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News and Announcements
Sustainability Series Urban Gardens Talk & Tour: Tour of Justin Rohner’s Agriscaped Home
(Saturday, October 10, 2015) Sign up to tour Justin Rohner urban garden at his agriscaped home in Gilbert and enjoy a complimentary lunch harvested from his garden. More information and RSVP.
Special Engagement with USAID’s Global Water Coordinator
(Monday, October 12, 2015) Christian Holmes, U.S. Agency for International Development will discuss Arizona State University’s Global Development Research Program from 2:15-3:30 p.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Information Session: London and Paris: Sustainability in Science Museum
(Wednesday, October 14, 2015) You will visit London and Paris to gain a cross-cultural perspective on revered museums and other cultural venues in London and Paris, including: Natural History Museum and Science Museum of London, Louvre, and Chateau de Versailles. From 12:00-1:00 p.m. in room 401, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Information Session: Sustainability Challenges of the Wildlife Economy in South Africa
(Wednesday, October 14, 2015) Learn about the summer 2016 Global Sustainability Studies program Sustainability Challenges of the Wildlife Economy in South Africa. From 4:30-5:30 p.m. in room 401, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
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.
PhD Prospectus Defense: Sheryl Musgrove
(Monday, October 19, 2015) Sheryl Musgrove will defend her PhD prospectus Why do Some Municipalities in the United States Engage in Climate Change Action and Not Others? A Multi-Level, Multiple Case Study of “In-Sync” and “Out-of-Sync” Municipalities from States Across the Spectrum of Action on Climate Change. Faculty, students and the general public are invited. At 10:00 a.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
PhD Defense: Edgar Cardenas
(Monday, October 19, 2015) Edgar Cardenas will defend his PhD dissertation Art-Science for Sustainability. Faculty, students and the general public are invited. At 1:00 p.m. in room 254, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
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.
Information Session: Sustainable Development across Morocco: National Policies to Local Solutions
(Wednesday, October 21, 2015) Learn about the summer 2016 Global Sustainability Studies program Sustainable Development across Morocco: National Polices to Local Solutions. From 12:00-1:00 p.m. in room 401, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Information Session: Urban Sustainability in Hong Kong
(Wednesday, October 21, 2015) Learn about the summer 2016 Global Sustainability Studies program Urban Sustainability in Hong Kong. From 3:00-4:00 p.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Information Session: Risk and Resiliency in Earthquake Affected Urban and Rural Nepal
(Wednesday, October 21, 2015) Learn about the summer 2016 Global Sustainability Studies program Risk and Resiliency in Earthquake affected Urban and Rural Nepal. From 4:00-5:00 p.m. in room 401, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Sustainability Series: Artist Paul Nosa: Creations with a Solar-Powered Sewing Machine
(Thursday, October 22, 2015) Join Arizona native Paul Nosa for a sewing performance with his Solar Sewing Rover – a sewing machine powered by solar or a bicycle with an electric generator. Nosa uses titles or people’s five-word scenarios to “draw” with a sewing machine without a template or computer. From 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the breezeway, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
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.
Information Session: Building Community Resilience Through Sustainability Planning in the UK and Denmark
(Tuesday, October 27, 2015) Learn more about the summer 2016 Global Sustainability Studies program Building Community Resilience Through Sustainability Planning in the UK and Denmark. From 12:00-1:00 p.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Biodiversity Series: Resilience or Resourcefulness – Which Makes Most Sense for the Anthropocene?
(Wednesday, October 28, 2015) Peter Kareiva, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, University of California-Los Angeles will present Resilience or Resourcefulness – Which Makes Most Sense for the Anthropocene? From 1:30-3:30 p.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University, Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
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.
Biodiversity Series: 2050: Can We Get to a Sustainable World by Then?
(Thursday, October 29, 2015) Peter Kareiva, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, University of California-Los Angeles will present 2050: Can We Get to a Sustainable World by Then? From 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Marston Theater, ISTB4, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. 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.
