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News and Announcements
Sustainability Series: Can Engineered Surfaces Clean the Air of Our Cities?
(Tuesday, June 16, 2015) Christian George, French National Center for Research will present Can Engineered Surfaces Clean the Air of Our Cities? From 12:00-1:15 p.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Incredibly Short Environmental Film Festival
(Tuesday, June 16, 2015) Join us for a free screening of four short films created by students from the School of Sustainability, under the direction of Sustainability Scientist Peter Byck (director of Carbon Nation). From 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Harkins Valley Art Theater, 509 S. Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281. More information and RSVP.
First Saturday for Families at the ASU Art Museum
(Saturday, June 6, 2015) This free program takes place on the first Saturday of every month and invites children ages 4-12 and their families to make a creative project in conjunction with exhibitions. No registration required. All materials are provided and families can take home their artwork. From 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the ASU Art Museum, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
World Wide Views on Climate and Energy
(Saturday, June 6, 2015) World Wide Views on Climate and Energy is a global citizen consultation, providing unique information about how far citizens around the world are willing to go, in order to deal with climate change and to bring forward an energy transition. Arizona State University (ASU) will be the location for one of four citizen forums being conducted in the United States. About 100 citizens, selected to reflect the demographic diversity in their countries or regions will attend daylong meetings, starting at dawn in the Pacific, and continuing until dusk in the Americas. Citizens will express their views on an identical set of questions, designed to reflect policy controversies at the global negotiations and political discussions about climate and energy in general. The results will be made available online and presented locally and globally to inform policymakers and negotiations leading up to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP 21) taking place in Paris in December of 2015. Project partners for Arizona are the ASU Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes and the ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiative. More information and how to participate.
Biodesign Discovery Series Lecture: Epigenetic Mechanisms in Memory Formation
(Monday, June 8, 2015) David Sweatt, University of Alabama-Birmingham will present Epigenetic Mechanisms in Memory Formation from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the auditorium (B105), Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
EGSS: Getting into Graduate School
(Thursday, June 11, 2015) This seminar is a general overview about applying to graduate school. It is intended for all majors and does not focus on one particular prog3ram. It will provide tools and resources on how to decide if graduate school is right for you, how to choose schools and what's needed to market yourself to graduate programs as a desired candidate. Free and open to the public. From 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in room 248 (Rincon), Memorial Union, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. RSVP.
American Sign Language in Higher Education Workshop
(Monday, June 22, 2015) The American Sign Language (ASL) faculty in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science invites ASU faculty and staff to the ASL in Higher Ed workshop. This workshop is for those interested in gaining a better understanding of the challenges and language of deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The goal is to provide staff and faculty the tools to enable deaf and hard-of-hearing student success across disciplines. This workshop is introductory, no prior experience with sign language is necessary. This free workshop meets from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Stauffer Communication Arts (A Wing), STAUF A13. Be prepared for complete immersion in deaf language, as no voices are permitted! This is a fun, comfortable zone, with no grade at the end! Just a better understanding of deaf culture and casual conversation in ASL. More information and registration (space is limited).
Democracy Conference 2015: By the People
(Thursday-Saturday, December 3-5, 2015) Arizona State University will be hosting a conference on participatory democracy, civic engagement and citizenship education. The event will be designed to share research findings, engage in provocative and meaningful discussions, learn from accomplishments and failures, and be inspired by innovative approaches, strategies, policies, tools and practices. The conference will bring together academics, students, practitioners, researchers, appointed and elected public officials, teachers, administrators, members of community organizations, and all those interested in participatory democracy, public engagement and citizenship education. The conference will combine academic presentations with practical workshops, We are interested in attracting theoretical and empirical contributions that are related to the three conference themes. Submission of abstracts is April 15, 2015. More information.
Citizens' Climate Lobby Meeting and Conference Call
(Saturday, June 6, 2015) Citizens' Climate Lobby is a national organization dedicated to the implementation of a carbon fee and dividend plan as a market-based way of putting a price on carbon emissions. The Phoenix-area CCL group meets at 10:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month to plan its efforts. The location is as follows: Escalante Multi-Generational Center, 2150 E. Orange St. in Tempe. For more information, visit http://citizensclimatelobby.org or e-mail email@example.com.
