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News and Announcements
Sustainability Series Urban Gardens Talk & Tour: Landscaping Reinvented: Elegant - Edible - Sustainable
(Monday, September 21, 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: 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.
Water/Climate Briefing: DCDC III: Transformational Solutions for Urban Water Sustainability Transitions
(Tuesday, September 22, 2015) This summer the Decision Center for a Desert City was awarded a renewal from the National Science Foundation. Please join us for an introductory panel discussion featuring our DCDC III investigators as they discuss each of the four integrated project areas and their unique role in the project moving forward. At 2:30 p.m. in the Auditorium (101), College Avenue Commons, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Sustainability After School: Preparing for Graduate School
(Wednesday, September 23, 2015) Thinking about applying to graduate school, but not sure how to get started? Come learn more about the process and timeline, and discuss your questions with a panel of graduate students and faculty in the School of Sustainability. RSVP required by Monday, September 20. Open to School of Sustainability majors and minors only. More information and RSVP.
Sustainable Neighborhoods for Happiness Workshop
(Monday, September 28, 2015) Dr. Scott Cloutier, his research team and ASU students will work closely with Phoenix metropolitan area residents to identify how their neighborhoods contribute to their happiness. Discussions will also include strategies to promote greater opportunities for happiness in local neighborhoods and methods to organize around these efforts. From 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Assembly Room, Southeast Regional Library, 775 N Greenfield Rd, Gilbert. More information and RSVP.
Sustainability Series: Poverty in Tempe: Fact vs. Folklore
(Wednesday, September 30, 2015) Join us for a robust discussion on poverty in Tempe, led by representatives from Tempe's and Maricopa County's human-services organizations. Learn about volunteer opportunities to help our most-vulnerable citizens. More information and RSVP.
Sustainability Series: The Road to Paris: What YOU can do to Influence the UN Climate Talks
(Thursday, October 1, 2015) Natalie Lucas, Care About Climate, will present The Road to Paris: What YOU can do to Influence the UN Climate Talks from 10:00-11:15 a.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Wrigley Lecture Series: Tough Truths about Plastic Pollution
(Monday, October 5, 2015) Dianna Cohen, Plastic Pollution Coalition will talk about raising awareness of ocean waste – most of which is nondegradable plastic. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.; Lecture at 4:00 p.m. in the Arizona Ballroom, Memorial Union, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Global Sustainability Studies Program Information Session
(Tuesday, October 6, 2015) Learn about the various Global Sustainability Studies opportunities that will be offered for ASU School of Sustainability students in 2016, including information on scholarships. A light lunch will be served. From 12:00-1:00 p.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. RSVP.
Free Film Screening: Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
(Wednesday, October 7, 2015) Please join us for a free film screening of Plastic Paradise, a film that follows journalist/ filmmaker Angela Sun as she seeks to uncover the cause of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Doors open 6:30 p.m.; showtime at 7:00 p.m. at Harkins Valley Art Theater, 509 S. Mill Ave, Tempe. More information and RSVP.
Sustainability Series Urban Garden Talk & Tour: Equity - Inclusiveness - Empowerment
(Thursday, October 15, 2015) Darren Chapman, TigerMountain Foundation will present Equity - Inclusiveness - Empowerment at 7:00 p.m. at the Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe. More information and RSVP.
Sustainability Series: Radically Simple Campus-Community Sustainability Partnerships
(Tuesday, October 20, 2015) Jessica Barlow, San Diego State University will present Radically Simple Campus-Community Sustainability Partnerships from 12:00-1:15 p.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Sustainability/CSR Reporting Certification for Students
(Friday-Saturday, October 23-24, 2015) Do you envision a world where sustainability guides every organization’s decision-making process? So does the Global Reporting Initiative, which established standardized reporting guidelines used by organizations of all sizes – from academic to corporate, governmental to nonprofit. Using GRI’s guidelines, organizations account for the economic, environmental and social impacts of their activities – thereby creating transparency and encouraging more sustainable practices. The School of Sustainability, in response to student demand, is thrilled to present a two-day certification training in G4 – the latest version of GRI’s guidelines. More information and registration.
Southwest Regional Climate Fundamentals Academies Workshop
(Tuesday-Wednesday, October 27-28, 2015) Learn from experts about the implications of climate change with a regional focus for the southwest United States. The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) is offering a series of two-day training academies produced and offered in partnership with the Arizona State University School of Sustainability. More information and registration.
