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News and Announcements
Incredibly Short Environmental Film Festival
(Tuesday, March 15, 2016) Join us for a free screening of four short films created by students from the School of Sustainability, under the direction of Sustainability Scientist Peter Byck (director of Carbon Nation). The films are The Weaver, Tres Rios, Save Oak Flat, and At What Cost. Doors open 6:30 p.m.; show time 7:00 p.m. at Harkins Valley Art Theater, 509 S. Mill Ave, Tempe. More information and RSVP.
Sustainability Series: The Sound of Silence: Green Media and Climate Change
(Thursday, March 17, 2016) Gina Murphy-Darling, Mrs. Green’s World will present The Sound of Silence: Green Media and Climate Change from 12:00-1:15 p.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Sustainability Series: Envisioning the Future of Cellulosic Biofuels
(Friday, March 18, 2016) Nathan Parker, Arizona State University will present Envisioning the Future of Cellulosic Biofuels from 12:00-1:15 p.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Lightworks Lecture Series: Sustainability and the Navy
(Tuesday, March 22, 2016) Rear Admiral Yancy Lindsey, Commandant, Naval District Washington will present Sustainability and the Navy from 3:00-4:45 p.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Wrigley Lecture Series: The Humane Economy
(Thursday, March 24, 2016) Wayne Pacelle, Humane Society of the US will present The Humane Economy at 6:15-7:00 p.m. (5:30-6:00 p.m. pre-talk reception) at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado, Tempe, AZ. More information and RSVP.
Sustainability Series: The Ecological City
(Wednesday, March 30, 2016) Jonce Walker and Chris Starkey, Terrapin Bright Green will present The Ecological City from 12:00-1:15 p.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Sustainability Series: Sustainable Pest Management: A Challenge for Global Food Security
(Thursday, March 31, 2016) Alex Latchininsky, University of Wyoming will present Sustainable Pest Management: A Challenge for Global Food Security from 12:00-1:15 p.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Sustainability Series: Buildings of the Future
(Friday, April 1, 2016) Patrick Phelan, US Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, Emerging Technologies and Arizona State University and Nora Wang, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will present Buildings of the Future from 12:00-1:15 p.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Sustainability Series: Food for Cities in the Anthropocene
(Tuesday, April 5, 2016) Graeme Lang, City University of Hong Kong (retired), will present Food for Cities in the Anthropocene from 12:00-1:15 p.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Wrigley Lecture Series: Your Next Meal: Where Nature and Culture Intersect
(Thursday, April 14, 2016) Michael Pollen, Author and Sustainable Food Advocate, will present Your Next Meal: Where Nature and Culture Intersect. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.; lecture at 10:00 a.m. at the Evelyn Wood Music Theater, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Rescued Food Feast
(Thursday, April 14, 2016) Approximately 30-40% of the food supply is wasted in the US; that’s about 20 pounds of food per person per month! At ASU, we are doing our part to fight food waste by feeding over 500 students, faculty and staff with a nutritious meal made from good food that would otherwise be discarded for cosmetic reasons. Join us as we gather around a community table for a meal prepared by the talented staff of Engrained Café and featuring food donated by Sprouts Farmers Market. From 12:00-1:30 p.m. on the Hayden Lawn, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Celebration of Sustainability @ ASU Festival
(Thursday, April 14, 2016) Enjoy local food at the farmers market and partake in the Celebration of Sustainability @ ASU Festival, where departments and organizations from across campus will feature their sustainability commitment, projects, and more! From 1:00-3:30 p.m. on Old Main lawn, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
10th Anniversary Kick-off Celebration
(Thursday, April 14, 2016) Join us in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the School of Sustainability! Come enjoy the ASU Marching Band as they kick off our 10-year celebration at 1:15 p.m. More information and RSVP.