2015 Tastes of the World Chef Culinary Conference Pre-conference Sustainability Sessions
(Saturday-Sunday, June 6-7, 2015) At this year’s Taste of the World Chef Culinary Conference, attendees are invited to take part in the first-annual Sustainability Preconference Sessions. With an emphasis on local food, attendees will learn how to break down a locally-raised pig at Sutter Meats, experience the day-to-day life of a local farmer at Joe Czajkowski Farms, or explore the world of craft brewing at Berkshire Brewing Company. Other sessions include local menu design and sourcing, as well as permaculture garden design and implementation. Register today for the nation’s most hands-on, higher-ed sustainability conference. For more information, please view our program schedule. To be held at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
GreenBiz Webcast: The Business Case for Transparency in the Built Environment
(Tuesday, June 9, 2015) In this one-hour webcast, you’ll hear how companies are embracing transparency as a key to long-term success, and how public disclosure programs like Declare, and building project management tools like GreenWizard add legitimacy to transparency efforts and help distinguish leaders from their competition. From 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET (10:00-11:00 AZ). More information and registration.
WRRC Annual Conference 2015: Indigenous Perspectives on Sustainable Water Practices
(Tuesday-Wednesday, June 9-10, 2015) Please join us for the WRRC 2015 Annual Conference, "Indigenous Perspectives on Sustainable Water Practices" to be held at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler, Arizona. The WRRC, in partnership with the Gila River Indian Community, is hosting the conference to increase awareness of water sustainability efforts on tribal lands, and to provide new perspectives in the discussion of water management options to meet growing supply gaps in Arizona. More information.
Arizona Recycling Coalition Quarterly Meeting
(Thursday, June 11, 2015) Join the Arizona Recycling Coalition for our quarterly meeting! DIRTT Environmental Solutions will host our meet and greet mixer! Light appetizers and drinks provided. Bring plenty of business cards as you will meet people from all aspects of the industry! Members are free and non-members are a $20 donation! From 5:00-7:00 p.m. at DIRTT Environmental Solutions, 836 E. University Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85034. More information and registration.
Arizona Town Hall Meeting
(Friday, June 12, 2015) This year's Arizona Town Hall Annual Meeting will take place in Phoenix at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort. This meeting is an opportunity for members to have a voice in choosing the topics for future Town Halls. After the luncheon, members will participate in an Arizona Town Hall-style panel discussions on future topics. More information and registration.
Archaeology + Desert Ecology Summer Camp Session II
(Monday-Friday, June 15-19, 2015) The Center for Archaeology and Society's Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, in partnership with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, offers a week-long program providing campers ages 8 to 12 with the opportunity to learn how people of the past utilized their resources, and how their actions impact the present and possibly the future. From 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, 3711 W Deer Valley Rd, Phoenix. More information and registration.
Advanced Water Education Workshop: Extreme Weather Events
(Tuesday-Wednesday, July 7-8, 2015) A workshop by Arizona State University’s Decision Center for a Desert City and Arizona Project WET at the University of Arizona for middle and high school teachers and water educators. Find out how city planners, scientists, engineers, and water managers plan for and collect data about extreme weather events. From 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. daily at the Decision Center for a Desert City, Brickyard Orchid House, 21 E. 6th St, Ste 126B, Tempe. More information and registration.
19th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference
(Tuesday-Thursday, July 14-16, 2015) The 19th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E), will be held in the Washington DC area. As the longest running green chemistry conference in the United States, GC&E invites scientists, decision-makers, students, and advocates to come together, compare findings, and discuss the science of the future. Share your research with an engaged audience of your peers from around the world; learn from scientific trailblazers who are designing more sustainable chemistries and processes; find out how green innovations are inspiring new businesses and product lines. More information and registration.
8th Annual Conference of the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
(Thursday-Friday, August 20-21, 2015) Ryerson, Tsinghua and Oxford universities are pleased to announce that the 8th Annual Conference for the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (#AIE2015) will be held for the first time in Toronto, Canada. The AIE Conference was first held in 2008 at Tsinghua University in Beijing, consistently ranked as one of China's top institutions for higher learning, and has previously been hosted at the prestigious Oxford University in London, England. A truly international conference, the AIE has attracted more than 1,500 participants from more than 27 countries over the years. This year, conference participants will have the unique opportunity to experience Canada as an innovation nation. The AIE Conference provides a broad platform to convene scholars from around the world to present research and to stimulate discussions on critical research issues and new developments in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. We are currently welcoming proposals from current and emerging scholars, policymakers and industry partners, please see the Call for Papers. Deadline for proposals is April 15, 2015. For more information, please visit the conference website or contact Diana Cucuz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workshop for PhD Students: Socio-Environmental Synthesis Research Proposal Writing
(Monday-Wednesday, September 28-30, 2015) SESYNC will host a 2½-day workshop designed to prepare graduate students to apply for graduate-level research opportunities at SESYNC. This workshop will provide graduate students with: introductions to SESYNC, socio-environmental synthesis research, team science, bridging natural and social sciences, and actionable science; networking opportunities to build professional relationships with other students, particularly those from different disciplines; and training sessions on the methods, challenges, and strategies associated with writing successful proposals, especially those related to the type of work SESYNC supports. The workshop is aimed at graduate students in the natural, social, and computational sciences; humanities; communications; and business studies. There is no fee to attend; attendees will receive support for travel, meals, and accommodations. Find complete details here. Deadline for applications is July 15, 2015.