LightWorks Series: Energy: A Perception of Human Culture and History
(Friday, October 30, 2015) Stephanie Rupp, City University of New York-Lehman College will present Energy: A Perception of Human Culture and History from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Global Sustainability Studies Program Information Session
(Tuesday, November 17, 2015) earn 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. RSVP.
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.
(Monday-Thursday, February 23-25, 2016) The eighth annual GreenBiz defines the trends, challenges and opportunities in sustainable business now. GreenBiz 2016 brings together GreenBiz Group, The Sustainability Consortium, and ASU's Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives. We leverage our vast networks, insights and domain expertise to bring you the brightest thinkers and most influential leaders. You'll get an unparalleled in-depth look at the key challenges and opportunities facing sustainable business today. This annual forum is framed by the annual State of Green Business report, the ninth annual edition of GreenBiz’s acclaimed accounting of key sustainability metrics and trends. The report, combined with the high-wattage stage presentations, workshops and networking opportunities that have become hallmarks of GreenBiz events, makes GreenBiz 2016 an unforgettable event. It will be held at the JW Marriott Camelback Resort, 5402 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85253. Presented in partnership with The Sustainability Consortium and The Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, a unit of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. More information and registration.
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Seminar: Polymer-nanoparticle Composites: Modeling their Microstructure, Assembly, Mechanism, and Viscoelastic Properties
(Friday, October 9, 2015) Guarav Arya, University of California-San Diego will present Polymer-nanoparticle Composites: Modeling their Microstructure, Assembly, Mechanism, and Viscoelastic Properties at 1:30 p.m. in room 60, College of Design North, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. Contact Durella.ODonnell@asu.edu for more information.
School of Life Sciences Social Insect Group Seminar: The Sensory Ecology of Olfaction: Cracking the Olfactory Code using Natural Odors
(Friday, October 9, 2015) Brian Smith, Arizona State University will present The Sensory Ecology of Olfaction: Cracking the Olfactory Code using Natural Odors from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in room 401, ISTB1, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Materials Science and Engineering Seminar: Rational Computation-Guided Design of Polymer Dielectrics
(Friday, October 9, 2015) Rampi Ramprasad, University of Connecticut will present Rational Computation-Guided Design of Polymer Dielectrics at 1:30 p.m. in room 210, Schwada Classroom Office Building, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. Contact Durella.ODonnell@asu.edu for more information.
IHR 10th Anniversary Series: Urbanism and the Humanities: The Contribution of the Humanities to the Megacities of the Future
(Wednesday, October 14, 2015) Ursula Heise, University of California-Los Angeles will explore how urbanization functions as a specific dimension of the Anthropocene, and how narrative fiction - especially science fiction - and poetry might help us re-envision the boundary that has traditionally separated urban from natural spaces. Reception at 4:00 p.m. in Secret Garden, West Hall; lecture at 4:30 p.m. in room 135, West Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. 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.
OKED Training for Employees: 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; Proofreading the message. From 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in room 310-10, Centerpoint, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
ASU Wellness: Introduction to Bicycle Maintenance
(Thursday, October 15, 2015) The class will cover the parts of a bicycle, basic bicycle tools, and how to fix a flat tire. It will also go over simple tasks you can do yourself to take care of your bike, from lubricating the chain to adjusting the saddle. From 1:30-2:30 p.m. at room A311, Physical Sciences Center, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. Please register by October 12.
IHR 10th Anniversary Series: The Legacy of the Digital Humanities: Scholarship, Resources, Innovation
(Thursday, October 15, 2015) Join Jennifer Guiliano, Indiana University/Purdue University as she explores the ways that the digital humanities can innovate the technical and social architectures of the academy. Reception at 4:00 p.m. Hayden Library Courtyard; lecture at 4:30 p.m. in room C55, Hayden Library (entrance level), Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
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.