For Middle and High School Teachers: Urban and Field Ecology 1-Week Course
(Monday-Friday, June 27-July 1, 2016) A 1-week workshop for middle and high school teachers to learn about: The study of urban ecology and what ASU scientists are discovering about our urban ecosystem; the interactions between biotic and abiotic factors in ecosystems especially in relation to soil and decomposition; ecosystem services and how they play a critical role in creating a sustainable city; methods to analyze ecological data; teaching ecosystem complexity with qualitative models; and how to implement these activities in your classroom. To Apply: Name, address, phone, e-mail (Home and School); current subjects you are teaching; brief statement of how you will use this training in your classroom; please limit your entire application to one page; letter of reference from principal, optional but considered; teams of 2 to 3 teachers from a school or program are positively considered. Applications must be received by March 18. Course will be 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily at Arizona State University at the West campus, 5701 W Thunderbird, Glendale. There is a stipend and a certificate for 30 professional hours. Questions, please contact Lisa.Herrmann@asu.edu. Email application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chemical Engineering Seminar: Antibiotic Functionalized Nanoparticles for Rapid Capture of Bacteria
(Monday, March 14, 2016) Giorgio Todd, Vanderbilt University will present Antibiotic Functionalized Nanoparticles for Rapid Capture of Bacteria at 10:30 a.m. in room B105 (Auditorium), Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. For more information contact Durella.ODonnell@asu.edu.
Life Sciences Café with Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Science Group
(Monday, March 14, 2016) Life Sciences faculty John Sabo, Osvaldo Sala, and Jianguo Wu will also have presentations of their research from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in E244, Life Sciences Center, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
School of Life Sciences Special Seminar: The Microbiome of Pregnancy and Preterm Birth in High-Resolution
(Monday, March 14, 2016) Ben Callahan, Stanford University will present The Microbiome of Pregnancy and Preterm Birth in High-Resolution from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in room E244, Life Sciences Center, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Woods/Sustainability Search Candidates Public Lectures: Cameron Van Dyke
(Monday, March 14, 2016) Cameron Van Dyke holds an MFA from the University of Michigan in 3D Design and a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Furniture Design and Fabrication. Van Dyke teaches at Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he also operates his studio and collaborates with his wife Rachael in their project THE FUTURE PEOPLE. Together they explore possibility through creative action and use design as a medium for social change. Van Dyke has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States, including the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York and South Bend Regional Museum of Art in Indiana. From 7:30-9:00 p.m. in room 246, Art Building, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus.
Social Transformation is in the Details: Ethnic Food, Immigrants, and Traveling Citizenship in Neoliberal Times
(Wednesday, March 16, 2016) Charles T. Lee, Arizona State University will present Ethnic Food, Immigrants, and Traveling Citizenship in Neoliberal Times from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in room 255, Wilson Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
EnLIGHTeNING Lunch: Hacking is Making is Doing: Hacker and Makerspaces and the Hacker Spirit
(Wednesday, March 16, 2016) Sarah R. Davies, University of Copenhagen will present Hacking is Making is Doing: Hacker and Makerspaces and the Hacker Spirit from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in room 5536, Coor Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. Please RSVP by noon March 15 to email@example.com.
Evolution of Social Complexity Colloquium: Male Monopolies and Female Gangs: Conflicts of Interest During Primate Intergroup Contests
(Wednesday, March 16, 2016) Michelle Brown, University of California-Santa Barbara will present Male Monopolies and Female Gangs: Conflicts of Interest During Primate Intergroup Contests from 12:00-1:15 p.m. in room 401, ISTB1, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
School of Earth and Space Exploration Colloquium: A Lifetime in Thermodynamics
(Wednesday, March 16, 2016) Alexandra Novrotsky, University of California-Davis will present A Lifetime in Thermodynamics at 3:30 p.m. in the Marston Exploration Theater, ISTB4, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
The Design School Lecture: Building Cities that Think like Planets
(Wednesday, March 16, 2016) Marina Alberti, University of Washington will present Building Cities that Think like Planets from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in room 60, Design North, Arizona state University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Woods/Sustainability Search Candidates Public Lectures: Joshua Almond
Joshua Almond received his MFA from Arizona State University and his BA from Rhodes College and a post-baccalaureate study in Furniture Design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Almond works primarily in wood to create abstract sculptural landscapes. His work accentuates the parallels between macrocosmic and microscopic forms. Almond has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States, including the Appalachian Center for Craft in Tennessee and the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Florida. From 7:30-9:00 p.m. in room 246, Art Building, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus.