Conference on Complex Systems 2015
(Monday-Friday, September 28-October 2, 2015) The annual European Conferences on Complex Systems (ECCS) have become a major venue for the Complex Systems Community since they were started in 2003. For the first time, this year, the conference will be held in North America to foster and multiply contacts between the European, North American and Asian communities working in this domain. CCS’15 will be a major international conference and event in the area of complex systems and interdisciplinary science in general. To be held at the Hilton Doubletree Fiesta Inn, Tempe. More information.
AASHE 2015 Conference & Expo
(October 25-28, 2015) AASHE 2015 Conference & Expo, themed Transforming Sustainability Education, will convene a diverse group of campus representatives including faculty, students, sustainability officers, staff, administrators and presidents together with business, non-profit, government and community members for a sustainable celebration. Expected to draw approximately 2,100 participants, AASHE’s annual conference remains the largest stage in North America for sharing effective models, policies, research, collaborations and transformative actions which advance sustainability in higher education and beyond. It will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more information.
Chacmool 2015: Shallow Pasts, Endless Horizons: Sustainability & Archaeology
(Saturday-Monday, November 14-16, 2015) The Chacmool Archaeological Association and the Department of Anthropology present the 2015 Chacmool Conference being held at the University of Calgary. We encourage you to explore sustainability with us at the 48th Annual Chacmool Conference. The deadline to submit abstracts is May 1st, 2015. Abstracts can be submitted on our website here or to our Registration Coordinator at email@example.com. More information.
21st Century STEM: Integrate to Innovate Conference
(January 21-24, 2016) The Science Foundation AZ and the STEM AZ Education Collaborative are proud to partner to bring you the 21st Century STEM: Integrate to Innovate Conference. STEM integration is critical for developing the knowledge and skills our students, businesses, and communities desire and deserve. Critical thinking, creativity, and innovation are both goals and outcomes of educational practices that promote a transdisciplinary approach to STEM education. At the 21st Century STEM: Integrate to Innovate conference participants will engage in diverse sessions to explore and enhance STEM educational practices. Sessions will not only be outstanding learning opportunities for educators, many of them will include how business, informal education, early childhood experiences, and K-16+ classrooms create a nexus of learning that result in the 21st century graduate prepared for tomorrow’s world. The conference will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N Third St, Phoenix. For more information.
Student Spotlight: Sharyn Tom
Sharyn Tom is a Spring 2015 graduate of the School of Sustainability, having earned a Bachelor of Science in the Economics of Sustainability track. She also obtained a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the W. P. Carey School of Business. Read more.
Summer reading suggestions from sustainability experts
Among the summer reading recommendations shared by faculty and staff from across ASU in a recent ASU News article are several from the ASU Wrigley Institute. Read more.
ASU researchers make science fun at Phoenix Comicon
Comicons are known for elaborately costumed guests, celebrity photo ops, specialty vendors and gaming fun. It turns out they are also a great forum for getting research data into the community and generating scientific dialogue. Read more.
Dow builds the business case for green infrastructure (from GreenBiz.com)
Imagine that you are an executive in a multinational company. You focus on growing the business and delivering quarterly returns that delight Wall Street investors. An appointment has appeared on your calendar with a senior vice president to discuss a new investment in something that sounds environmental — “natural treatment systems” — but you are told it is operational. Read more.
Threatened desert oasis captivates generations of ASU researchers
For decades, generations of researchers at ASU have been drawn to a desert oasis in the northern part of Mexico. Cuatro Ciénegas is a remarkable ecosystem with hundreds of springs, streams and pools that are home to dozens of species found nowhere else on Earth. Read more.
Resilience: Nature’s lessons for surviving its worst moods (from GreenBiz.com)
The recent earthquakes in Nepal, along with the ongoing and tragic aftermath in local cities and villages, bring to mind inevitable questions about what type of community planning might have prevented the worst of the damage and chaos. Read more.
UGEC VIEWPOINTS: Why cities must prepare themselves for future shocks and stresses
The world is changing. The rate of progress made by mankind has accelerated dramatically over the past few decades, achieving more within this period than has been accomplished in centuries. Growth of cities is part of this pattern.Read more.
ASU to establish energy partnership center in Pakistan
Leaders from Arizona State University joined a ceremony in Islamabad on June 3 to officially launch a five-year energy studies partnership with two leading Pakistani universities to improve that nation’s power production. Read more.
