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The Darwinian Moment: A Narrative for Adaptation

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, October 25, 2012
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
(reception will follow)

Captain Wayne Porter, USN

  • Chair, Systemic Strategy and Complexity
  • Naval Postgraduate School

Captain Wayne Porter will present the first Wrigley Lecture Series of the 2012-2013 academic year. He will be discussing his piece, "A National Strategic Narrative," co-authored with Colonel Mark Mykleby. The narrative argues for a need of a sustainability context when protecting our nation's prosperity and security. It is...

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But Will the Planet Notice?

Wrigley Lecture Series
March 14, 2012
2:00-3:30 p.m.
(Refreshments will be served)

Gernot Wagner

  • Economist, Environmental Defense Fund

Wagner is the author of But Will the Planet Notice? How Smart Economics Can Save the World. In this talk, Gernot Wagner will argue that only economists—not recyclers—can stop global warming.

He serves as an economist at the Environmental Defense Fund, teaches at Columbia University, and he...

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Cradle to Cradle Design, Education, and a Future of Abundance

Wrigley Lecture Series
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
(Reception to follow)

William McDonough

  • McDonough Advisors / William McDonough + Partners Architecture and
  • Community Design / McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry

William McDonough has been a leader in sustainable development since the 1970s. Trained as an architect, McDonough's interests and influence range widely, and he works at scales from the global to the molecular. He has written and lectured extensively on his design philosophy and practice; 20 years ago, he...

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Sustainability and Environmental Justice: The Challenges of Equity

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, November 17, 2011
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
(reception to follow)

Robin Morris Collin

  • Norma J. Paulus Professor of Law,
  • Willamette University College of Law

Modern, technological societies must face the challenges of equity in contemporary life. Environmental justice and sustainability reflect a deep division along race and class lines. This talk will explore the need for collaboration and repurposing in both movements.

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Science is Not Enough: How to Make Climate and Sustainability Cool Again

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, September 22, 2011
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Reception to Follow at Engrained Café

Frank Sesno

  • Director, School of Media and Public Affairs,
  • The George Washington University
  • Host and Creator, Planet Forward

Professor Sesno explores the deepening skepticism around climate science and the new roles that universities, media, and the concerned public must play if we are to move from stalemate to solutions.

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The Riddle of Sustainability: A Surprisingly Short History of the Future

Wrigley Lecture Series
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
4:15 - 5:45 p.m.
(reception to follow)

William Cronon

  • President, American Historical Association
  • Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

William Cronon's work seeks to understand the history of human interactions with the natural world: how we depend on the ecosystems around us to sustain our material lives, how we modify the landscapes in which we live and work, and how our ideas of nature shape our relationships with the...

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Dot Earth: 9 Billion People + 1 Planet

Wrigley Lecture Series
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
(Coffee & pastries will be served)

Andrew C. Revkin

  • Author, The New York Times Dot Earth Blog
  • Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding, Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, Pace University

Braden R. Allenby

  • Distinguished Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, ASU

How do very complex systems—natural, human, built, technological—interact under rapidly changing conditions? Join us for a free-wheeling conversation between author Andy Revkin and ASU Sustainability Scientist Brad Allenby, as they discuss how we can build social, economic, and environmental sustainability in a highly unpredictable, contingent world.

One of America’s most honored...

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The Future of Biodiversity: What can we do about it?

Wrigley Lecture Series
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
4:30 - 5:45 p.m.
(reception to follow)
Coor Hall, Room 170
Arizona State University, Tempe campus

Peter H. Raven

  • President Emeritus, Missouri Botanical Garden
  • George Engelmann Professor of Botany Emeritus, Washington University in St. Louis

What is the future of biodiversity and what steps can we take to preserve it? Leading botanist and conservationist Peter Raven served as president of the Missouri Botanical Garden and Professor of Botany at Washington University, St. Louis, for 39 years. Analyzing estimates of extinction rates and the major factors...

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Beyond Green Jobs: The Next American Economy

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, November 4, 2010
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Van Jones

  • Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
  • Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Princeton University

Our country is struggling in the face of an economic recession and ecological crisis. We need nine million new jobs in the U.S., and they must be jobs that can support families and do no harm to the environment. America needs her best minds generating smart and innovative ideas to...

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What I Learned in New York and Copenhagen

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, February 18, 2010

Cynthia Rosenzweig

  • Senior Scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
  • Fellow, American Society of Agronomy
  • Leader, Metro East Coast Climate Assessment

As head of the Climate Impacts Group at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Rosenzweig has organized and led large-scale interdisciplinary regional, national, and international studies of climate change impacts and adaptation. She is a coordinating lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II Fourth...

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Institutional Entrepreneurs: Building Resilience in Socioecological Systems

Wrigley Lecture Series
Monday, February 8, 2010
(reception to follow)

Frances Westley

  • J. W. McConnell Chair, Social Innovation, University of Waterloo

Dr. Frances Westley joined the University of Waterloo in July of 2007 as Chair of Social Innovation Generation, a national initiative designed to build capacity for social innovation in Canada. She is published widely in the areas of building resilience of socioecological systems, knowledge generation, managing uncertainty and change, and...

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Feeding the World, Maintaining the Planet: Meeting the Challenge by 2050

Wrigley Lecture Series
Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Jason Clay

  • Senior Vice President Market Transformations, World Wildlife Fund

How do we live on a finite planet and yet feed and clothe nine billion people by 2050? Dr. Jason Clay will explore the World Wildlife Fund's (WWF's) thinking about this issue as well as his work in supply-chain management with individual companies and entire sectors. In his role at...

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Why We Hate the Oil Companies

Wrigley Lecture Series
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
(reception to follow)

John Hofmeister

  • Founder and CEO, Citizens for Affordable Energy
  • Retired President, Shell Oil

John Hofmeister is a business leader who has participated in the inner workings of multiple industries for over 35 years. He retired as president of Shell Oil Company in 2008 to found and head the nationwide nonprofit group, Citizens for Affordable Energy. This public policy education firm promotes sound energy...

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Copenhagen, Schwarzenegger, A Merchant Bank, and Pallets: What Do They Have in Common?

Wrigley Lecture Series
Monday, November 9, 2009
(reception to follow)

Craig Cogut

  • Founder and Co-Managing Partner, Pegasus Capital Advisors
  • Co-founder, Pegasus Sustainable Century MB, L.P.

Craig Cogut has over 27 years of experience in private equity investing, financial restructuring, and legal advisory service. In 1995, he founded Pegasus Capital Advisors, a private equity-fund manager that provides creative capital and business solutions to middle-market companies across a variety of industries, with emphasis on businesses adopting...

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Progress Report on San Francisco's Sustainability Efforts

Wrigley Lecture Series
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Jared Blumenfeld

  • Director, Department of the Environment, City of San Francisco

San Francisco has become one of the most innovative cities in the world in implementing new comprehensive approaches to urban sustainability. From its groundbreaking zero waste strategies such as the residential compost and green waste recycling program, to its energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, the City has been...

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