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News and Announcements
Sustainability @ ASU: Roundtable Discussion: What Does the Paris Climate Agreement Mean for the U.S.?
(Friday, April 8, 2016) Senator Sheldon Whitehouse with others will discuss What Does the Paris Climate Agreement Mean for the U.S.? From 12:30-1:30 p.m. in room 114 (Armstrong Hall), Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
PhD Defense: Jared Thomas Yoder Stoltzfus
(Monday, April 11, 2016) Jared Thomas Yoder Stoltzfus will defend his PhD dissertation Facilitating Phosphorus Recover Through Improved Waste Management. Faculty, students and the general public are invited. At 9:00 a.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
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.
PhD Defense: Vairavan Subramanian
(Thursday, April 14, 2016) Vairavan Subramanian will defend his PhD dissertation Addressing Uncertainty and Variability in 'Attributional' Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). Faculty, students and the general public are invited. At 10:00 a.m. in room 331, College Avenue Commons, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
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 our event sponsor, 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.
PhD Defense: Sharon Amani
Sharon Amani will defend her PhD dissertation Building and Assessing the Capacity of Farmers' Organizations: The Case of the United Nations World Food Programme's Purchase for Progress. Faculty, students and the general public are invited. From 2:00-4:00 p.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Free Film Screening: REUSE! Because You Can’t Recycle the Planet.
(Wednesday, April 20, 2016) This film is not about our waste problem, but about solutions. And they are everywhere! This documentary film follows "Reuse Pro" Alex Eaves' cross-country adventure. Doors open 6:30 p.m.; showtime 7:00 p.m. at Harkins Valley Art Theater, 509 S. Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ. More information and RSVP.
Sustainability @ ASU: “A” Mountain Restoration
(Friday, April 22, 2016) Celebrate Earth Day 2016 by volunteering to help restore walking and hiking trails on "A" Mountain, Tempe's only preserve! Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the south side of the old Hayden Flour Mill (SE Corner of Rio Salado and Mill Ave; just north of Tempe Mission Palms). Breakfast will be served before we begin and we will offer a Food Truck meal at 11:00 a.m.! More information and RSVP.
PhD Prospectus Defense: Edward Dee
(Friday, April 22, 2016) Edward Dee will defend his PhD prospectus Mother Earth Father Sky: A Theoretical Framework and Meanings of Nature, Land, and Sustainability using the Diné Lifeway Paradigm. Faculty, students, and the general public are invited. At 11:00 a.m. in room 401, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Biodiversity Outcomes Series: Earth Day Panel: The Mathematics of Conservation and Sustainability
Friday, April 22, 2016) Leah Gerber, Director of the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, will be part of this panel discussing their interdisciplinary research at the intersection of the fields of applied mathematics, conservation ecology, and sustainability. More information and RSVP.
Microbiology Special Seminar: Identifying Bacteria in the Human Gut Microbiome That Can Attenuate Inflammation
(Friday, April 8, 2016) Catherine Lozupone, University of Colorado will present Identifying Bacteria in the Human Gut Microbiome That Can Attenuate Inflammation from 10:00-11:00 a.m. in room E106, Life Sciences Center, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Robotics Seminar: The DARPA Robotics Challenge - a “Cinderella” Story
(Friday, April 8, 2016) Paul Oh, University of Nevada-Las Vegas will present The DARPA Robotics Challenge - a “Cinderella” Story at 10:30 a.m. in room A219, Engineering Center Annex, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. Contact Durella.ODonnell@asu.edu for more information.
School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning Colloquium: The Pieces of Our Worlds: Community-Based Urban Revisualization Using Found Objects
(Friday, April 8, 2016) James Rojas, Place It will present The Pieces of Our Worlds: Community-Based Urban Revisualization Using Found Objects from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in room 5536, Coor Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Seminar: On the Use of Direct Numerical Simulation Data for Developing Engineering Turbulence Models
(Friday, April 8, 2016) Svetlana Poroseva, University of New Mexico will present On the Use of Direct Numerical Simulation Data for Developing Engineering Turbulence Models at 1:30 p.m. in room 228, Schwada Classroom Office Building, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. Contact Durella.ODonnell@asu.edu for more information.
Chemical Engineering Seminar: Coarse-Grained Modeling of Block Copolymers: Impacts of Molecular Architecture on Nanostructure
(Monday, April 11, 2016) Lisa Hall, Ohio State University will present Coarse-Grained Modeling of Block Copolymers: Impacts of Molecular Architecture on Nanostructure at 10:30 a.m. in B105 (Auditorium), Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. Contact Durella.ODonnell@asu.edu for more information.