School of Life Sciences STEM Seminar: Place-based Learning in STEM
(Friday, October 16, 2015) Steve Semken, Arizona State University will present Place-based Learning in STEM from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in room E104, Life Sciences Center, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Celebrating Humanities Fun at ASU
(Friday, October 16, 2015) As part of a month-long commemoration of its 10th Anniversary, the Institute of Humanities Research (IHR) will be hosting a party to celebrate the diversity of humanities research at ASU. Come broaden your horizons through virtual reality, or awash yourself in multisensory performances; learn origami and create memories in the humanities photobooth; express your poetic side at the open mic, or share your passion through the Humanities Manifesto board; above all: eat, drink, and be merry with other lovers of the humanities! This party will be a unique and exciting way to truly honor the ways in which the IHR and its affiliates have expanded humanities research at ASU for the last 10 years. Come celebrate with us! From 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the ASU Art Museum, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
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.
Farmers Market @ASU
(Tuesday, October 20, 2015) Farmers Market from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on the Student Services Lawn. Enjoy fresh produce, local food and delicious ready-to-eat items. For more information, visit asu.edu/farmersmarket.
ASU Wellness: Introduction to Bicycle Maintenance
(Thursday, October 22, 2015) The class will cover the parts of a bicycle, basic bicycle tools, and how to fix a flat tire. It will also go over simple tasks you can do yourself to take care of your bike, from lubricating the chain to adjusting the saddle. From 1:30-2:30 p.m. at A103, Mohave Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus (Look for a bike class sign outside). Please register by October 19.
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.
School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning Seminar: Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Does Energy Security Trump the Rest?
(Friday, October 23, 2015) Christopher Scott, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and the School of Geography and Development, University of Arizona will present Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Does Energy Security Trump the Rest? From 12:00-1:00 p.m. in room 101, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. For more information.
OKED Training for Employees: Introduction to iPAR (Integrated Planning and Reporting)
(Tuesday, October 27, 2015) iPAR (Integrated Planning and Reporting) is OKED's Excel-based integrated system for managing and forecasting Sponsored Projects as well as State, Local and TRIF accounts. iPAR is a tool for a department, individual PI, institute or college to monitor the funds available to them. This overview will help you understand how iPAR works to forecast expenditures and simulate financial changes to your sponsored projects. From 10:00-11:00 a.m. in room 310-10, Centerpoint, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
OKED Training for Employees: Outlook - Getting Organized
Learn how to manage high email volume efficiently! Drew Brown will discuss tools and several new features in Outlook 2013. Guest presenters and heavy email users Andrea Hom, and Laura Boyd will demonstrate their different systems for managing their email. From 10:00-11:00 a.m. in room 310-10, Centerpoint, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
ASU Wellness: Introduction to Bicycle Maintenance
(Thursday, October 29, 2015) The class will cover the parts of a bicycle, basic bicycle tools, and how to fix a flat tire. It will also go over simple tasks you can do yourself to take care of your bike, from lubricating the chain to adjusting the saddle. From 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Sun Devil Fitness Center, 1st Floor Training Center, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. Please register by October 26.
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.
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.
LBC Sonoran Collaborative Unmeeting: Tour of Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center
(Tuesday, October 13, 2015) Join the Living Building Challenge Sonoran Collaborative for a Tour of the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center (3131 S. Central Ave, Phoenix), from 5:30-7:00 p.m. led by Project Architect Phil Weddle of Weddle Gilmore and Black Rock Studio. More information and RSVP.
For the Love of Shade & Shelter
(Wednesday, October 14, 2015) This is People's Climate Movement Day and actions will be taking place across the globe. Please join us during the lunch hour outside of Central Arizona Shelter Services to help those in need, as we pass out 200 umbrellas lovingly donated by SunHarvest Solar, toiletry kits and other donated items. From 12:00-1:00 p.m. at Central Arizona Shelter Services, 230 S 12th Ave, Phoenix. More information.
Care About Climate Candlelight Vigil
(Wednesday, October 14, 2015) For People's Climate Movement Day actions will be taking place across the globe. Please join us for an evening event where we will be hearing from a few speakers, holding a drum circle with Adam Ecker of Drumming Sounds and having a candlelight vigil for those impacted by climate change. From 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Memorial Plaza, 201 W. Washington, Phoenix. 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.