Center for Evolution & Medicine Seminar: Models on the Runway: How do We Make Replicas of the World?
(Thursday, March 17, 2016) Marlene Zuk, University of Minnesota will present Models on the Runway: How do We Make Replicas of the World? From 12:00-1:00 p.m. in room B105 (Auditorium), Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
School of Life Sciences Special Seminar: Human Virome Interactions in Development and Disease
(Thursday, March 17, 2016) Efrem Lim, Washington University will present Human Virome Interactions in Development and Disease from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in room E244, Life Sciences Center, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
ASU Faculty Women of Color Caucus Diversity Keynote Event: Race, Gender and Humiliation: Freedom of Speech and Public Shaming in the Politics of Division
(Thursday, March 17, 2016) Patricia J. Williams, Columbia University will present Race, Gender and Humiliation: Freedom of Speech and Public Shaming in the Politics of Division from 5:00-6:00 p.m.; reception from 4:30-5:00 p.m. in Carson Ballroom, Old Main, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Seminar: Manipulating Polarization for Thermoscience Applications: Solid-State Refrigeration to Finger-Actuated Digital Microfluidics
(Friday, March 18, 2016) Sungtaek Ju, University of California-Los Angeles will present Manipulating Polarization for Thermoscience Applications: Solid-State Refrigeration to Finger-Actuated Digital Microfluidics at 1:30 p.m. in room 228, Schwada Classroom Office Building, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. For more information contact Durella.ODonnell@asu.edu.
Materials Science and Engineering Seminar: Design of Efficient Delivery Systems by Tuning the Aggregation of Layered Nanoparticles
(Friday, March 18, 2016) Istvan Szilagyi, University of Geneva will present Design of Efficient Delivery Systems by Tuning the Aggregation of Layered Nanoparticles at 1:30 p.m. in room 101, Schwada Classroom Office Building, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. For more information contact Durella.ODonnell@asu.edu.
Woods/Sustainability Search Candidates Public Lectures: Christine Lee
Christine Lee received her MFA from San Diego State University and her BS from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lee has participated in many workshops, residencies, and fellowships including Anderson Ranch Arts Center Residency, Penland School of Arts & Crafts, Recology, Headlands Center for the Arts and several Windgate Artist in Residences. Her creative work spans Furniture Design and Woodworking to Sculpture and Installation Art. Lee has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States, including the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, and the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts. From 7:30-9:00 p.m. in room 246, Art Building, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus.
Meanings of Celebration and Commemoration Brown Bag: Remembering WWII: Victims and Survivors
(Wednesday, March 23, 2016) Daniel Gilfilan and Martin Matustik, Arizona State University will present lectures in Remembering WWII: Victims and Survivors from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in room 109, Social Sciences Building, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy Seminar: Unlocking Personalized Medicines through Nanocarrier Design
(Tuesday, March 29, 2016) Millicent Sullivan, University of Delaware will present Unlocking Personalized Medicines through Nanocarrier Design at 1:30 p.m. in B105 (Auditorium), Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. For more information contact Durella.ODonnell@asu.edu.
Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy Seminar: The Magic is in the Morphology: Designing Multiphase Polymers
(Thursday, March 31, 2016) Timothy E. Long, Virginia Polytechnic Institute will present The Magic is in the Morphology: Designing Multiphase Polymers at 1:30 p.m. in room B105 (Auditorium), Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. For more information contact Durella.ODonnell@asu.edu.
Fourth Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy and Ethics
(Tuesday-Thursday, May 24-26, 2016) The conference will consist of plenary and session presentations with discussions on regulatory, governance, legal, policy, social and ethical aspects of emerging technologies, including (but not limited to) nanotechnology, synthetic biology, biotechnology, genomics, personalized medicine, stem cell and regenerative medicine, human enhancement technologies, telecommunications, information technologies, surveillance technologies, geoengineering, neuroscience and robotics. The conference is premised on the belief that there is much to be learned and shared from and across the governance experience and proposals for these various emerging technologies. To be held at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center, Tempe, Arizona. Abstracts due January 31, 2016. More information.
