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Other Events - On Campus
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News and Announcements
PhD Defense: John Harlow
(Monday, July 20, 2015) John Harlow will defend his PhD dissertation Populating and Facilitating Urban Sustainability Transition Arenas at 10:00 a.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. Faculty, students, and the general public are invited. More information.
School of Sustainability 2015 Fall Welcome and Camp SOS
(August 17, 18, 28-30 and September 30, 2015) The School of Sustainability provides a warm welcome to all incoming students with signature events where they will have the opportunity to get to know their peers, faculty and staff, and learn more about their future as a sustainability student. See web listing for various events.
Sustainability Series: On the Front Lines of Urban Sustainability: Destination, Hong Kong
(Tuesday, September 22, 2015) 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 presented to the public on issues of land use, waste, energy, and conservation and biodiversity. From 12:00-1:30 p.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Sustainability Series: Landscaping Reinvented: Elegant - Edible - Sustainable
(Tuesday, September 22, 2015) Justin Rohner, Agriscaping, will present Landscaping Reinvented: Elegant - Edible - Sustainable at 7:00 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe. More information and RSVP.
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.
Biodesign Institute Seminar: Translating Gene Discovery Efforts into Primary Prevention and Drug Discovery: Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s Disease
(Friday, July 31, 2015) Philip De Jager will present Translating Gene Discovery Efforts into Primary Prevention and Drug Discovery: Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s Disease at 2:30 p.m. in the Auditorium (B105), Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
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.
GreenBiz Webcast: Extending the Team: The Role of Outsourcing to Achieve Sustainability Objectives
(Tuesday, July 21, 2015) GreenBiz Group partnered with Siemens in a comprehensive research study to determine what happens when internal sustainability teams seek outside resources to guide their efforts or outsource their activities. At 1:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. AZ). More information and registration.
Home Greywater Made Easy
(Thursday, July 23, 2015) This free class will introduce you to all the potential uses for greywater in your landscape. You’ll start with a brief tour of greywater-harvesting features on site, followed by an introduction to greywater harvesting and information about the rebate. From 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the WMG Living Lab and Learning Center, 1137 N. Dodge Blvd, Tucson. More information.
Urban Farming Workshop Series: Integrated Pest Management
(Thursday, July 23, 2015) Kelly Young, Maricopa County Cooperative Extension will present the Integrated Pest Management workshop to learn about controlling those garden pests from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Event Tent, Mesa Community College, 1833 W Southern Ave, Mesa. There will be another session on Saturday, July 25 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at George B. Brooks Sr. Community Schoool, 3146 E Wier Ave, Phoenix. Free but an RSVP is required. More information.
FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement
(Thursday, July 23 and Friday, July 24, 2015) This film was produced and directed by Regan Brashear, who completed final editing on the film while sponsored by the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO) as an artist in residence at Arizona State University. We'd like to congratulate this talented filmmaker and celebrate the PBS launch of this dynamic and thought-provoking film. How much of human body can we alter and still be human? What do we gain or lose in the process? This award-winning documentary explores the social impact of human augmentation. Haunting and humorous, poignant and political, FIXED rethinks "disability" and "normalcy" by exploring technologies that promise to change our bodies and minds forever. CSPO faculty were consulted on the development of accompanying educational materials. CSPO affiliate Gregor Wolbring of the University of Calgary is featured in the cast. Local showings in Phoenix/Tempe area are on Thursday, 7/23, 9:00 p.m. AND Friday 7/24: 2:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 4:00 p.m. Find the schedule for a telecast in your area (as of this posting) or check for the most current schedule/summary of telecasts here: http://www.fixedthemovie.com/media/.
2015 Arizona Water Reuse Symposium
(Sunday-Wednesday, July 26-28, 2015) The AZ Water is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit educational organization founded in 1928 with a membership of 2,700 water/wastewater professionals dedicated to preserving and enhancing Arizona's water environment. Although AZ Water is an independent organization, it also serves as the Arizona section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Arizona member association of the Water Environment Federation (WEF). Their symposium will be held at the Little America Hotel, 2515 E. Butler Ave, Flagstaff. More information and registration.