EPA Webcast: Case Studies on Implementing Low-Cost Modifications to Improve Nutrient Reduction at Wastewater Treatment Plants
(Thursday, October 15, 2015) Please join us for a webcast on EPA’s recently released draft report on “Case Studies on Implementing Low-Cost Modifications to Improve Nutrient Reduction at Wastewater Treatment Plants.” As many studies have shown, nutrient pollution is one of America’s costliest and most challenging water quality problems. However, many of the nation’s waste-water treatment plants (WWTPs) were not designed for nutrient removal and major retrofits may be a significant hurdle. The recent EPA draft report showcases a number of communities that were able to achieve better nutrient treatment at WWTPs through relatively low-cost modifications without requiring costly infrastructure upgrades. Webcast times are 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET; 12:00-2:00 p.m. CT; 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. MT; and 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. PT. More information and registration.
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. Website has been updated with program.
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.
Future Leaders Town Hall: Keeping Arizona’s Water Glass Full
(Wednesday, October 21, 2015) The Arizona Town Hall, in partnership with Maricopa Community Colleges and others has scheduled a Future Leaders Town Hall on Keeping Arizona's Water Glass Full. Join other statewide student leaders from across Arizona to discuss this important topic. This is a unique opportunity for university, college and high school students to gather and craft solutions that will change Arizona. Kelly Mott Lacroix, Senior Research Analyst, Water Resources Research Center, University of Arizona will be the keynote speaker. From 3:30-5:30 p.m. in room 145, Library, Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Ave, Mesa. 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 email@example.com by noon, October 21.
McDowell Sonoran Preserve Research Symposium
(Saturday, October 24, 2015) Join the McDowell Sonoran Field Institute and Scottsdale Community College for the inaugural McDowell Sonoran Preserve Research Symposium. It will bring together researchers, students, citizens, and community leaders to share and learn about the scientific and historical research that has been conducted within Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve and other Phoenix Area Parks. The purpose is to promote awareness among scientists, students and citizens of the research being undertaken on the Preserve and surrounding Sonoran Desert, encourage networking, and trigger new research and collaborations that benefit the Preserve, parks, and natural spaces within the Greater Phoenix area. Registration is required and space is limited. Registration ($10 for students and $20 for all others) covers refreshments on Saturday as well as Sunday activities. To register, go to www.mcdowellsonoran.org and find link under "Latest News". For more information, or to inquire about scholarships, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Act on Climate Arizona: Our Moral Obligation
(Saturday, November 7, 2015) Please join our diverse group of faith-based and environmental organizations, social justice advocates, business owners, and academic and municipal leaders to send an urgent message in preparation of the Paris Climate Talks to ACT ON CLIMATE. From 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Downtown Phoenix Civic Space, 424 N Central Ave, Phoenix. More information.
Commemorative Air Force: Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans
(Sunday, November 8, 2015) On the 40th anniversary of the end of the War in Vietnam, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will hold a 'Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans' event at its flagship CAF Airbase located at Falcon Field in Mesa from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features speakers and displays. Free admission is offered to any veteran showing a valid DD-214 discharge. The general public is encouraged to attend. General admission includes access to all of the programs, aircraft exhibits and museum for the day and is rated by TripAdvisor as one of the top-rated things to do in the area. General admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $5 for children 5 to 12 years old. Military in uniform and children under five are free. More information.
International Dark-Sky Association 26th Annual General Meeting
(Saturday-Sunday, November 14-15, 2015) This year’s conference theme is “One Coin ~ Two Sides: Impacts of Light Pollution to Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Mitigating Role of Emerging Lighting Technologies,” and is a must-attend event for anyone concerned about the ecological impacts of artificial light at night. It will be held at the Embassy Suites, Phoenix AZ. Cosponsored by the Central Arizona–Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research program, Arizona State University. 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.