Phenomenology and Sustainability: Interdisciplinary Inquiries in the Lived-World of Persons, Communities, and the Natural Work
(Thursday-Monday, May 26-30, 2016) Our theme, “Phenomenology and Sustainability,” announces a broad area of concern related to the well-being of persons, communities, the natural world and their interrelationship. “Phenomenology and Sustainability” seeks to question the suppositions underlying scientific and humanistic projects and unreflective practices that might thwart sustainable relationships or impede their full realization. In addition, it welcomes the articulation across a broad range of contexts of guiding principles and practices or illustrative concrete applications that might enhance the development of such relationships. To be held at Arizona State University at the Downtown Phoenix campus. More information.
i.d.e.a. Museum Exhibit: Underwater FantaSea
(Friday, February 12-Sunday, May 29, 2016) The i.d.e.a. Museum, Mesa, AZ collaborated with researchers from Arizona State University's Center for Biodiversity Outcomes to develop the Underwater FantaSea exhibit. Celebrate the oceans by diving into our exhibit that features artwork by artists who bring together a mix of fascinating sea life and imaginative beauty to take you on a fanciful journey under the sea. You'll meet amazing creatures, explore the depths of the underwater world and discover your own connection to the ocean. Underwater FantaSea will provide an opportunity to learn about the importance of oceans, how they impact you impact you, as an individual, and how you can do your part to keep them healthy--even if you live hundreds of miles from them. More information.
Play Me, I’m Yours
(Tuesday, March 1-Saturday, April 9, 2016) Touring internationally since 2008, Play Me, I’m Yours is an artwork by British artist Luke Jerram. More than 1,400 pianos have now been installed in 50 cities across the globe, from London to Lima, bearing the simple invitation Play Me, I’m Yours, and the project has already reached more than eight million people worldwide. Mesa Arts Center is presenting Play Me, I’m Yours as part of the celebrations of a major milestone: 10 years at their beautiful location in Downtown Mesa, AZ. 24 playable and artistically enhanced pianos will be featured, primarily in Downtown Mesa along Main Street, near Mesa museums and libraries, on Mesa Arts Center’s campus and at numerous other accessible and open-to-the-public locations, including several satellite locations throughout the city. More information.
Citizens' Climate Lobby Meeting and Conference Call - Recommended by James Hansen
(Saturday, March 12, 2016) Citizens' Climate Lobby is a national organization dedicated to the implementation of a carbon fee and dividend plan as a market-based way of putting a price on carbon emissions. The Phoenix-area CCL group meets at 10:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month to plan its efforts. The location is as follows: Escalante Multi-Generational Center, 2150 E. Orange St. in Tempe. Please join us. For more information, visit http://citizensclimatelobby.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phoenix Zoo Conservation Lecture: Forests and Frogs: Conserving Biodiversity in the Neotropics
(Wednesday, March 16, 2016) Jose F. Gonzalez-Maya, ProCAT Columbia and Sierra to Sea Institute, Costa Rica will present Forests and Frogs: Conserving Biodiversity in the Neotropics from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Stone House Pavilion, Phoenix Zoo, 455 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix. Please RSVP to email@example.com to ensure adequate seating.
Free Compost Giveaway
(Saturday, April 2, 2016) The gift that keeps on giving! Get FREE compost from the City of Tempe to keep your garden growing strong. From 8:00-11 a.m. at the City of Tempe compost yard, near the corner of W. Rio Salado Pkwy. and Hardy Dr. in Tempe – just follow the signs! BYOB/T – Bring your own bags, buckets, small trailer or small truck, and City of Tempe Solid Waste and Recycling Services staff will give you high-quality, laboratory-tested compost complements of the City’s very own composting program. Open to all residents in the Valley!
City of Scottsdale Green Building Lecture Series: Beyond Reflectivity: The Future of Energy-Efficient Roofing
(Thursday, April 7, 2016) We will look at the history of energy-efficient roofing products and the use of reflectivity as the measure of a roofing product's energy efficiency including the pros and cons of this approach. From 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale. Free admission. More information.