Sustainability Series: A Search for Edward Abbey
(Wednesday, October 28, 2015) Sean Prentiss, Author and Assistant Professor Norwich University will present A Search for Edward Abbey from 7:00-8:15 p.m. at the Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe. More information and RSVP.
Food Systems Transformation Initiative Workshop: Profitable Small-Scale Farming: Essential Tools & Techniques
(Friday, October 30, 2015) Learn to maximize profits on small farming plots from one of Canada’s most recognized and influential organic growers, Jean-Martin Fortier. During this one-day training, Fortier will provide in-depth instruction on optimizing cropping systems for intensive methods of production. From 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Arizona State University Skysong. More information and registration.
Assimilating Sustainability into Public Service
(Wednesday, November 18, 2015) Join Colin Tetreault, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and Nicole Darnall, School of Sustainability as they discuss Assimilating Sustainability into Public Service from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix campus. This seminar is a collaboration between Bob Ramsey Executive Education and the School of Sustainability. For more information and registration.
Materials Science and Engineering Seminar: Confronting 3D Multi-scale Characterization Challenges in Materials Science
(Friday, September 18, 2015) Arno Merkle, Carl Zeiss X-Ray Microscopy will present Confronting 3D Multi-scale Characterization Challenges in Materials Science at 1:30 p.m. in room 210, Schwada Classroom Office Building, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Seminar: Network Controllability: Fundamental Limitations of Local vs Global Feedback
(Friday, September 18, 2015) Bassam Bamieh, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California-Santa Barbara will present Network Controllability: Fundamental Limitations of Local vs Global Feedback at 1:30 p.m. in room 60, College of Design North, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus.
Center for Evolution & Medicine Friday Seminar: The Importance of Mutation and Recombination Rate Variation – Lessons from Chimpanzees to Lizards
(Friday, September 18, 2015) Susanne Pfeifer, Ecole polytechniqu fédérale de Lausanne will present The Importance of Mutation and Recombination Rate Variation – Lessons from Chimpanzees to Lizards from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in room E244, Life Sciences Center, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
School of Molecular Sciences Seminar: Novel Approaches for Thermoelectric and Strongly Correlated Magnetic Materials
(Friday, September 18, 2015) Kirill Kovnir, Department of Chemistry, University of California-Davis will present Novel Approaches for Thermoelectric and Strongly Correlated Magnetic Materials at 3:40 p.m. in room H151, Physical Sciences Building, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Chemical Engineering Seminar: Distributed Water Systems: Water Treatment Desalinization for Potable Use and Salinity Management
(Monday, September 21, 2015) Yoram Cohen, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of California-Los Angeles will present Distributed Water Systems: Water Treatment Desalinization for Potable Use and Salinity Management at 10:30 a.m. in room 105 (Auditorium), Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus.
Life Sciences Café Brown Bag Seminar Series: Pigs, Pork and Pathogens: MRSA in Unexpected Places
(Monday, September 21, 2015) Tara Smith, College of Public Health, Kent State University will present Pigs, Pork and Pathogens: MRSA in Unexpected Places from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in room E244, Life Sciences Center, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Nanoscience Seminar: Nanobiosensors: From fabrication to applications
(Monday, September 21, 2015) Chao Wang, School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, Arizona State University will present Nanobiosensors: From fabrication to applications from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in room 487, Goldwater Center, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Center for Evolution & Medicine Thursday Seminar: Why and How Immune Systems Reboot: Some Clinical Implications
(Thursday, September 24, 2015) Paul Turke, Department of Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases, University of Michigan will present Why and How Immune Systems Reboot: Some Clinical Implications from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in room E232, Life Sciences Center, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
IHR 10th Anniversary Series: The Future and Value of Humanities Research
(Thursday, September 24, 2015) National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman, William “Bro” Adams will present The Future and Value of Humanities Research at 4:00 p.m. in room 220, Memorial Union, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Evidence-Based Teaching in STEM Seminar: Capturing the Muddiest Point: What Students Don’t Understand
(Friday, September 25, 2015) Steve Krause, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University will present Capturing the Muddiest Point: What Students Don’t Understand from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in E104, Life Sciences Center, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
School of Molecular Sciences Seminar: The Knife-Edge of Photosynthesis: How the Proton Motive Force Enables, Regulates and Limits Photosynthesis
(Friday, September 25, 2015) David Kramer, Michigan State University will present The Knife-Edge of Photosynthesis: How the Proton Motive Force Enables, Regulates and Limits Photosynthesis at 3:40 p.m. in room H151, Physical Sciences Building, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus.