Security & Sustainability Forum Webinar: Recycling Waste CO2 to Fuels
(Tuesday, July 28, 2015) The Future of Sustainable Transportation Fuels webinar series will include the emerging technological possibilities for captured CO2 from waste streams (or directly from the atmosphere) and using it as a pre-concentrated carbon source to produce transportation fuels, which falls in the space of “carbon capture and utilization” (CCU). From 10:15-11:45 a.m. MST. More information and registration.
Security & Sustainability Forum Webinar: Megatrends – The Food, Water, Energy Nexus
(Thursday, July 30, 2015) Join the Security and Sustainability Forum and hosts – the National Council on Science and the Environment, the Willdan Group and the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University -- in a free webinar as we explore the challenges and opportunities in meeting food, water and energy goals in developed and developing nations on a changing planet. From 10:15-11:45 a.m. MST. 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.
SHADE – Southwest Horticulture Annual Day of Education
(Friday, August 7, 2015) The Arizona Nursery Association will be hosting SHADE 2015, a one-day educational seminar for landscape and nursery professionals. To be held at the Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E Missouri Ave, Phoenix. 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 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.
UGEC Viewpoints: Ecologically-Smart Cities: Keeping Urban Ecosystems Centre Stage in India's Smart Cities Programme
On a path of accelerated urbanization, India is going through substantial changes in its land cover and land use. In 1950, shortly after Indian independence, only 17% of the country’s population lived in cities. Today, India’s urban population stands at 33%. India contains three of the world’s ten largest cities, Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata; as well as three of the world’s ten fastest growing cities, Ghaziabad, Surat, and Faridabad. Read more.
Solar Impulse Update
Awaiting repairs necessitated by overheating of some of the battery packs, the Solar Impulse will attempt to complete the Round-the-World flight NEXT YEAR (2016). While they had hoped to continue this August, the battery replacement and repairs would push the limits of the flying season (requiring longer days and shorter nights) this year. We look forward to welcoming them in Phoenix next spring when they resume, currently planned for April. Details and video statements by Bertrand and André on the http://solarimpulse.com website.
New program helps students navigate the complex world of science diplomacy
In January 2013, just a few months shy of earning her doctorate in molecular cell biology at the University of Queensland, Marga Gual Soler was on the standard path toward becoming a researcher. But after so many isolated hours in a lab, her area of vision often confined to the microscopic world of traveling proteins, Gual Soler was feeling disconnected. Read more.
The $520 million White House bid to widen access to solar (from GreenBiz.com)
When solar panels first started appearing on rooftops, the buildings beneath those roofs were uniformly wealthy. The up-front investment required to install solar, at $10,000 or more, was usually just too big a barrier for most U.S. households, not to mention those living paycheck to paycheck. The same could be said for small- or medium-sized businesses with tight cash flow. Read more.
River Network River Voices: Green Infrastructure and Urban Rivers
River Network’s July newsletter is all about green infrastructure and urban rivers. They explore the topic of turning our cities blue, of moving from gray to green infrastructure, and the related benefits to our communities of restoring the health of our urban waters. Read more.
Whole Foods tops responsible seafood list, Grocer Hy-Vee leaps (from GreenBiz.com)
If you don’t make your home in the midwestern United States, chances are you’ve never heard of Hy-Vee. That will change. The $8.7 billion privately held supermarket chain is making quite the name for itself when it comes to sustainably sourced seafood — climbing into the Top 3 on the annual Greenpeace ranking of major U.S. grocery retailers. Read more.
Keep Arizona Beautiful: Salute to the Innovators
At a rural high school in the mountains of Guerrero state in Mexico the students significantly lack resources. See what they came up with! Read more.
Best Buy, Grainger and the secrets to take-back success (from GreenBiz.com)
Consumer concern about the environment is here to stay, as evidenced by a recent survey of U.S. consumers that turned up a recurring sentiment of “green guilt” related to unmet desire to do more to help the environment. Read more.