Forum explores Phoenix's rapid growth and future
Electricity and water built Phoenix from a sleepy desert town in the early 20th century into the thriving metropolis that it is today. They are key to a sustained future, and steps must be taken now to ensure their availability in the years to come, according to a panel of experts speaking June 2 in downtown Phoenix. Read more.
Meet the startup keeping Amazon and eBay returns out of landfills (from GreenBiz.com)
American consumers are fickle creatures, sending back up to 10 percent of what they buy from merchants every year. That’s roughly 3.5 billion items. The exposure is even bigger for e-commerce sites at up to 15 percent, according to some metrics. This is an enormous cost of business for retailers. Plus, it can take months for unwanted or damaged gadgets, apparel and other products to find a new home or (worse) to make their way into landfills. Read more.
Arizona Forward Seeks Statewide Entries for 35th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards Program
Arizona Forward is now accepting nominations for its 35th annual Environmental Excellence Awards program, the state's oldest and largest competition of its kind. The event - known as the Academy Awards of the local environmental community - is presented in partnership with SRP and recognizes significant contributions to the sustainability of the Grand Canyon State. This signature program now embraces projects throughout Arizona, with all categories dedicated to its expanded geographic focus. In taking a fresh approach to the historical program, Arizona Forward is unveiling two new award categories, including the Governor's Award For Arizona's Future, as well as a Healthy Communities category. All categories are now open to entries throughout Arizona for the first time ever! Entry deadline is June 30, 2015. For more information.
Public education's climate change learning curve (from GreenBiz.com)
There’s great hope that the next generation will be motivated to contain climate change and make the difficult decisions that today’s adults can’t agree on. But the reality is that today’s students will have varying levels of understanding about climate change, depending on the state where they grew up and attended school. Read more.
My not-so-green millennial (from GreenBiz.com)
We’ve all heard the stereotype: Millennials really care about the environment. We’ve seen studies such as the one published by Morgan Stanley, which finds millennials are three times more likely to seek employment with a company because of its stance on social and/or governmental issues and twice as likely to invest in funds that target specific social or environmental outcomes. We know what they think — but what do millennials really do? Read more.
ASU, Argonne partner to tackle country’s greatest challenges
To facilitate a broad portfolio of research, Arizona State University has signed a five-year memorandum with the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. Read more.
Jobs in clean energy jumped 18% last year (from GreenBiz.com)
Clean energy employed more than 7.7 million people across the world last year, according to figures published today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The number, which covers people employed directly by renewable energy firms and throughout the supply chain, marks an 18 percent rise on the 6.5 million jobs recorded in 2013 — an increase that coincides with global renewable energy investment reversing two years of decline last year. Read more.
Arizona Department of Water Resource Drought Program
April 2015 drought summary is online.
May Southwest Climate Outlook
The May 2015 Southwest Climate Outlook is online.
CLIMAS Podcast: May 2015 Southwest Climate Podcast
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Resilience of Coupled Infrastructure Networks)
Program Coordinator Senior, Sustainability Education
Instructions to Apply: To review and apply go to ASU Human Resources, click on Internal or External Applicants, and in the "Requisition ID" section, type 13918BR.
Assistant or Associate Professor - Natural Resources Recreation & Tourism, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia
Application deadline June 15, 2015. More information.
Volunteer Program Coordinator, HandsOn Greater Phoenix - City of Phoenix Public Works
Application deadline June 29, 2015. More information.
Sustainability Coordinator, University of Pennsylvania
Application deadline June 30, 2015. More information.
James and Mary Pinchot Fellow in Sustainability Studies, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Review of applications begins July 1, 2015. More information.
TISED Endowed Chair in Sustainable Engineering and Design
Application deadline August 15, 2015. More information.
Policy Analyst, Environmental Policy & Innovation Department, Salt River Project
Sustainability Program Manager, Office of Sustainability, Washington University-St. Louis
Energy Manager, Weber State University
Senior Sustainability Data Analyst, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Manager of Sustainable Development, MGM Resorts International
Manager, Recycling Programs, Keep America Beautiful, Washington, D.C.
Energy and Waste Fellow, Sustainability Program, Luther College
Program Associate, Alliance to Save Energy, Oakland, California
Energy and Utility Manager, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Part-time Executive Assistant, Arizona Public Health Association
Coordinator of Sustainability Education, Central College, Pella, Iowa
Director, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota
Assistant Professor, Freshwater Ecology, Montana State University
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Urban Social-Ecological Systems, The New School
Field Institute Director, McDowell Sonoran Field Institute, Scottsdale, Arizona
Research Professor-Open Rank, Ecosystem Services, Idaho State University