Life Sciences Seminar: The Evolution of Gene Expression: From Mutation to Polymorphism to Divergence
(Monday, April 11, 2016) Patricia Wittkopp will present The Evolution of Gene Expression: From Mutation to Polymorphism to Divergence from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in room E244, Life Sciences Center, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Coffee@Beyond: An Information Algorithmic Calculus for Reprogramming Life
(Monday, April 11, 2016) Hector Zenil, University of Oxford will present An Information Algorithmic Calculus for Reprogramming Life at 3:00 p.m. in room AL1-10/14 (lower level), Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Evolution of Social Complexity Colloquium: Religion, Reputation, and Social Support Networks in Rural South India
(Wednesday, April 13, 2016) Eleanor Power, Santa Fe Institute will present Religion, Reputation, and Social Support Networks in Rural South India from 12:00-1:15 p.m. in room 401, ISTB1, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Biosocial Complexity Initiative Dynamical Discussions: Pathways to Complexity: Urban Development in ‘Celtic’ Europe
(Wednesday, April 13, 2016) Manuel Fernández-Götz, University of Edinburgh will present Pathways to Complexity: Urban Development in ‘Celtic’ Europe from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in room 401, ISTB1, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
School of Earth and Space Exploration Colloquium: Challenges in RF Integrated Circuits
(Wednesday, April 13, 2016) Sayfe Kiaei, Arizona State University will present Challenges in RF Integrated Circuits at 3:30 p.m. in the Marston Exploration Theater, ISTB4, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Research Computing Seminar: The Interface of Prediction, Computational Science and Policy Decisions
(Thursday, April 14, 2016) Dmitri Kusnezov, National Nuclear Security Administration will present The Interface of Prediction, Computational Science and Policy Decisions from 10:00-11:00 a.m. in room B105 (Auditorium), Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Center for Evolution & Medicine Seminar: V-ATPase at the Crossroads of Life and Death
(Thursday, April 14, 2016) Karlett Parra, Universidad Simon Bolivar will present V-ATPase at the Crossroads of Life and Death from 12;00-1:00 p.m. in room E244, Life Sciences Center, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning Gamma Theta Upsilon - ASU Chapter Seminar: Life in the Atacama Desert
(Friday, April 15, 2016) Malcolm Comeau, Emeritus Professor, Arizona State University will present Life in the Atacama Desert from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in room 5536, Coor Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
23rd Annual Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium
(Friday, April 15, 2016) All undergraduates conducting research in life sciences are invited to attend and present a poster. From 2:00-5:00 p.m.; keynote speaker Ron Rutowski from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge, Memorial Union and poster presentations from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Ventana (241B and C), Memorial Union, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. Presented by the School of Life Sciences. More information.
Sixth Annual Human Rights Film Festival
(Friday-Saturday, April 15-16, 2016) Please join us for the Sixth Annual Human Rights Film Festival presented by Justice and Social Inquiry at the School of Social Transformation. The event serves as a venue to address a broad range of human rights issues through the medium of film. The film festival will be in room 114, Armstrong Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. Justice and Social Inquiry thanks the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law for hosting the film festival. More information and summary of the films.
Center for Evolution & Medicine Seminar: Why Mammal Meat is Bad for Humans (and Only Humans)
(Thursday, April 21, 2016) John Pepper, National Cancer Institute will present Why Mammal Meat is Bad for Humans (and Only Humans) from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in room B105 (Auditorium), Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Institute for Humanities 2015-16 Fellows Program Symposium Keynote: Scary Monsters: The Hopeful Undecidability of David Bowie (1947-2016)
(Thursday, April 21, 2016) Alex Sharpe, Keele University will present Scary Monsters: The Hopeful Undecidability of David Bowie (1947-2016) at 4:00 p.m. in room 109, Social Sciences Building, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Institute for Humanities 2015-16 Fellows Program Symposium: “Making Monsters”
(Friday, April 22, 2016) In coordination with the multi-year celebration of the bicentennial of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the 2015-16 IHR Fellows investigated what the eruption or suppression of the monstrous shows us about ourselves and our possibilities as humans, as well as what the warnings, disruptions, and abjections of the monstrous show us about our restless cultural imaginary. They now invite you to their symposium, "Making Monsters," where the Fellows will present their research and new insights gained through their participation in this program. Sessions include "Embodying Monsters," "Governing Monsters," and "Redeeming Monsters." From 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in room 109, Social Sciences, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Emerge 2016: The Future of Sport 2040
(Friday, April 29, 2016) A festival of athletic, artistic and scientific visitations from the future featuring theatre, improvisation, interactive experiences, design prototypes, and multimedia performances! Explore and take part in an interactive and hands-on event that dares to challenge preconceptions of what sport is and should be — Emerge 2016: The Future of Sport 2040. Join the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and its partners from 5:00-10:00 p.m. in Arizona State University’s premier sport venue, Wells Fargo Arena, 600 East Veterans Way, Tempe , AZ 85281. 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, 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.