10th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation
(Thursday-Thursday, April 21-28, 2016) The International Institute for Environment and Development is pleased to invite registrations for the 10th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA10). CBA10 will celebrate its 10th anniversary in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The theme of the conference, which is in association with the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies, the International Centre for Climate Change and Development, and the Independent University, Bangladesh, will be 'Enhancing urban community resilience'. More information and registration.
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Seminar: Moving on from Paris: Implementation Lessons from Social Science
(Thursday, April 28, 2016) Join this free seminar to discuss the consequences of the 2015 UNFCC Paris climate summit, in which 196 countries pledged individual Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to meet global mean temperature targets by 2100. The seminar will explore the benefits and risks of this voluntary bottom-up approach, as well as how behavioral and societal responses have or have not been included in the modeling of temperature targets, with an emphasize on potential insights from the behavioral and social sciences, including how multiple levels of organization-institutions, communities, and individual households-might differentially contribute to the successful implementation of INDC's. From 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. EDT, at 500 5th St, Washington, DC. More information and to register for webcast or in person.
Singapore Sustainability Symposium (S3) Unlocking Urban Opportunities
(Wednesday-Friday, April 27-29, 2016) The symposium has become an international platform with a Singaporean flavor to support sustainability and urban solutions with a special interest in the challenges faced by cities and city decision makers. It will be held at the Grand Hyatt Singapore. More information and registration.
Fourth Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy, and Ethics
(Tuesday-Thursday, May 24-26, 2016) The conference will consist of plenary and session presentations with discussions on regulatory, governance, legal, policy, social and ethical aspects of emerging technologies, including (but not limited to) nanotechnology, synthetic biology, biotechnology, genomics, personalized medicine, stem cell and regenerative medicine, human enhancement technologies, telecommunications, information technologies, surveillance technologies, geoengineering, neuroscience and robotics. The conference is premised on the belief that there is much to be learned and shared from and across the governance experience and proposals for these various emerging technologies. To be held at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center, Tempe. More information.
VERGE Hawaii: Asian Pacific Clean Energy Summit
(Tuesday-Thursday, June 21-23, 2016) The Hawaii State Energy Office has partnered with the GreenBiz Group to launch VERGE Hawaii — Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit. VERGE Hawaii will explore innovative clean energy policies, models, technologies and infrastructure and sets the stage for immediate actions and plans needed to deliver on Hawaii’s ambitious goal of 100% renewably powered energy by 2045. Further, this VERGE event will serve as a platform for Hawaii’s energy leaders and stakeholders to engage, learn and contribute. More information.
2nd Annual International Conference on Computational Social Science
(Thursday-Saturday, June 23-25, 2016) This 2nd Annual International Conference on Computational Social Science is an interdisciplinary event designed to engage a broad community of researchers - academics, industry experts, open data activists, government agency workers, and think tank analysts – dedicated to advancing social science knowledge through computational methods. This event affords the opportunity to meet and discuss works in which social systems and dynamics are investigated in a quantitative way through large datasets that are either mined from various sources (e.g. social media, communication systems) or created via controlled experiments or computational modeling. Hosted by the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. More information.
'Equal in the eyes of the atmosphere'
Methane and nitrous oxide gas emissions, caused by human activities like farming, overwhelm earthly carbon dioxide absorption and should be tackled to fight climate change, according to a study published in the March issue of the scientific journal Nature. Read more.
27 steps to cut food waste and save billions (from GreenBiz.com)
It doesn’t have to be this way — that US consumers and businesses toss in the trash some 52 million tons of food a year, squandering $218 billion spent on growing, processing, transporting and then disposing that food. Read more.
Starting to look like a car
If the story of the Arizona State University student engineers building a race car for a June competition were a movie, this would be the part where the broken and bloodied hero lifts his head and knows he’s got a fighting chance. In the past few weeks they made mistakes, took hits and lost money and morale. Now they’re back in the race. Read more.
