ASU
  • Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Clark Miller

  • Associate Director, Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, ASU
  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Sydney Lines

  • Communications Program Coordinator, LightWorks, ASU

Manjana Milkoreit

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, ASU

Internationally renowned, award-winning authors like Margaret Atwood, Paolo Bacigalupi, and Ian McEwan are turning to the emerging literary genre of Climate Fiction – or Cli-Fi – to tell stories set in a climatically changed world.

The Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative invites you to a Cli-Fi panel discussion on the nature...

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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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Margaret Atwood: Exploring Climate Fiction

Walton Sustainability Solutions Environmental Humanities
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Margaret Atwood

  • Author, MaddAddam Trilogy
  • Vice President, PEN International
  • Environmental Activist

How can imagination and the creative arts combine with science to assist in developing solutions to today’s climate challenges? World-renowned author and environmental activist Margaret Atwood will kick-off the new Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative by discussing the genre of climate fiction, or CliFi, and how creative writing can help...

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Future of Food: Dictatorship or Democracy?

Wrigley Lecture Series Food Systems 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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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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Just Sustainabilities: Re-Imagining E/Quality, Living within Limits

Wrigley Lecture Series
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
doors open and dessert reception at 7:00 p.m. featuring local food trucks: Mamma Toledo's Pie, Frosted Frenzy Cupcakes, and Paletas Betty Popsicles
event begins at 7:30 p.m.

Julian Agyeman

Join Mayor Greg Stanton as he welcomes Julian Agyeman to Phoenix.

Julian Agyeman is an environmental social scientist whose expertise and research interests are in the complex and embedded relations between humans and the environment (whether mediated by governmental institutions or social movements) and the effects of these on...

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Climate Change: No Breakthroughs Needed

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Doors open 6:30 p.m.
Lecture, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Amory Lovins

  • Cofounder and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute

The world is on the road toward a clean-energy system based on increasingly cost-competitive technologies. These new winners include energy efficiency, solar, wind, and flexible demand through a smart grid, integrated with geothermal, biomass, and hydro.

Join us as Amory Lovins describes how we can remove the barriers...

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