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How Much Can Technology Do to Achieve a Truly Sustainable World of 7 Billion Humans?

Wrigley Lecture Series
Monday, April 16, 2007

Ernst Ulrich von Weizsacker

  • Dean, Bren School for Environmental Science and Management, University of California-Santa Barbara

Seven billion people want prosperity. The dominant lifestyles in prospering countries do not lend themselves to replication across the world. What then? Tell those in developing countries that the Earth can only accommodate 1 billion people at the American way of life and to live in poverty forever? The...

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Greasy Palms: Assessing the Resilience and Vulnerability of Bornean Landscapes to Agribusiness Expansion for Edible Oils and Biofuels

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, April 12, 2007

Lisa M. Curran

  • Professor of Tropical Resource Science and Director of the Tropical Resources Institute
  • School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University

A major challenge of sustainability science involves assessing the resilience of human-environmental systems that are experiencing multiple natural and anthropogenic perturbations that vary in rate, extent, and intensity. Curran presents a case study from tropical forests in Indonesian Borneo that documents a major perturbation to human-environmental systems—large scale and intensive...

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Life Cycle Models and Metrics: The Sustainability Compass for Energy Systems, Products, and Technology

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, February 1, 2007

Greg Keoleian

  • Co-Director, Center for Sustainable Systems
  • Associate Professor, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan

This presentation will highlight research at the University of Michigan's Center for Sustainable Systems (CSS) to improve the sustainability of energy systems, products and technology. Life cycle models and metrics provide a scientific basis for measuring progress toward sustainability and serve as important navigation tools for guiding the transformation of...

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New Policy for New Weather

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, January 25, 2007

John Byrne

  • Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy
  • Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, University of Delaware

From climate change to acid rain, contaminated landscapes, and biodiversity loss, the origins of many of our least tractable environmental problems can be traced to the operations of the modern energy system. A scan of nightfall across the planet reveals a social dilemma that also accompanies this system's operations: invented...

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Assessing and Managing Ecological Impacts of Paved Roads

Wrigley Lecture Series
Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Lance Gunderson

  • Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Studies, Emory University

During the 20th century, the US built a system of over 4 million miles of paved roads. Roads impact air and water quality, alter habitats, increase wildlife mortality and the dispersal and migration of plants and animals. An increasing awareness of environmental issues, regulatory changes, and new solutions has...

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Insights on Linking Forests, Trees, and People from the Air, on the Ground, and in the Lab

Wrigley Lecture Series
Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Elinor Ostrom

  • Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science
  • Co-Director, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Founding Director, Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity, School of Human Evolution and Soc

Governing natural resources sustainably is a continuing struggle, and major debates occur over what types of policy "interventions" best protect forests. Ostrom synthesizes the findings from a long-term, interdisciplinary, multiscale, international research program that analyzes the institutional factors affecting forest management. This program analyzes satellite images, conducts socioecological measurements on...

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Nitrogen: Too Much of a Good Thing

Wrigley Lecture Series
Friday, December 1, 2006

Jill Baron

  • Ecosystem Ecologist, US Geological Survey
  • Senior Research Ecologist, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University

The mass production of reactive nitrogen since 1950 has been both an enormous boon for society and a growing bane. We are experiencing a major disruption of the global nitrogen cycle, with ecological ramifications that include fertilization and acidification of freshwaters, hypoxia, increased forest and grassland productivity, and loss of...

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Urban Sustainability & Social Religious Conflict

Wrigley Lecture Series
Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Shabana Azmi

  • Actress, social activist

Javed Akhtar

  • Scriptwriter, lyricist

We are delighted to announce that two of India's most respected film personalities and social activists, Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar, will visit the ASU campus to present a talk and lead a discussion on "Urban Sustainability & Social Religious Conflict." Both are well-known for their activism on social...

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Behind the Gates: The Consequences of Secured Residential Communities in the Urban and Suburban United States

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, October 12, 2006

Setha Low

  • Professor, Environmental Psychology and Anthropology
  • Director, Public Space Research Group, The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Across America, gated communities are creating new forms of exclusion and residential segregation, exacerbating existing social cleavages. This retreat to secured enclaves materially and symbolically contradicts aspects of an idealized American ethos and values, threatens democratic spatial practices such as access to open space, and creates another barrier to social...

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Natural Capitalism, Path to Sustainability in Education- And a Lot Else

Wrigley Lecture Series
Friday, October 6, 2006

Hunter Lovins

  • President/Founder, Natural Capitalism Solutions

A world facing climate change and deteriorating natural systems is a challenging place to do business. Hunter Lovins argues that the best way to achieve true competitive advantage in today's world is exactly the sort of behavior that will solve the problems facing us. She will describe a new approach...

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Science to Solutions: Interdisciplinary Collaboration at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Wrigley Lecture Series
Monday, April 17, 2006
Social with refreshments 3:00 p.m.
Event begins 3:30 p.m.

James Reichman

  • Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Director, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) was formed 11 years ago to promote the use of existing information to address important ecological questions. The Center supports working groups (400-600 individuals per year), sabbaticals (six per year) and postdoctoral associates (18 per year) whose research focuses on ecology...

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Agricultural Intensification in the Yaqui Valley, Sonora, Mexico: Is it Saving Land for Nature?

Wrigley Lecture Series
Friday, April 14, 2006

Pamela A. Matson

  • Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies, Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences
  • Victoria P. and Roger W. Sant Director of the Earth Systems Degree Program
  • Co-Director, Center for Environmental Science and Policy

The world's population could grow by 2-3 billion before it levels off toward the end of the 21st century. If we are to feed this growing population and eliminate undernourishment, increases in food production will be needed. Most agree that the best way to do this will be through increasing...

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The Future of Life

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, April 13, 2006

Edward O. Wilson

  • Research Professor, Emeritus, Harvard University

Named by Time as "one of the 25 most influential people in America" (1995), Harvard University Research Professor, Emeritus, E.O. Wilson is considered one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century and the "father" of sociobiology and biodivesity. Two of his books have received Pulitzer Prizes, On Human...

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Urban Sustainability and the Limits of Classical Environmentalism

Wrigley Lecture Series
Monday, March 20, 2006

Kai Lee

  • Rosenburg Professor of Environmental Studies, Williams College, Massachusetts

Over the past generation, translating environmental concern into social debate and public policy has become one of the notable achievements of industrial societies. Yet the process that has emerged in rich countries does not seem to be simply transferable or even tenable over time. The search for sustainable development may...

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COLLAPSE: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, February 2, 2006

Jared Diamond

  • Professor of Geography, College of Letters and Science, Social Sciences Division, University of California-Los Angeles

In his Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond investigated how and why Western civilizations developed the technologies and immunities that have allowed them to dominate much of the world. In his latest book, COLLAPSE: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, Diamond now focuses on the other...

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