Dead animals, needles and shards: Recycling's bizarre inner workings (from GreenBiz.com)
We've all stood over a trash can, contemplating what items belong where. And we've all had questions such as, "I thought glass was recyclable, but it isn't pictured on this sign. Can I still put it in?" or "This container is biodegradable, but there's no compost bin. What do I do?" It wasn't until a recent visit to a management recycling facility (or as the waste industry calls it, a MRF) that I started to understand why the act of "throwing away" is so complicated. Read more.
UGEC Viewpoints: Buea, Cameroon and the planning challenges of peri-urban settlements
In 2009, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon stated that, “with more than half of the world’s population living in cities today, we are indeed living in an urban century.” Indeed, urbanization is occurring rapidly in the developing world, where cities gain an average of 5 million residents every month. The most visible effect of urban expansion is discernible at the peri-urban environment. In developing countries, peri-urban areas are characterized by fast population growth, a mixture of planned and unplanned settlements, inadequate service infrastructures, environmental and health problems. These present a significant challenge to planners as they struggle to ensure a harmonious development of this zone. Read more.
Spike Lee frames dialogue on education and film at ASU Gammage
Spike Lee, who has been hailed as a visionary filmmaker, the voice of a new generation and agent provocateur on many social issues, admitted to an Arizona State University audience that his point of view is firmly rooted in “old school” values of the 20th century. Read more.
Kellogg's new push to help smallholder farming women (from GreenBiz.com)
Like most multinational food companies, Kellogg relies upon a far-flung supply chain of farmers spanning five continents and dozens of countries to grow its ingredients. In emerging markets, some of those working the land for its cereal and baked good ingredients are smallholder farmers, tilling a few acres each. Read more.
Palm Walk: A tale of trees, death, rebirth and mystery
Palm Walk, that iconic image of Arizona State University, turns 100 this year. It’s an anniversary often repeated as fact, that school President Arthur John Matthews planted the trees in 1916. The only problem is that it can’t be confirmed. Read more.
UGEC Viewpoints: We need a global collection of local scenarios
Global environmental change is a complex problem. We all grapple with the near-paralyzing uncertainty that comes with studying and solving the challenges associated with a changing climate, shifting land use and fickle human demands — challenges that span time and geographic scales, and could be addressed in as many ways as there are perspectives in this world. Read more.
Future of the Colorado River Basin
The Colorado River provides water for nearly 40 million people in seven western states, irrigating millions of acres of farmland, and generating thousands of megawatts of electricity. And though an official declaration of water shortage on the Colorado River has never been declared, and that careful planning has ensured Arizona and Colorado are well-supplied with water, residents need to know it’s a precious resource. Read more.
Marching toward a better future
Ted Pavlic joined the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering this year as an assistant professor appointed jointly with the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering and the School of Sustainability. When it comes to engineering a solution to a problem, Ted Pavlic looks to a specific source for inspiration – nature. Read more.
UGEC Viewpoints: Challenges in assessing and measuring urban resilience
The Global Carbon Project, in collaboration with RMIT University, the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change Project, the Urban Climate Change Research Network and IR3S, organized a workshop on “Tools and Indicators for assessing urban resilience”, on December 7-10, 2015 at the University of Tokyo. The workshop aimed to utilize resilience thinking as a guiding principle and bring together scholars from different disciplines to develop an integrated framework for assessing urban community resilience. Read more.
The newest strategy for saving bees is really, really old (from GreenBiz.com)
In northwestern India, the Himalaya Mountains rise sharply out of pine and cedar forests. The foothills of the Kullu Valley are blanketed with apple trees beginning to bloom. It’s a cool spring morning, and Lihat Ram, a farmer in Nashala village, shows me a small opening in a log hive propped against his house. Stout black-and-yellow native honeybees — Apis cerana — fly in and out. Read more.
UGEC Viewpoints: Setting priorities in a new era for climate adaptation
It’s a new era for climate adaptation: Four out of the five most concerning global risks for the next 10 years are directly linked to the need to adapt to the changing climate. Though these are global problems often discussed at the national scale, urban areas are increasingly seen as having a critical role in the adaptation agenda. The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties highlighted the need to establish a global goal on adaptation of “enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change.” In addition, the agreement calls out cities as relevant actors by acknowledging the need for non-Party stakeholders “to address and respond to climate change”. Read more.
