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News and Announcements
Sustainability Series: Equity - Inclusiveness - Empowerment
(Thursday, October 15, 2015) Darren Chapman, TigerMountain Foundation will present Equity - Inclusiveness - Empowerment at 6:00 p.m. at the Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe. More information and RSVP.
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.
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.
GoDaddy Presents Private Screening of Code: Debugging the Gender Gap
(Thursday, July 30, 2015) Join us to see CODE, a film that examines the reasons why more girls and people of color are not seeking opportunities in computer science. It explores how cultural mindsets, stereotypes, educational hurdles, and sexism all play roles in this national crisis. At 5:30 p.m. at GoDaddy Scottsdale Auditorium, 14455 N. Hayden Rd, Scottsdale. More information. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative Lecture: Paolo Bacigalupi
(Thursday, September 17, 2015) 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 that captures a not-so-distant future. Will Phoenix eventually collapse? Will the river dry up? New York Times-bestselling author Paolo Bacigalupi will visit Phoenix to discuss “The Water Knife,” and the future of the Colorado River as part of ASU’s Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative. At the Tempe Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m. Check for tickets starting August 25.
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.
Homeland & Global Security Forum
(Wednesday-Thursday, October 14-15, 2015) The 17th International Summit on Transnational Crime will take place in Geneva, Switzerland. Being a multidimensional platform this Summit brings together heads of state and government, intelligence agencies, and businesses address the key to global security challenges of our world. More information.
2015 Quality of Life Conference: The Future of Quality of Life
(Thursday-Saturday, October 15-17, 2015) 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 exciting convening of quality of life thinkers to explore ideas, new approaches, and innovative thinking about dimensions of quality of life that impact us all, including immigration and inclusion, climate change and issues of resources, rapid urbanization and fascinating cultures intersecting in one of the US's largest cities. October 15 - 17, 2015 in Phoenix. More information.
AASHE 2015 Conference & Expo
(Sunday-Wednesday, 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.
VERGE 2015: Where Tech Meets Sustainability
(Monday-Thursday, October 26-29, 2015) See how technology accelerates sustainability solutions in a climate-constrained world. VERGE is GreenBiz Group's global event series focusing on the technologies and systems that accelerate sustainability solutions across sectors in a climate-constrained world. The event brings together the world’s largest companies, technology innovators, utilities and cities, creating a broad ecosystem of players to accelerate opportunities for business, the environment and society. The program focuses on transformative but practical, scalable, solutions-oriented exchanges through seven program tracks: Grid 2.0, Next-Gen Buildings, Smart Cities, Connected Transportation, Intelligent Supply Chains, Food & Ag Tech and Sustainable Water Systems. To be held at the Fairmont Hotel, San Jose, California. 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. More information.
Greenbuild: Monumental Green Conference and Expo
(Wednesday-Friday, November 18-20, 2015) Greenbuild is the premier event for sustainable building. Featuring three exhilarating days of uplifting speakers, unmatched networking opportunities, showcases, LEED workshops and tours of green buildings in Washington, DC, Greenbuild offers a place for thousands to gather and renew their commitment to the green movement. Expo will be held November 18-19 and the Conference November 18-20. More information.
21st Century STEM: Integrate to Innovate Conference
(Thursday-Sunday, 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.
ASU research points way to designing crack-resistant metals
Sometimes looking at something at the smallest scale can lead to solutions to big problems. A recent study into the interactions of metal alloys at the nanometer and atomic scales is likely to aid advances in preventing the failure of systems critical to public and industrial infrastructure. Read more.
Can we (should we) put a price tag on nature? (From GreenBiz.com)
For businesses, natural capital has often been seen as the environmental economics equivalent of a free lunch. Companies could use water or timber, or emit vast amounts of carbon with little recognition to the actual impacts or value it had on the natural world. Read more.
