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Other Events - On Campus
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News and Announcements
School of Sustainability Community Garden Maintenance & Harvest
(Saturday, May 14, 2016) Are you interested in gardening? Have you been looking for a way to contribute to your community? Interested in meeting fun, sustainability-oriented people? Then join us for the School of Sustainability Monthly Community Garden Day! From 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Escalante Community Garden, 2150 Orange St, Tempe. More information and RSVP.
Biodiversity Series: Emerging Trends in Conservation
(Monday, May 16, 2016) Leading experts from Conservation International will discuss emerging trends in conservation from a variety of perspectives including oceans, wildlife, protected areas, agriculture, and ecosystem services measurement, valuation and accounting. From 4:00-5:30 p.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Sustainability @ASU: Webinar - Wasted Food, Challenges, and Opportunities in Partnerships and Consumer Behavior Change
(Wednesday, May 25, 2016) Dan O'Neill, Christopher Wharton from ASU and John Trujillo, Director Pubic Works for the City of Phoenix, will discuss the problems of wasted food, the issues embedded in consumer behaviors related to food consumption and loss, the potential for public-private collaboration to implement regional system solutions and the great potential in partnerships between universities and cities. From 10:15-11:45 a.m. MST. More information and RSVP.
Free Film Screening: The Path of Resistance
(Wednesday, June 1, 2016) The Path of Resistance explores the front-line communities living along the proposed route of the Keystone XL Pipeline and their fight to stop the project. Doors open 6:30 p.m.; showtime 7:00 p.m. at Harkins Valley Art Theater, 509 S. Mill Ave, Tempe. More information and RSVP.
Second Annual Sustainability Conference of American Legal Educators
(Friday, May 13, 2016) The Program on Law and Sustainability at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is pleased to announce the Second Annual Sustainability Conference of American Legal Educators, to be held from 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University Tempe campus. More information and registration.
Staff Council Lunch & Learn Series: Sustainability Practices at ASU
(Tuesday, May 17, 2016) Corey Hawkey from Sustainability Practices will present Sustainability Practices at ASU from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in room 226 (Graham), Memorial Union, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. Bring your lunch and dessert will be provided.
The New Normal: Women of Color Innovations and Achievements through STEM Entrepreneurship
(Friday-Sunday, May 20-22, 2016) The Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology at Arizona State University (ASU) through its National STEM Collaborative is pleased to co-host the inaugural Women of Color in STEM Entrepreneurship Conference at ASU SkySong. The conference is a collaborative effort to advocate for increased participation of women of color in entrepreneurship experiences and small business enterprise; to advance entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial student engagement; and to transform the ways that entrepreneurship is viewed, taught and experienced in higher education. 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.
Colorado River Shortage Briefing
(Wednesday, May 18, 2016) The Arizona Department of Water Resources and the Central Arizona Project are hosting a Colorado River Shortage Briefing that is open to the public from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at the Arizona Department of Water Resources, Verde Conference Room, 3550 N Central Ave, Phoenix. There were also be satellite locations to view at CAP Headquarters in Phoenix and Tucson. For more information.
International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology: ISSST 2016
(Sunday-Wednesday, May 15-18, 2016) ISSST is a conference that serves as an interactive platform allowing scientists, artists, engineers and humanists to exchange and create sustainability ideas and solutions. Dr. Gary Dirks, Director of ASU LightWorks, will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Dirks works on projects that will develop biofuel compatible diesel and jet fuel production, create more sustainable plastics, find ways to mimic antibodies for better and less expensive cures, and use the chemical process of photosynthesis to generate clean energy. The conference will be held at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, Phoenix. More information.