(Friday-Saturday, April 8-9, 2016) Teams of high school students will compete in field and presentation events to demonstrate their mastery of environmental science principles – focusing this year on “Invasive Species: A Challenge to the Environment, Society and Economy”. The winning team will represent Arizona at the NCF Envirothon, competing for scholarships and prizes at Trent University in Ontario, Canada. On Friday from 12:30-3:20 p.m. at the Hassayampa River Preserve, 49614 N. Highway 60, Wickenburg and Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant, 41402 N. 87th Avenue, Peoria. More information.
Town Hall Discussion on Carbon Pricing
(Monday, April 11, 2016) Local First Arizona is partnering with the American Sustainable Business Council to bring the discussion on carbon pricing to Arizona. The two organizations will host a Town Hall Discussion on Carbon Pricing from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Copperpoint Mutual Insurance, 3030 N. Third St., Phoenix, AZ 85012. The panelists will discuss the positive potential impacts of a carbon tax on Arizona businesses and the local economy. More information and registration.
Cienega Creek Watershed Campout
(Saturday-Sunday, April 16-17, 2016) The Cienega Creek Watershed has some of the most ecologically intact wetland communities in southern Arizona, as well as a resident jaguar! The Arizona Riparian Council will tour a variety of riparian areas with local experts. More information and registration.
GreenBiz Webcast: Product Stewardship and the Challenges of a Circular Economy
(Tuesday, April 19, 2016) In this hour-long webcast Call2Recycle’s CEO and President Carl Smith joins Energizer’s Director of Regulatory and Government Affairs, Marcus Boolish, and Betsy Dorn, RSE’s Recycling Expert and author of Shifting the Focus from End-of-Life Recycling to Continuous Product Lifecycles, in a discussion about how companies are dealing with the challenges presented as they work towards attaining a circular economy. At 1:00 p.m. ET. More information and registration.
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.
The Urban Farm Tour UnMeeting
(Monday, April 25, 2016) The Living Building Challenge Sonoran Collaborative is hosting a tour of Greg Peterson's Urban Farm. Peterson practices full-functioning permaculture garden in his backyard yielding over 10,000 fruit trees, vegetables, and flower beds. Come learn about urban farming and sustainable food growth! From 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Urban Farm, 6750 N 13th Place, Phoenix, AZ. More information contact Regan O’Brien.
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.
UGEC Viewpoints: The informal as the “city” in urban Africa: Experiences from Kampala
Cities in developing countries have grappled with spatial planning, infrastructure, housing and, more recently, fragmented and “runaway” development. Spatial plans largely remain at a strategic level and less at the neighborhood scale, where there is a disjuncture between the envisioned urban layout and the actual development. Read more.
ASU’s energy-systems expertise and Decision Theater will help shape Mexico’s power grid
Arizona State University’s leadership in energy systems is stretching beyond the border into Mexico. ASU was recently named a participant in a new grant that will help Mexico modernize its energy grid as well as make it more connected to the U.S. The three-year, $26 million grant awarded to the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Tec de Monterrey) by Mexico’s National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) and its Secretary of Energy, is designed to address the energy economy in Mexico. It will help build infrastructure, perform research and conduct educational activities, preparing Mexico for its energy future. Read more.
Health and the city
Air pollution. Heavy traffic. Too much concrete. Not enough parks or bike paths. Cities can get a bad rap when it comes to being spaces that encourage healthy behaviors. But a new international study shows that characteristics of cities such as high population and density might in fact lead to better health through more physical activity — if cities are willing to spend a little extra to put in the proper infrastructure. Read more.
Arizona Water Festival Needs Volunteers!
The Arizona Water Festival event day brings up to 1,000 fourth graders and their teachers to a fun and festive day outside learning about water science and stewardship. As a volunteer, you'll work in teams to engage students in learning through exploration, using interactive models. During the festival, each class of 4th graders will travel together through four different stations, each offering a 30-minute activity focused on watersheds, water technology, the water cycle, or groundwater. For more information and to sign up.