ASU works with Navajo planners to map out tribe's destiny through training program
The Navajo Nation is continuing to map its own future, and ASU is playing a key support role. Read more.
Will 'floatovoltaics' become the next big thing? (From GreenBiz.com)
Energy and water keep showing up together in many articles and conversations. We now have the energy-water nexus, a term that highlights the interdependencies of the two. Getting water, moving it around and purifying it requires a great deal of energy. Read more.
ASU Green Devils honored for sustainability habits
Every Monday is “Sustainability Monday” for Angie Laskarides. Armed with plenty of no-cost, easy-to-use resources, the program coordinator senior sends an email to her colleagues from the Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation with topics that include: how to tap into ASU’s sustainability initiatives; where to obtain online sustainability literacy training; and details about the Staff Council used book collection and resale event. Read more.
Google's next data center will be a converted coal plant
Google is constructing another data center in the US, but the location it's settled on might surprise you. Instead of building a site from scratch, the company has decided to redevelop an old coal power plant in Alabama. Read more.
Materials from 49ers' Candlestick Park score a second life (from GreenBiz.com)
San Francisco 49ers fans may cringe at the sight of Candlestick Park being demolished after 40 years as the football team's home field, but perhaps some consolation can be offered with the knowledge that the stadium's materials will find a sustainable second life. Read more.
Out of this world: Space instrument marks beginning of new era for ASU
When Phil Christensen loads the OTES instrument into its secure shipping container, he admits he’ll have some mixed emotions. Read more.
P&G and Sears share their secrets on the path to zero waste (from GreenBiz.com)
Zero waste has become a clarion call among cities and businesses trying to reach the ultimate in sustainability. Consumers and citizens want it. Read more.
Calculating your renewable energy potential? There's an app for that (from GreenBiz.com)
Businesses and individuals can make use of a free smartphone app to calculate the renewable energy generation potential of a given location. Read more.
ASU scientist looks ahead to UN climate talks with tempered optimism
Hope has a way of evaporating when Sonja Klinsky talks about the international pursuit of global climate change. Read more.
ASU Mars camera makes 60,000 orbits of Red Planet
This week, a camera designed at ASU and carried on NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter will pass a milestone: 60,000 orbits of the Red Planet. In its time there, it has taken nearly 400,000 images, enabling scientists to map much of the planet's surface and continuing a tradition of ASU instruments on Mars. 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.
Arizona Department of Water Resource Drought Program
May 2015 drought summary is online.
June Southwest Climate Outlook
The June 2015 Southwest Climate Outlook is online.
CLIMAS Podcast: May 2015 Southwest Climate Podcast
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Resilience of Coupled Infrastructure Networks)
Volunteer Program Coordinator, HandsOn Greater Phoenix - City of Phoenix Public Works
Application deadline June 29, 2015. More information.
Eight PhD positions, Leverage Points for Sustainability Transformation, Leuphana University
PhD 1: Institutional dynamics in sustainable transformation
PhD 2: Institutional dynamics in sustainable transformation, with special focus on energy or food/agricultural systems
PhD 3: Human-nature connections and institutional dynamics
PhD 4: Conceptualizing and quantifying human-nature connections (conceptualization)
PhD 5: Conceptualizing and quantifying human-nature connections (quantification)
PhD 6: Sustainability-related knowledge creation and use (opportunities for change)
PhD 7: Sustainability-related knowledge creation and use (sustainability conceptualization and opportunities for change)
PhD 8: Inter- and transdisciplinary knowledge creation in action
Application deadline June 30, 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.
Water Quality Specialist, New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Application deadline July 2, 2015. More information.
Water Policy Analyst, Arizona Municipal Water Users Association
Application deadline July 24, 2015. More information.
TISED Endowed Chair in Sustainable Engineering and Design
Application deadline August 15, 2015. More information.
Science Coordinator, Monarch Joint Venture
Cleanup Project Manager, Department of Ecology, State of Washington
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 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
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