OKED Events for ASU Faculty: DC Steps: Establishing Relationships with Federal Research Agencies
(Wednesday, October 5, 2015) This informal discussion will provide a high-level overview of the main types of federal funding programs and tips on general application procedures and processes. Visit ResearchAcademy.asu.edu for registration information including times and locations.
Center for Nanotechnology in Society Occasional Speaker: Richard P. Applebaum
(Tuesday, October 6, 2015) Richard P. Applebaum, University of California-Santa Barbara, will present China’s Science and Technology Policy – Can It Succeed? from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in room 229 (Santa Cruz), Memorial Union, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. Please register by Thursday, October 1. More information and RSVP.
IHR 10th Anniversary Series: Humanities, Biotechnology and the Politics of Health
(Tuesday, October 6, 2015) Priscilla Ward, Duke University will present Humanities, Biotechnology and the Politics of Health at 4:30 p.m. (Reception at 4:00 p.m. in Secret Garden, West Hall) in room 135, West Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
ASU Faculty and Staff Only Training: Introduction to Research Administration at ASU
(Friday, October 9, 2015) This workshop provides an overview of research administration at ASU. Topics include the life cycle of a sponsored project, an introduction of the offices involved in sponsored projects, and a high-level review of policies governing sponsored projects in general. Intended for those who are new to research administration roles and responsibilities, including Research Advancement and Grant and Contract staff members. This program repeats on a monthly basis. From 9:00-11:30 a.m. More information and RSVP.
Seeking Justice in Arizona Fall Lecture Series: Living Life at Butt Level: Fighting for Disability Rights & Gun Reform
(Wednesday, October 14, 2015) Paralyzed in a random shooting in 2004, Jennifer Longdon is an outspoken advocate for people with disabilities and strengthening laws to curb gun violence. Longdon is an award-winning Phoenix-based speaker, writer, and policy advocate, who has been profiled in AZ magazine, the Phoenix New Times, Salon, Mother Jones and Rolling Stone. At 4:30 p.m. in room 246 (Coconino), Memorial Union, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. Sponsored by the School of Social Transformation.
OKED Events for ASU Faculty: OKED Faculty Lunch Series - Transdisciplinary Research
(Wednesday, October 14, 2015) Join Elizabeth "Betsy" Cantwell, Deputy Vice President and Bill Petuskey, Associate Vice President for a lunch discussion of transdisciplinary research collaboration opportunities. Visit ResearchAcademy.asu.edu for registration information including times and locations.
ASU Faculty and Staff Only Training: Writing Professional Emails Workshop
(Thursday, October 15, 2015) Topics to be covered include: Considering your audience; using the prefatory elements; beginning and closing the message; organizing the contents; legal issues with e-mails; revising and editing e-mails; planning and structuring a work-specific email; and proofreading the message. From 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. More information and RSVP.
Sculpting Science: A Provocative Fusion of Science and Art
(Thursday, October 15, 2015) Please join us for the grand opening of Sculpting Science — the first Arizona State University ceramics exhibit that takes you into a microscopic world of science, far beyond what the human eye can see. In a unique fusion of art and science, ceramics art students used high-resolution microscopic images of nature for inspiration, and science students used this experience to find new and creative ways to present scientific information. From 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Arizona State University Natural History Collections, 734 W. Alameda Dr, Tempe. More information.
Origins Project Panel on Evolving Ethics: Food, Sex & Death
(Friday, October 16, 2015) Join The Origins Project for an exciting panel on ethics with an esteemed group of scholars and philosophers. This Origins Project Panel on Evolving Ethics: Food, Sex & Death will feature Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, Jason Robert, Director at Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, Christopher Wharton, Director at Food Systems Transformation Initiative, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Ron Broglio, Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, and Associate Professor of English, Joan McGregor, Professor of Philosophy at the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. The panel will be moderated by Origins Project Director Lawrence Krauss. More information and registration.
OKED Events for ASU Faculty: Finding Opportunities
(Thursday, October 22, 2015) This Proposal Development workshop will share useful search strategies and resources to help you locate and narrow the list of potential funding opportunities that are suitable for your research. Visit ResearchAcademy.asu.edu for registration information including times and locations.