EMERGE 2016 Needs Volunteers!
Call for talented artists/athletes/performers/doers for project involving sports and climate change, to take place on the ASU campus, Friday, April 29. We are seeking 5-7 "referees" for Cistern, a future sport arising from the climate migrations of the 2030s. You'd be explaining the game to complete beginners, and refereeing it when they play. If necessary you would step in to fill out teams. Confident and curious, you'll be helping complete strangers feel comfortable with forming teams and doing weird things. Experience with theater, international humanitarian work, or student-athletics are a plus. Ability to carry 30+ lbs is a benefit, but not necessary. You would need to attend an orientation/rehearsal either on Thursday, April 28th or before 4pm on Friday. The event itself is at Wells Fargo Arena on the 29th, 5-10pm (you won't be working the entire event; we'll have shifts.) Our project is part of Emerge, ASU's festival of the future. When you're off-shift, it's an excellent chance to go see the rest of the festival. If interested, go to the following link and fill out the form: http://goo.gl/forms/qnIqF6i5Hx
SOS 494/598 Advancing Renewable Energy in Arizona and Hawaii
In this sustainability course advanced undergraduates and graduate students will study and compare the electric power systems of Arizona and Hawaii, and collaboratively develop an ambitious renewable energy plan for the Big Island of Hawaii. Through readings, research, and guest presentations, students will learn about the complex interplay of environment, social values, policy, economics, and technology in electric system development. Students will meet with utility company representatives, policy makers, energy entrepreneurs, and community stakeholders in Hawaii to understand the human dimensions of the Hawaiian energy system, and then do independent research to become more deeply informed about at least one aspect of the energy system. Finally, students will collaboratively produce a final report assessing the present context of renewable energy in Hawaii and outlining feasible steps that can be taken to achieve a 100% clean and renewable electric grid on the Big Island by 2045. Course will be from May 23-June 17 at the University of Hawaii-Hilo. For more information contact Paul.Hirt@asu.edu.
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.
US Bureau of Reclamation launching two nationwide “crowd-sourcing” competitions
The US Bureau of Reclamation in collaboration with other Federal and State agencies, will launch two nationwide prize "crowd-sourcing" competitions each with a $20,000 prize purse that seek better solutions to: 1. Detect Internal Erosion in Earthen Dams, Canals, and Levees and 2. Pass Juvenile Fish Migrating Downstream Over or Around Tall Dams. Competition time frames are March 31, 2016-May 10, 2016. For more information.
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.
SWANA’s Young Professionals’ The National Solid Waste Design Competition at WASTECON 2016
SWANA's National Solid Waste Design Competition (August 22-25, 2016) is a student team competition to solve a "real world" problem faced by solid waste professionals. The competition aims at providing design experience for students interested in pursuing an education and/or career in solid waste management. Awards presented to the top two teams with maximum overall scores. PLUS! Each participating student receives free conference registration for 2016 WASTECON, free SWANA student membership for one year, and a SWANA YP webinar voucher. Application deadline is April 15, 2016. More information.
Arizona Department of Water Resource Drought Program
February 2016 drought summary is online.
March Southwest Climate Outlook
The March 2016 Southwest Climate Outlook is online.
CLIMAS Podcast: February 2016 – Delusions of Hydroclimate Grandeur
Career Development Associate, School of Sustainability
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 21382BR.
Student Volunteer Program, Summer 2016 Session, NOAA/NWS, Phoenix
Application deadline April 15, 2016. More information.
Landscape Designer/Planner, Maricopa County, Phoenix, Arizona
Application deadline April 19, 2016. More information.
Instructor/Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, US Military Academy, Department of the Army
Application deadline April 21, 2016. More information.
Part-time Field Technician, Greater-Prairie Chicken Research, University of Minnesota
Application deadline April 22, 2016. More information.
Executive Assistant to the President and CEO, AbTech Industries
Application deadline is April 29, 2016. More information.
Sustainability Coordinator, Office of Sustainability, South Bend, Indiana
Application deadline April 30, 2016. More information.
Scholar-In-Residence, Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering Design, McGill University
Application deadline June 15, 2016. More information.
Science and Policy Internships, Environmental Law and Policy Center, Various locations, USA
Application deadline July 15, 2016. More information.
Health and Environmental Investigator IV, Local Hazardous Waste Management Program, Department of Public Health, Seattle and King County, Washington
Assistant Director, Environmental Science and Policy, University of Maryland
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Stream Microbial Ecology, Loyola University