Arizona Food & Farm Finance Forum
(Thursday-Friday, May 19-20, 2016) The Food and Farm Finance Forum is an annual opportunity for those involved in and contributing to Arizona’s local food system to gather, network, learn, and develop new skill sets. The forum focuses on farming, food system development, local food marketing and building local and living economies, and bridges the gap between farmers, local food entrepreneurs and potential investment and/or access to capital. Learn new skills in gardening, food advocacy, marketing and funding. A pre-forum event focuses on starting your own farm. Held at the Desert Botanical Garden, student discount available with code: 2-day code: studentfull; 1-day code: student1day. It will be held from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Desert Botanical Gardens. For more information and tickets.
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Waste Program Workshop
(Tuesday, May 24, 2016) ADEQ encourages community members, businesses and government agencies to attend this no-cost workshop. Topics include: Solid Wastes; Hazardous Wastes; Hazardous Waste Manifest and Reporting; Pollution Prevention; Underground Storage Tanks; and myDEQ, an online RCRA EPA ID Registration. Seating is Limited. Registration is required. From 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at ADEQ Phoenix Office, 1110 W Washington St, Phoenix. Please visit for registration. Professional Development Hours (PDHs) are available for this workshop. If you have questions about this event, please contact the Waste Inspections and Compliance Unit at email@example.com.
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.
Myths and Facts Surrounding Solar
(Wednesday, May 25, 2016) Please join Brandon Cheshire, owner of SunHarvest Solar for an engaging presentation on the myths and facts surrounding rooftop solar in Arizona. Presentation will be followed by a Q & A opportunity and refreshments will be provided. This is a free and open to the public presentation, though space is limited, so please RSVP. From 5:00-6:00 p.m. at CO+HOOTS, 221 E. Indianola Ave, Phoenix 85012.
Sustainability and Textiles
(Monday-Thursday, June 6-9, 2016) Sustainability in Fashion and Textiles is a four-day series of lectures, discussions, panels, and hands-on workshops focusing on sustainability and technology in fashion and textiles. This year an optional fifth day has been added to close the loop on the conference in a mindful way, as well as add a full day of site visits to relevant industry locations. Designed for industry professionals as well as academics wishing to broaden their understanding of sustainability and how to support its integration into the industry. This interdisciplinary program is important for designers, technologists, educators, and those involved in creation or production, as well as those seeking greater business and professional knowledge. At the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York. More information and registration.
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.
KDD2016: 22nd ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining: KDD Workshop on Data Science for Food, Energy, and Water
(Sunday, August 14, 2016) Recognizing the need for orchestrated efforts to address the many interrelated data scientific challenges for the security of Food, Energy and Water, the goal of this workshop will be three-fold: 1. To introduce the emerging area of “data science for food, water and energy (DS-FEW)” to the KDD community; 2. To invite scientists and practitioners in the FEW domains to the KDD community, and interest them in leveraging our technology and expertise; 3. To innovate new technology, leveraging existing KDD technology where appropriate, to address the challenges we face in FEW, by bringing together a multi-disciplinary audience and enticing them to synergize. This workshop is part of the entire conference which occurs from August 13-17. Call for papers submission deadline is May 27, 2016 and the notification date will be June 13, 2016. For more information.
The Wizard of Ooze
Milton Sommerfeld can see the future in puddles. One of the nation’s top experts on algae, Sommerfeld has spent almost 50 years cracking dozens of uses for the plant. In Sommerfeld’s future, you will fill your tank with it; feed it to livestock; fertilize crops, lawns or flowers; clean up wastewater with it; and eat it. Read more.
Hyperloop to high-speed rail: Who will build the future of mobility? (From GreenBiz.com)
"It’s an ultra high speed, tube-based transportation system," explained Hyperloop Technologies Chief Legal Officer Afshin Pishevar. "Think of it as airplanes without wings, and then we levitate." Read more.
Class Film Project: Camel Don’t Fly, Deserts Don’t Bloom
View the class film produced by Peter Byck’s students - Glaiza Boccelli, Omar Hassan, Nadia Moyelhi (School of Sustainability) and Minkdy Reisnberg, Cassie Ronda, and Langston Fields (Cronkite School of Journalism) and Humphrey Fellow, Rajneesh Bhandari. The theme of the film is hay production in the desert. View the video.