Movie Premiere: The Long Alchemy of Becoming
(Friday, October 30, 2015) Spend an evening with the Arizona State University scientists and filmmakers behind a new movie featuring a magical oasis in the Chihuahuan Desert. This short film brings together original poetry, music and cinematography to tell the story of the universe as seen at the intersection of the past and the future. The story unfolds at a cluster of unique and diverse aquatic ecosystems in Cuatro Ciénegas, Mexico. Doors open 6:30 p.m.; show at 7:00 p.m., Marston Exploration Theater, ISTB4, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus.
Seeking Justice in Arizona Fall Lecture Series: Life Uncuffed: Moving Arizona Forward
(Wednesday, November 4, 2015) Blending her background in communications with her passion for community activism on immigration reform, education policy and voter rights, Julie Erfle is now the executive director of ProgressNow Arizona, where she promotes progressive issues and public policies through earned media and cutting-edge new media strategies. At 4:30 p.m. in room 246 (Coconino), Memorial Union, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. Sponsored by the School of Social Transformation.
OKED Events for ASU Faculty: The Wonder Years - Professors and Proposals @ 1, 5 and 10 Years
(Wednesday, November 18, 2015) This event will feature ASU faculty and administrators from various disciplines with experience developing proposals at various stages in their careers. This panel will present a meaningful discussion to strategize how faculty can best move their research portfolio to the next level. Visit ResearchAcademy.asu.edu for registration information including times and locations.
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.
OKED Events for ASU Faculty: OKED Workshop for Faculty
(Friday, January 22, 2016) Learn more about services to help advance your research. Institute and Initiative leaders will be available to help you discover collaborative research opportunities. Faculty experts will share their success stories and will help you network with colleagues from across the university. OKED representatives will be available to answer any questions you have on the research administration process. Visit ResearchAcademy.asu.edu for registration information including times and locations.
GreenBiz Webcast: The Opportunities and Challenges of Buying Renewable Energy
(Tuesday, September 22, 2015) Every day, it seems the focus on reducing our carbon emissions increases. So does the pressure on the corporate Chief Sustainability Officer to come up with a strategy that is comprehensive, cost-effective, and that can pass internal muster across a number of constituents with diverse viewpoints. To find out more attend the free, one-hour webcast from 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT (10:00-11:00 a.m. PDT/AZ). More information and registration.
GreenBiz Google Hangout: The Role of Business in Advancing the Circular Economy
(Tuesday, September 22, 2015) In this interactive Google Hangout, hosted by Joel Makower, sustainability leaders from Dow and BSR will discuss what business can do to embrace a circular economy. From 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT (11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. PDT/AZ). More information and registration.
LBC Sonoran Collaborative unMeeting September 2015
(Tuesday, September 22, 2015) Come join the LBC Sonoran Collaborative as we learn about a recently Certified Living Building, The Bullitt Center in Seattle Washington from the architects The Miller Hull Partnership. This session will also include an overall review of the Living Building Challenge system. From 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Goodmans Interior Structures - 1400 E Indian School Rd Phoenix, AZ 85014. More information and RSVP.
2015 Sustainability Symposium – It Takes a Village
(Friday, September 24, 2015) The 2015 Sustainability Symposium intends to provide attendees with information that will help broaden their understanding of sustainability. Maricopa Community College District (MCCCD) has adopted the Triple Bottom Line model to integrate sustainability into its operation - Planet, Profit, People. This Symposium will focus on the “People” aspect of sustainability. For more information and registration.
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.
LeanPath Webinar: Putting Food Waste on the Scoreboard: What You Need to Know
(Tuesday, September 29, 2015) This webinar will cover what you need to know about putting food waste on your operational scoreboard, starting with measurement and data. Attendees will learn about the principles of food waste prevention, tools to provide data, and strategies to make food waste a central focus for your operation. More information and registration.
Tour de Fat
(Saturday, October 3, 2015) Tour de Fat is New Belgium Brewing’s traveling celebration of all things bicycle, honoring humankind’s greatest invention. Born in Fort Collins, Colorado, to increase awareness and participation in cycling as a sustainable form of transportation, Tour de Fat has grown into a national rite of passage for cycling advocates and bon vivants alike. Join the Tour in Tempe at Tempe Beach Park. For more information and registration.