National Geographic spotlights company co-founded sustainably grad
Carbon Roots International - a company co-founded by School of Sustainability graduate and Founders’ Day Award recipient, Ryan Delaney - was highlighted in the October issue of National Geographic magazine with the headline "Bright Ideas can Change the World." Read more.
Leah Sunna: Connecting people to sustainability
Leah Sunna is a Tempe native, School of Sustainability alum and a true advocate for helping people find connections to the environment and world around them. Read more.
Sustainability team studies how cities survive mega storms
At least 15 people have been killed, 11 dams have collapsed and more than 70 miles of a major interstate highway closed as Hurricane Joaquin hit the Carolinas in what meteorologists are calling a 100-year storm. Read more.
Study: Collectors plundering cactuses to extinction
Black-market collectors willing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for rare cactuses are putting more than 30 percent of the species at risk for extinction, according to a recently published paper. Read more.
UGEC Viewpoints: Land transitions in peninsular Malaysia: From palmisation to urbanization
For those who live and work in emerging economies, the social and ecological effects of urban sprawl and landscape fragmentation on agricultural and ecological landscapes are readily apparent. Malaysia provides an example of this phenomenon. Like many countries in Asia, Malaysia has undergone rapid urbanization, increasing from 26.5% in 1957, the year it gained independence, to 62% in 2000. Read more.
Sustainability scientist honored for energy contributions
Martin “Mike” Pasqualetti — an ASU sustainability scientist, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning professor and energy expert — will be awarded the 2015 Alexander and Ilse Melamid Memorial Medal by the American Geographical Society at its annual fall symposium. Read more.
Tinkerer's paradise: Tom Sugar's ASU lab is where exoskeletons come to life
Tom Sugar doesn’t consider himself a modern-day Iron Man, but he does marvel at how his specialty — wearable robotics or exoskeletons — has taken off and achieved something of blockbuster proportions. Sugar has worked in the field since 1999, when he first set up Arizona State University’s Human Machine Integration Lab. Read more.
UGEC Viewpoints: The challenges of urban mobility in Nairobi, Kenya
Deep down, I always knew there was a method to the madness of Nairobi matatus, and now I have the evidence! Let me start from the beginning: I have lived in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, for more than 30 years. I have spent well over 10 of those years traversing the city using matatus. Matatus are privately owned public service vehicles (PSVs), which are usually 14 or 25 seater vans and minibuses. The word matatu is said to have come from ‘tatu’, which is Swahili for three. Apparently, the first matatus in the 1960s used to charge three cents for a ride. Read more.
Teach for America Taking Applications!
Every child deserves a mind-blowing education. Through Teach For America, you can use your leadership to create a new generation of diverse, intelligent, and thoughtful leaders. Here's how it works. This year, we have 49 Sun Devils are current corps members that are teaching in 52 regions across the country, while nearly 42,000 Teach For America alumni continue to work from inside and outside the field of education to make an excellent education a reality for all. Every child deserves the chance to be a Sun Devil. Start an application today. If you are interested in learning more, please contact the Teach For America and Arizona State University Alum, Veronica.Aguilar@teachforamerica.org and/or sign up on her calendar to chat about this opportunity!