AskNature: How can we design better packaging? (From GreenBiz.com)
Every day, postal workers deliver millions of packages through the mail, trucks full of produce are transported around the globe and billions of dollars worth of packaged products are created, bought and sold. Packaging is a ubiquitous, necessary aspect of modern consumer cultures. It keeps our products safe, clean and intact. Yet over time, much of this packaging leads to waste and pollution. Isn’t there a better way to package the products and services we use every day? Read more.
Scientists reveal low-cost test for Zika
Fear of the Zika virus is spreading as images of afflicted infants fill the news. Hoping to foil Zika’s rapid advance, researchers from the Wyss Institute in Boston, along with colleagues from Arizona State University, have developed a low-cost ($1 per test), practical diagnostic that can be easily administered, even in areas where resources and medical expertise are scarce. Read more.
Surfers drop in for the climate action ride (from GreenBiz.com)
Surfing is synonymous with riding waves all day, jamming to Jack Johnson, chilling around a beach bonfire by night and sleeping in a VW van before doing it all over again. But there’s another idea that should also come to mind when imagining the idealized life of a surfer dude or dudette: science. Read more.
Arroyo 2016: Potable Reuse of Water
See the latest issue of Arroyo 2016 featuring an article on the potable reuse of water. Read more.
Four PhD studentships at ICTA-UAB María de Maeztu Unit of Excellence to address anthropogenic climate change
The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) offers four scholarships to candidates who would like to pursue their PhD degree at ICTA within the Strategic Research Programme ICTA-UAB María de Maeztu, Programme for Units of Excellence in R&D (MDM-2015-0552). The positions are related to the call “Ayudas para contratos predoctorales para la formación de doctores 2016” of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO). Deadline for pre-applications is 8:00 p.m. (CET) on 22 May 2016, and please write to firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or to apply for the positions. More information.
EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards 2016
The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Postdoctoral Research Awards support EERE's mission in energy efficiency and renewable energy by offering recent Ph.D. recipients the opportunity to conduct applied research at universities, national laboratories, and other research facilities. Application deadline is May 20, 2016. More information.
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
April 2016 drought summary is online.
April Southwest Climate Outlook
The April 2016 Southwest Climate Outlook is online.
CLIMAS Podcast: April 2016 – An Exceptional El Niño - (For All the “Wrong” Reasons?)
Faculty Associate, School of Sustainability, Online
Application deadline May 15, 2016. More information.
Instructions to Apply: To review and apply go to ASU Human Resources, click on Current ASU Employee or External Applicants, and in the “Requisition ID” section, type 22331BR.
Postdoctoral Fellowship (Transitions and Implementation) in Urban Resilience to Weather-Related Extreme Events
Application deadline May 31, 2016. More information.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Evolution and Medicine, Arizona State University
Application deadline May 15, 2016. More information.
CDC-NCAR Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Health Research, Atlanta, GA
Application deadline May 15, 2016. More information.
Resource Ecologist, Forest Preserve District of Cook County, River Forest, IL
Application deadline May 15, 2016. More information.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, New England Sustainability Consortium, University of Maine
Application deadline May 16, 2016. More information.
Assistant Director for Education, Reilly Center, University of Notre Dame
Application deadline May 27, 2016. More information.
Extension Education, Water Resources, Michigan State University
Application deadline June 1, 2016. More information.
Scholar-In-Residence, Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering Design, McGill University
Application deadline June 15, 2016. More information.
Postdoctoral Researchers, Abrupt Change in Ecological Systems, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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.
Executive Director, University Supply Chain, Arizona State University
Southwest Organizer, National Young Farmers’ Coalition, Durango, CO (or remotely in Southwest)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Social Sciences, Climate, Ecosystem, and Fire Applications, Desert Research Institute, Reno, Nevada
Scientific Web Developer/Designer, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, University of California-Santa Barbara
Job #20160165 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