Support Sky Harbor Coalition Neighborhood Cleanup
(Saturday, October 10, 2015) A morning of service and fun with our partners the City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department, City of Phoenix Public Works Department, Wilson School District, Goodwill, ASU School of Sustainability, Office of Councilwoman Kate Gallego (District 8), and Watershed Management Group! From 7:15-11:00 a.m. at Wilson School District, 3025 E Fillmore, Phoenix, AZ 85008. In order to coordinate volunteer teams, please RSVP to Yesenia@goodmanschwartz.com or 602-277-0911. Volunteer registration will also be available the day of the event.
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.
28th Meeting of the Arizona Riparian Council
(Thursday-Friday, October 15-16, 2015) The 28th Meeting of the Arizona Riparian Council will be held in the 1899 Ballroom, High Country Conference Center, Flagstaff, Arizona and is cosponsored by the School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University and the Soil and Water Conservation Society. The theme of this year’s meeting is Tools and Techniques for Assessing and Restoring Riparian Habitat. More information and registration.
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.
Air and Waste Management Association Meeting
(Friday, October 23, 2015) The Air and Waste Management Association - Grand Canyon Section will be hosting a lunch meeting at 11:30 am. Rich Baldauf and Vlad Isakov from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development will be presenting their work on the "Influence of Solid Noise Barriers on Near-Road and On-Road Air Quality", which included a field study along Interstate-17 in Phoenix, Arizona. The meeting will be at Amec Foster Wheeler, 4600 E Washington, Ste 600 (by the 44th Street/Washington Light Rail stop). Guest parking is available in the parking structure to the north of the building. Sandwiches and soft drinks will be provided by AWMA. ($15 member/$20 non-member) RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon, October 21.
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.
Arizona communities must cooperate to achieve water sustainability, say ASU engineers
Mapping the “water footprints” and “virtual water trade” of Arizona municipalities reveals some potentially big challenges for parts of the state’s largest metropolitan area under a forecast of continuing drought and reduced Colorado River allocations to Arizona. Read more.
Cities are finally treating water as a resource, not a nuisance (from GreenBiz.com)
Memorial Day barbecues and parades were thwarted this year in Houston when a massive storm dumped more than 10 inches of rain in two days, creating a Waterworld of flooded freeways, cars, houses and businesses, leaving several people dead and hundreds in need of rescue. But it was a predictable disaster. Read more.
ASU chosen to lead national nanotechnology site
Arizona State University has been chosen to lead a new National Science Foundation site that will provide a Southwest regional infrastructure to advance nanoscale science, engineering and technology research. Read more.
Change the Course: Lessons from a water stewardship movement (from GreenBiz.com)
We’re not going to pull any punches. We’re building a water stewardship movement, and we hope you’ll join us. More than 130,000 people and 22 companies already have. Our goal is nothing less than to change the way society uses, manages and values freshwater. Read more.
Thought Leader Series: Seeing the full picture: Save nature, live better
M. Sanjayan is a leading ecologist, speaker, writer and Emmy-nominated news contributor focused on the role of conservation in improving human well-being, wildlife and the environment. He serves on Conservation International’s senior leadership team as executive vice president and senior scientist, and is the host of the 2015 PBS TV series, Earth – A New Wild. Read more.
ASU Regents' Professor mines big data to monitor environment
Janet Franklin isn’t the sort of person who likes to raise alarms, but when she talks about the environment, people should take notice. She says humans are wreaking havoc on Mother Earth, and her perspective carries the weight of big data as she monitors the dynamics of Earth’s changing climate and surface. Read more.
10 companies feeding the urban farming boom (from GreenBiz.com)
Gone are the days of urban farming as a quirky hobby rather than a viable channel for food production. With more reports sounding alarms about looming food scarcity issues, the urban agriculture sector is also increasingly melding with the boom in agriculture tech, breeding companies offering everything from unorthodox growing setups to soil sensors, hydroponics and all manner of crop data analytics. Read more.
ASU named nation's most innovative campus in annual rankings
In its newly-released college rankings for 2016, which compare more than 1,500 institutions on a variety of metrics, U.S. News and World Report listed Arizona State University at the top of its “most innovative schools” list. Read more.
UGEC Viewpoints: The Places Left Behind
The largest labor force migration in history is underway, driven by urbanization, global communications, low-cost labor, business growth and technological innovation. This transition began in Europe and North America in the late 18th century at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution and now encompasses most of the world. In this pattern, labor migrates from agriculture into higher value occupations such as manufacturing, where the transitioning region usually has a cost advantage, and later into the services sector as manufacturing industry is lost in turn to newly developing regions. Read more.