WRRC Invites Proposals for Research Grants under the Water Resources Research Act
The University of Arizona's Water Resources Research Center invites proposals for research grants under the Water Resources Research Act, Section 104(b). Funded by the U.S. Geological Survey, the Section 104(b) program provides support for research projects on water-related issues of importance to the state and region. This year the WRRC expects to award three (3) grants of approximately $10,000. Projects are funded for 12 months. Funded projects start March 1, 2016, contingent on federal budget approval. The WRRC directs 104(b) grant funds to a wide variety of research projects. Faculty members at the three Arizona state universities may submit proposals. Researchers in the social, biological, physical and engineering sciences, as well as such fields as water management, water law, economics and public health are invited to apply. Proposals should address WRRA Section 104(b) program goals, including exploration of new ideas to address water problems in Arizona and expand understanding of water and related phenomena. WRRA Section 104(b) research should foster improvements in water supply: addressing issues of water yield and water reliability, water quality, treatment, infrastructure, and assessment of management practices. Proposals should also align with USGS strategic goals for water research as described in Strategic Directions for U.S. Geological Survey Water Science, 2012-2022-Observing, Understanding, Predicting, and Delivering Water Science to the Nation at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2012/1066/. Primary program goals are to foster the entry of new research scientists, engineers and technicians in the water resources field and to educate students through significant involvement in water research. Proposals that address these goals, in addition to meeting criteria for technical merit, will be given preference. Proposals must be submitted electronically via the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) web site. In addition, 12 hard copies must be submitted to the WRRC. Proposal guidelines are available on the WRRC web site: https://wrrc.arizona.edu/programs/grant-proposal-guidelines. Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 18, 2015. The WRRC will convene a review committee to evaluate proposals on technical merit and contribution to program goals. The WRRC decision to fund projects will be based on this input and available funding. For questions contact: Susanna Eden, PhD, Assistant Director, Water Resources Research Center, The University of Arizona, 350 N. Campbell Ave, Tucson, Arizona 85719; WRRC: 520-621-9591; Direct: 520-621-5670; FAX: 520-792-8518.
Clinton Global Initiative University 2016
President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will host the ninth annual CGI U meeting from April 1-3, 2016 at the University of California, Berkeley in the San Francisco Bay Area. More than $750,000 in funding will be available to select CGI U 2016 students through the University Network and other opportunities to help them turn their ideas into action. Students must be 18 years of age or older and enrolled in an institution of higher education at the time of the CGI U meeting in order to apply. To be considered for admission, all applicants are required to design a Commitment to Action in one of CGI U's five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. Early Decision and Travel Assistance application deadline: October 16, 2015. Final application deadline: December 1, 2015. All invited attendees will be notified by late December 2015. For more information and application.
2016 Climate Fiction Short Story Contest
Speculative fiction stories have the power to take abstract policy debates and obscure jargon and turn them into gripping, visceral tales. The emerging subgenre of climate fiction, epitomized by novels like Margaret Atwood’s Maddaddam Trilogy, helps us imagine possible futures shaped by climate change. The Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative and the College for Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University are proud to announce the 2016 Climate Fiction Short Story Contest. The contest will be judged by science fiction legend Kim Stanley Robinson, award-winning author of many foundational works in climate fiction, along with other climate fiction experts from ASU. The grand-prize winner will be awarded $1000, with three additional finalists receiving book bundles signed by award-winning climate fiction author Paolo Bacigalupi. A collection of the best submissions will be published in a forthcoming online anthology, and considered for publication in the journal Issues in Science and Technology. The deadline for submission is January 15, 2016. For more information and how to submit.
Arizona Department of Water Resource Drought Program
September 2015 drought summary is online.
July Southwest Climate Outlook
The July 2015 Southwest Climate Outlook is online.
CLIMAS Podcast: July 2015 – The Monsoon Edition
Administrative Assistant, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes
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 17539BR.
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.
Director, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University
Application deadline October 13, 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.
Deputy Director, National Water Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Application deadline October 27, 2015. More information.
Tenure-Track Faculty, Schatz Energy Research Center, Humboldt State University
Application deadline October 30, 2015. More information.
Business Analyst, Advanced Energy Solutions, SoCore Energy, Chicago, IL
Application deadline October 31, 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.
Assistant Professor, Remote Sensing, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Boston University
Application deadline November 10, 2015. More information.
Assistant Professor, Sustainability Science, Montclair University
Application deadline November 13, 2015. More information.
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Human Dimensions of Global Change, Boston University
Review of applications begin November 15, 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.
Household Hazardous Waste Technician, City of Tucson
Transportation Program Manager, Smart Growth America
Program Associate, Smart Growth America
Economic Development/Community Development Specialist, Smart Growth America
Research Analyst, Smart Growth America
Outreach Associate, Transportation for America
Director for Environmental Services, Portland State University
Coordinator of Sustainability Education, Central College, Pella, Iowa
Research Professor-Open Rank, Ecosystem Services, Idaho State University