From Energy Star to Tenant Star: The next frontier in building efficiency (from GreenBiz.com)
On April 23, Congress passed the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015, a small but important bipartisan bill focused on improving efficiency in U.S. buildings. For many in the real estate industry, the most notable portion of the bill directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to create a tenant-focused version of EPA’s very successful Energy Star for buildings program. Read more.
21 on Twitter: The Big Green leaders (from GreenBiz.com)
Whether activists are friends, frenemies or outright foes of your company, you need to keep up with their campaigns. Don't wait for your PR guru to alert you when whispers about your brand become shouts on social media; follow these NGO leaders directly on Twitter. Read more.
Tempe Sustainability Commission Opportunity
Tempe City Council just approved the establishment of a Sustainability Commission. The Commission will advise Council and staff on ways to help the Tempe's sustainability programs reach their full potential. Projects reflect goals surrounding water conservation, renewable energy, recycling, transportation, and sustaining city infrastructure. The Commission has requirements for members with specific areas of expertise. Volunteer applications are now being accepted online at the City of Tempe Boards and Commissions website.
EPA Launches 2015 Campus RainWorks Challenge
EPA is calling for entries in its fourth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a green infrastructure design competition for undergraduate and graduate students. Student teams, working with a faculty advisor, will submit design boards, a project narrative, and a letter of support for a green infrastructure project on their campuses. This year, student teams will be encouraged to incorporate climate resiliency into their stormwater management designs. Registration opens September 1 and ends September 30. Teams must submit their entries by December 18, and winners will be announced on April 22, 2016. First-place teams will earn $2,000 to divide evenly among students, and a faculty prize of $3,000 to support green infrastructure research or training. More information: www.epa.gov/campusrainworks.
Arizona Department of Water Resource Drought Program
June 2015 drought summary is online.
June Southwest Climate Outlook
The June 2015 Southwest Climate Outlook is online.
CLIMAS Podcast: June 2015
Education Program Coordinator Senior, Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainable Research Network
Application deadline is July 27, 2015. To review the posting and apply to this position, please visit https://cfo.asu.edu/hr-applicant and click on Applicant under Staff Positions. Search openings for Requisition ID number 14942BR.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Resilience of Coupled Infrastructure Networks)
Project Manager, Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainable Research Network
Application deadline is July 23, 2015. To review the posting and apply to this position, please visit https://cfo.asu.edu/hr-applicant and click on Applicant under Staff Positions. Search openings for Requisition ID number 14943BR.
Water Policy Analyst, Arizona Municipal Water Users Association
Application deadline July 24, 2015. More information.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Science & the Imagination, Arizona State University
Application deadline July 27, 2015. More information.
Natural Infrastructure Fellow, The Nature Conservancy, Madison, Wisconsin
Application deadline July 28, 2015. More information.
Sustainability Manager, University of Minnesota
Application deadline July 31, 2015. More information.
Director, Resiliency, Urban Land Institute
Application deadline July 31, 2015. More information.
Senior Renewable Energy Program Manager, Apple
Application deadline July 31, 2015. More information.
Midwest Policy Manager, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Dayton, Ohio
Application deadline July 31, 2015. More information.
Sustainability and Energy Manager, University of Puget Sound
Application deadline July 31, 2015. More information.
PhD and Postdoc Positions, The Center for Energy Technologies, Aarhus University
Application deadline August 1, 2015. More information.
Deputy Director, Environmental & Sustainability, City of Mesa, Arizona
Application deadline August 6, 2015. More information.
Director, Center for Collaborative Conservation, Colorado State University
Application deadline August 14, 2015. More information.
Adjunct Professor, Department of Environmental Studies, University of New England
Applicatin deadline August 15, 2015. More information.
TISED Endowed Chair in Sustainable Engineering and Design
Application deadline August 15, 2015. More information.
Assistant, Associate or Full Scientist/Curator, California Academy of Science
Several positions. Application deadline November 1, 2015. More information.
Local Foods Coordinator — Local First Arizona Foundation (Phoenix)
Go to ASU Lodestar and search under General Program/Coordinator jobs.
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
Research Professor-Open Rank, Ecosystem Services, Idaho State University