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Sustainability Series speakers discuss a range of environmental, social, and economic topics at these events, sponsored or co-sponsored by the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.

Free Film Screening: The Age of Consequences

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Film starts at 7:00 p.m.

The Age of Consequences explores the impacts of climate change on resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability.

This documentary film unpacks how water and food shortages, drought, extreme weather, and sea-level rise accelerate the instability and conflict in volatile...

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The United States of Disaster Guestimates

Sustainability Series
Friday, November 16, 2018
Networking Breakfast: 8:30 a.m.
Presentation: 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Melanie Gall

  • Co-Director and Research Professor, Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Arizona State University

Ken Waters

  • Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Phoenix National Weather Service

Sara Meerow

  • Assistant Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University

Adam Andresen

  • M.S. Sustainability Student

Tracking socioeconomic impacts from natural hazards informs progress toward the Sustainable Development Goal #11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable).

This panel event will showcase the use and utility of ASU's Spatial Hazard Events and Losses Database and the National Weather Service’s approach for documenting impacts...

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Urban Garden Talk: Biodiversity and Low Input Gardening

Sustainability Series Future of Food
Friday, November 9, 2018
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Jacq Davis

  • Gardener

In 2011, Jacq and her husband bought a house in Tempe and decided to jump into gardening by learning and applying multiple disciplines of natural gardening. From their early efforts, they have built themselves a high density food forest in the middle of the city, dubbed "the Epic...

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Salute to Service: Sustainability in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Sustainability Series
Monday, November 5, 2018
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Karen Baker

  • Chief, Environmental Division at
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers HQ

With a wide range of missions in support of the Nation's defense and civil-works infrastructure, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has unique opportunities and challenges in integrating sustainable practices into its operations.

Karen Baker helped lead the Army team that authored the Army Strategy for the Environment, the...

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Indigenous Food, Energy, and Water Security and Sovereignty: A Training Track for Students

Sustainability Series Future of Food
Thursday, November 1, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Karletta Chief

  • Associate Professor & Extension Specialist, University of Arizona Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Sciences

Dr. Karletta Chief (Diné) researches water in arid regions of Arizona and uses that knowledge in culturally sensitive ways to empower Native American communities.

In this talk, Dr. Chief will discuss Indigenous Food, Energy, and Water Security and Sovereignty or Indigi-FEWSS -- a graduate-student training program working with indigenous communities. In...

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Product Stewardship and Circular Economy

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
8:30 a.m. Networking
9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Talk

Paul Murray

  • President, Integrated Sustainable Strategies, LLC

Paul Murray has dedicated his professional career to implementing holistic approaches to sustainable product manufacturing. He led designer Herman Miller's Sustainability Team, which formed the U.S. Green Building Council and worked with noted architect Bill McDonough to create the “Cradle to Cradle” protocol. Murray later went...

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Urban Sustainability Challenges and Solutions: Hong Kong

Sustainability Series
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Student Leaders of the Hong Kong Sustainability Experience

  • School of Sustainability Global Studies Program
  • Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiative

Rob Melnick

  • Director, International Programs
  • Professor, School of Sustainability

Jennifer Carter

  • Director, Global Consortium for Sustainability Outcomes
  • Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

A discussion with School of Sustainability students who completed a challenging course in Hong Kong on urban sustainability by working in teams with Chinese students from City University of Hong Kong.

Hear their experiences of considering urban sustainability challenges through a new cultural lens. View the posters and policy solutions they...

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Free Film Screening: Dominion

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Film starts at 7:00 p.m.

CAUTION: this film shows graphic violence towards animals that you may find disturbing.

Filmed in Australia, this documentary is an uncompromising, damning exploration of the ways animals are used and abused by humans, particularly in the meat, dairy, egg, clothing, and entertainment industries.

Exposing the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture through...

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Centrist Environmentalism to Affect Change

Sustainability Series
Monday, October 22, 2018
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Haley Paul

  • Policy Manager at Audubon Arizona

Haley Paul has dedicated her professional career to conservation policy, having previously worked for the Town of Gilbert as their Water Resources Coordinator, and currently as Policy Manager for Audubon Arizona. In this role she works to develop policy strategy and build relationships with key stakeholders...

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How Will Arizona Respond to a Major Regional Disaster?

Sustainability Series
Thursday, October 18, 2018
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

In May 2018, ASU's Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security participated in a statewide National Mass Care Exercise to better understand the role and capabilities of voluntary, private, and governmental organizations in responding to a regional disaster in Arizona. Join us to discuss the findings.

12:00 - 12:15 p.m.: Welcome...

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The Need for Social Entrepreneurs

Sustainability Series
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
9:30 -10:45 a.m.

Jennifer Caraway

  • Founder/Executive Director of The Joy Bus

Jennifer Caraway is an accomplished restaurateur and the creator/owner of The Joy Bus Diner, a 100% nonprofit restaurant, in the North 32nd neighborhood in Phoenix. Caraway is a true pioneer in the field of social entrepreneurship and has dedicated her life and passions to serving home-bound cancer patients in our...

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Gandhi as an Environmentalist

Sustainability Series
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
4:00 - 5:15 p.m.

Ramachandra Guha

  • Historian, Public Intellectual, Biographer

Ramachandra Guha is an award-winning historian of Indian democracy, the biographer of Mahatma Gandhi, and a scholar of environmentalism. As a public intellectual and columnist, he reaches 20 million readers in 10 languages. His latest book is Gandhi, The Years that Changed the World: 1914-1948.


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Commons @ ASU

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The International Association for the Study of the Commons organizes the World Commons Week in October to showcase the commons scholarship 50 years after Hardin’s Tragedy of the Commons essay. In collaboration with the society and environment student association GISER, the School of Sustainability invites students...

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Food Policy at a Crossroads: How the Swette Center will Lead

Sustainability Series Future of Food
Monday, October 1, 2018
4:00 - 5:15 p.m.

Kathleen Merrigan

  • Director, Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems

The bruising farm bill debate has highlighted many unresolved food policy issues. Rising diabesity, SNAP access, trade wars, water shortages, climate change risks, the consequences of increased global demand for protein…the list of food policy issues is long and growing. How will the new ASU...

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Family Weekend: Incredibly Short Sustainability Documentary Festival

Sustainability Series
Friday, September 28, 2018
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a screening of five short films created by students from the School of Sustainability and Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, under the direction of sustainability scientist and director of Carbon Nation®, Peter Byck. Student speakers will be present to discuss and answer questions about...

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