Looking to forests for urban water solutions (from GreenBiz.com)
Have you ever walked through an evergreen forest in the rain? There is a hush all around. The forest floor is spongy and soft beneath your feet, and the layers and textures all around you create a coziness, a feeling of being protected. As you take a deep breath of fresh, clean air, you know it’s raining big drops up above, but all you feel is a cool mist floating down through the canopy. Read more.
White House announces ASU to lead National STEM Collaborative
The White House has announced that Arizona State University will lead the National STEM Collaborative, a consortium of 19 institutions of higher education and nonprofit partners committed to supporting minority girls and women in STEM fields. Read more.
Education: Sustainability solution or false prophet? (from GreenBiz.com)
The first rule of marketing is don’t market to yourself. Yet, it never ceases to amaze me how often sustainability and recycling experts fall into the trap of talking to themselves. We hear it all the time: “If customers only knew that my product was the greener choice, they would buy it. So, let's put some flowers on the package and call it eco. Send the designers home for the day. Problem solved, right? Read more.
ASU populating the world of 'data science cowboys'
In the 10-minute span that a student buys a cup of coffee, tweets a photo of her lunch and then logs onto her online course, she generates data. Multiply that by millions of users every day, and companies like Twitter can harvest 10 terabytes of data — enough to hold the contents of the entire Library of Congress. Read more.
10 ways the circular economy is changing the way businesses think (from GreenBiz.com)
To mark the world’s premier circular awards program, The Circulars, opening up entries for 2016, we take a look at the impact that a circular economy approach is already having on businesses. Two studies in recent weeks have put some hard figures to the economic benefits that a shift to the circular economy could bring. Read more.
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
August 2015 drought summary is online.
July Southwest Climate Outlook
The July 2015 Southwest Climate Outlook is online.
CLIMAS Podcast: July 2015 – The Monsoon Edition
Manager, Information Technology
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 17105BR.
Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
Application deadline September 21, 2015. More information.
Student, Energy Policy Research Aide, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University
Application deadline September 21, 2015. Go to ASU Student Employment and search for job ID 16873BR.
Student, General Communications Assistant, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University
Application deadline September 21, 2015. Go to ASU Student Employment and search for job ID 16860BR.
Student, Graphics/Media Communications Assistant, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University
Application deadline September 21, 2015. Go to ASU Student Employment and search for job ID 16864BR.
Student, Writing Communications Assistant, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University
Application deadline September 21, 2015. Go to ASU Student Employment and search for job ID 16868BR.
Communications Officer, LTER National Communications Office, University of California-Santa Barbara
Application deadline September 28, 2015. More information.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech
Review of applications begins September 30, 2015. More information.
Two Positions, Aquatic Ecologist and Geographic Ecologist, University of Oklahoma
Review of applications begins October 1, 2015. More information.
Water Resource Engineering Faculty Positions, Penn State
Review of applications begins October 1, 2015. More information.
Assistant Professor, Hydrology, Penn State
Review of applications begins October 1, 2015. More information.
Assistant Professor, Geospatial Analysis, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida
Application deadline October 15, 2015. More information.
Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, Eckerd College
Application deadline October 16, 2015. More information.
Tenure-Track Faculty, Schatz Energy Research Center, Humboldt State University
Application deadline October 30, 2015. More information.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Environment and Society, Brown University
Application deadline November 1, 2015. More information.
Freshwater Biologist, Biology Department, Missouri State University
Application deadline November 3, 2015. More information.
Assistant, Associate or Full Scientist/Curator, California Academy of Science
Several positions. Application deadline November 1, 2015. More information.
Full-time Faculty Position in Science, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Application deadline November 20, 2015. More information.
Postdoctoral Fellowships, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center and Long-Term Ecological Research Program
Application deadline December 7, 2015. More information.
Transportation Program Manager, Smart Growth America
Program Associate, Smart Growth America
Economic Development/Community Development Specialist, Smart Growth America
Research Analyst, Smart Growth America
Communications Associate, Smart Growth America
Outreach Associate, Transportation for America
Temporary Water Conservation Specialist, City of Glendale, Arizona
Director for Environmental Services, Portland State University
Senior Sustainability Data Analyst, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Part-time Executive Assistant, Arizona Public Health Association
Coordinator of Sustainability Education, Central College, Pella, Iowa
Director, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota
Research Professor-Open Rank, Ecosystem Services, Idaho State University