April is Water Awareness Month
April is Water Awareness Month, and there are lots of exciting events, tips and resources to help you start saving water! Each day is about a special topic–from finding leaks to landscaping to harvesting rainwater. Check out their website for tons of more information and tips!
Sources of Water Education Classes Throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan Area
There are many classes available across the valley, taught by professionals, that are free to all residents having to do with landscape and water efficiency/conservation workshops during the spring and fall seasons. Below are links to the cities’ programs.
Environmental Research & Education Foundation Scholarship Program
The Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) is one of the largest sources of solid waste research funding in the U.S., allocating approximately $1 million annually in research grants and graduate level scholarships. Thus far, over 50 students have been EREF scholars, many of whom are now in key academic and professional positions across the U.S. The application deadline is May 4, 2016 at 5:00 pm (eastern). Click here to view a list of information/materials required for the application.
Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy, University of Illinois-Chicago
Water and energy have long been thought of, and addressed as, two separate issues. With the advent of systems thinking, life cycle assessment, and other interdisciplinary analysis strategies, this deep connection between water and energy has been widely acknowledged only recently. The 6th annual Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy: Nexus program will: explore the relationship between energy and water through systems approach, with an eye towards environmental and agricultural impacts; explore the use of water, especially in energy extraction (fracking) and generation; and highlight the role of the grid in energy issues, emphasizing three specific areas: smart grid, storage for the grid, and the distribution of energy. Across all topics, participants will examine where the United States is to date, potential paths moving forward, and obstacles and opportunities for each path. Situated on one of the largest bodies of freshwater on Earth and playing host to a large and complex grid system, Chicago will be the focal point of discussions of the nexus. The program will occur from August 4-17, 2016 in Chicago. Application deadline is July 1, 2016. More information.
Arizona Department of Water Resource Drought Program
February 2016 drought summary is online.
February Southwest Climate Outlook
The February 2016 Southwest Climate Outlook is online.
CLIMAS Podcast: February 2016 – Delusions of Hydroclimate Grandeur
Business Operations Specialist
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 20942BR
Student Web Application Developer
To review and apply please go to https://students.asu.edu/employment/search, click on “Search On-Campus Jobs” and enter the requisition ID 20935BR.
Web Application Developer
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 20969BR.
Conservation Staff Specialist, Urban and Community Forestry, State of Nevada
Application deadline March 11, 2016. More information.
Associate Dean/Director for Research, College of Forestry, Oregon State University
Full consideration date March 15, 2016; closes April 1, 2016. More information.
Research Assistant Professor, Jornada Basin LTER, New Mexico State University, Albuquerque
Application deadline March 15, 2016. More information.
EERE Science and Technology Policy Postdoctoral Fellowships
Application deadline March 15, 2016. More information.
Summer Intern, Open Space Program, City of Flagstaff, Arizona
Application deadline March 25, 2016. More information.
Director of Sustainability, Executive Offices, Orlando, Florida
Application deadline March 27, 2016. More information.
Natural Resources Technician, Summer Lake Paiute Tribe, Sparks, Nevada
Application deadline March 31, 2016. More information.
Visiting Assistant or Visiting Instructor Professor, Earth and Environmental Science, Furman University
Application deadline April 1, 2016. More information.
Postdoc Position, Habitat Connectivity and Climate Change Adaptation, University of California-Berkeley
Application deadline April 1, 2016. More information.
Science and Policy Internships, Environmental Law and Policy Center, Various locations, USA
Application deadline July 15, 2016. More information.
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Stream Microbial Ecology, Loyola University
Associate, Industrial Economics, Inc.
Research Analyst, Industrial Economics, Inc.
Quantitative Ecologist, Post Bachelor’s Associate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Quantitative Ecologist, Post Master’s Associate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Software Engineer, Post Bachelor’s Associate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Software Engineer, Post Master’s Associate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Postdoctoral Position at Global Security Sciences Division, Argonne Laboratories
Requisition number 400355. More information.
Household Hazardous Waste Technician, City of Tucson
Transportation Program Manager, Smart Growth America
Research Analyst, Smart Growth America