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Other Events - On Campus
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News and Announcements
Sustainability@ASU: Sustainability Storytelling: Short Documentaries from Peter Byck’s Class - 7th Edition
(Friday, December 2, 2016) Join us for a free screening of three short films created by students from the School of Sustainability and Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, under the direction of Sustainability Scientist Peter Byck (director of Carbon Nation). From 9:00-10:00 a.m. in room 401, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and registration.
Sustainability Series: Revolution in the Desert: How Arizona Improved the Lives of Farm Animals
(Friday, December 2, 2016) Paul Shapiro, Human Society of the United States will present Revolution in the Desert: How Arizona Improved the Lives of Farm Animals from 12:00-1:15 p.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and registration.
LightWorks Event Series: United’s Sustainable Community - An Island Solution
(Wednesday, December 7, 2016) Robert Divers, CEO of United Interests will present United’s Sustainable Community - An Island Solution from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and registration.
Film Screening: Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields
(Wednesday, December 7, 2016) Ground Operations is an award-winning documentary film and social action campaign that champions the growing network of combat veterans who are transitioning into careers as sustainable farmers, ranchers and artisan food producers. Please join us for the opportunity to talk with the filmmaker, Dulanie Ellis, and join in a robust conversation about the opportunities for veterans to find their next mission of service while strengthening local food security. Price: $10 - The proceeds of ticket sales will support both local and national (Ground Operations) programs. Free for veterans and active military. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; film begins 7:00 p.m. at Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave, Phoenix. More information and registration.
Sustainability Series: The Future of Green Technologies
(Friday, December 9, 2016) Deborah Strumsky, Arizona State University-Santa Fe Institute Center for Biosocial Complex Systems will present The Future of Green Technologies from 9:00-10:15 a.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and registration.
School of Sustainability Community Garden Maintenance & Harvest
(Saturday, December 10, 2016) Interested in gardening? Want 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 Harvest Day! From 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Escalante Community Garden, 2150 E. Orange St, Tempe. More information and registration.
Security & Sustainability Forum Webinar: Restoring the Carbon Budget - Session 1: The Budget Imperative
(Thursday, December 15, 2016) Join Arizona State University’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and the Security and Sustainability Forum in the first of a three-part series where leading experts will address the research, policies, economics and accountability needed to "Restore the Carbon Budget". From 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. MST. More information and registration.
Evidence-Based Teaching Seminar: Unlocking the Potential of All Learners to Thrive in STEM
(Friday, December 2, 2016) Sasha Barab, Center for Games and Impact, Arizona State University will present Unlocking the Potential of All Learners to Thrive in STEM from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in room 106, E-wing, Life Science Center, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
School for the Future of Innovation in Society Occasional Speaker: Along the Life Path of Energy Scenarios
(Tuesday, December 6, 2016) Ricarda Scheele, University of Stuttgart will present Along the Life Path of Energy Scenarios from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in room 280, INTDS-B, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Virtual Institute for Responsible Innovation Visitorship Lecture Series: EyeCan: Corporate Research, Appropriate Technology, and Responsible Innovation
(Wednesday, December 7, 2016) June-Seok Lee, KyunJee University will present EyeCan: Corporate Research, Appropriate Technology, and Responsible Innovation from 11:50 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in room 5536, Coor Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Frontiers of Modern Microbiology Seminar Series: Anaerobic Microbes for Unique Solutions to Environmental Problems
(Friday, December 9, 2016) Perry L. McCarty, Stanford University will present Anaerobic Microbes for Unique Solutions to Environmental Problems from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in room B105 (auditorium), Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Law, Justice and Development 2016
(Monday-Friday, December 5-9, 2016) The Legal Vice Presidency of the World Bank cordially invites you to attend the Law, Justice and Development (LJD) Week 2016 to be held at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC. This year's theme is Law, Climate Change and Development. The Law, Justice and Development Week 2016 will convene a broad community of development professionals who use law and justice tools to battle poverty and boost shared prosperity. The theme for this year’s event is “Law, Climate Change and Development”. More information and registration.
Simple Solutions Summit
(Saturday, December 10, 2016) Join Green Living magazine for the first Simple Solutions Summit. They are partnering with the VerdeXchange Arizona conference (December 7-9), which brings together top CEOs and thought leaders from around the globe. Increase your knowledge and awareness about Arizona’s current air quality initiatives, education, energy, food, waste and water directives from our panel of local experts. The conferences will be held at the Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes, 2000 W. Westcourt Way, Tempe, AZ 85282. More information and tickets.
AZ Fashion Headquarters Grand Opening
(Saturday, December 10, 2016) Come participate in the grand opening of the fashion headquarters of Arizona! This innovative space will be a business incubator, production facility and educational resource for local visionaries and entrepreneurs. This incubator will take fashion from beginning to end, including everything from business consulting to design services to apparel manufacturing. From 6:00-10:00 p.m. at 132 E. 6th St, Tempe, AZ. More information and tickets.
GreenBiz Webcast: What Sustainability Executives Need to Know About Microgrids
(Tuesday, December 13, 2016) This one-hour webcast provides a primer on microgrids for sustainability executives — from companies, universities and municipalities — to give you the tools and knowledge to assess when a microgrid is the right solution for your organization. From 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. More information and registration.
Desert Terrior: Exploring the Unique Flavors and Sundry Places of the Borderlands
(Tuesday, January 17, 2017) Explore the Borderlands during a thrilling evening with renowned author Gary Paul Nabhan and discover why food tastes better when we know the science, history and culture behind it. From 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Desert Botanical Gardens, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ. For more information and tickets.
2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit
(Monday-Friday, February 13-15, 2017) The 2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit is a significant moment and turning point for Second Nature and the Climate Leadership Network. We’ll reflect on 10 years of bold climate leadership by higher education institutions, and anticipate the future of the Network and the sustainability movement. The 2017 Summit is designed for campus sustainability teams, including specialized content for presidents, faculty, and staff. They are also seeking proposals for presentations, sessions, and workshops. The event will be held at Tempe Mission Palms, 60 E. Fifth St, Tempe. More information.
(Tuesday-Thursday, February 14-16, 2017) Sustainability leaders from the world’s largest companies gather each year at the GreenBiz forum to explore pressing challenges and emerging opportunities in sustainable business. The event offers a rich blend of presentations, workshops and networking opportunities framed by the State of Green Business report, GreenBiz Group’s award-winning annual research and analysis of key sustainability metrics and trends. Attendees return from GreenBiz both inspired by what’s possible and ready to tackle their organization’s greatest sustainability challenges. GreenBiz is produced in collaboration with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. To be held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge, 5350 Marriott Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85054. More information and registration.
Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference 2017
(Sunday-Monday, March 26-27, 2017) The Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference 2017 aims to be the best participant-driven conference you can attend. We challenge you to embed community building methods and facilitation into your presentations, workshops, and interactions with each other. Let’s transition from PowerPoint and unleash our collaborative selves with World Cafés and Appreciative Inquiry, using our gathered brain trust to find solutions to collective challenges. This year we will envision new possibilities, expand our communities and learn through experimentation as we advance the goal of thriving people, places and planet. At the University of Maryland, College Park. More information.
Second International Conference on Tourism & Leisure Studies
(Thursday-Friday, April 6-7, 2017) The Second International Conference on Tourism & Leisure Studies will feature plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field. Each year the International Conference on Tourism & Leisure Studies draws a diverse group of participants from all over the world. Our Program Development team draws on this diversity to craft a rich and distinctive conference experience. It will be held at the University of British Columbia, Robson Square, Vancouver, Canada. More information.
Engineering Sustainability 2017: Innovation and the Triple Bottom Line
(Sunday-Tuesday, April 9-11, 2017) This focused conference will bring together engineers and scientists from academia, government, industry, and nonprofits to share results of cutting-edge research and practice directed at development of environmentally sustainable buildings and infrastructure. At the Westin Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. More information.
Ninth International Conference on Climate Change Impacts & Responses
(Friday-Saturday, April 21-22, 2017) The Ninth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses features research addressing the following annual themes: Scientific evidence; assessing impacts in divergent ecosystems; human impacts and impacts on humans; and technical, political, and social responses. There will be a special focus on communicating and collaborating for resilient solutions to climate change. To be held at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. More information.
Better Building Summit 2017
(Monday-Wednesday, May 15-17, 2017) The Better Buildings Summit is a national meeting where leading organizations across key sectors showcase solutions to cut energy intensity in their buildings portfolio-wide by 20% over the next ten years. This Summit is designed for partners and stakeholders to exchange best practices and highlight demonstrated market solutions with an equal emphasis on discussing future opportunities for greater energy efficiency in America’s homes and buildings. The meeting occurs in Washington, D.C. More information.
IISE Annual Conference & Expo 2017
(Saturday-Tuesday, May 20-23, 2017) The Sustainable Development Division of the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE) is sponsoring the Social, Economic, and Environmental Sustainability Track at the 2017 IISE Annual Conference and Expo. The conference is a forum for exchanging knowledge and discoveries in the industrial and systems engineering research and practitioner communities. The 2017 IISE Annual Conference and Expo will be one conference, where ISERC and Applied Solutions sessions will be organized together. This exciting change will bring researchers and practitioners together to share the latest advances in Sustainable Development. At the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. More information.
Universities Council on Water Resources Conference: Water in a Changing Environment
(Tuesday-Thursday, June 13-15, 2017) The 2017 Annual Conference, Water in a Changing Environment will take place in Fort Collins, CO. Gaps in projected water supply and demand, water quality and reuse issues, increased food and energy needs, and a changing climate bring water resources to center stage, not only in the western U.S. but across the continent and around the world. Please join the dialogue as we seek to develop transdisciplinary and disciplinary solutions to complex water problems and explore bridges between science and policy. Call for abstracts until January 20, 2017. More information.
Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Annual Meeting
(Wednesday-Saturday, June 21-24, 2017) AESS 2017 will be held at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. We’d love to have some ASU folks (faculty and students) to get involved in the local planning. If students help out in a substantial way, we can comp them for the conference. Contact David Hassenzahl for more information about getting involved. For more information about AESS.
Energy Impacts 2017
(Wednesday-Thursday, July 26-27, 2017) Energy Impacts 2017 is the first North American conference focused on social science research related to the impacts of energy development - with a goal of synthesis, comparison and innovation among established and emerging energy impacts scholars from North America and abroad. The pace, scale and intensity of new energy development around the world demands credible and informed research about potential impacts to human communities that host energy developments. While a fast-growing body of research addresses social, economic, and behavioral impacts from large-scale energy development for host communities and landscapes, their discoveries are often isolated by disciplinary and geographic boundaries. We invite participation from sociologists, geographers, political scientists, public health specialists, economists, anthropologists, practitioners and other interested parties whose work addresses impacts of new energy development for host communities and landscapes. Please visit http://www.energyimpacts.org to join a mailing list for future updates, and to add your profile to our growing data base of energy impacts researchers and professionals. The conference will be held at Ohio State University, Columbus.
ASU class shows the future is here
If science has its way, your refrigerator will be able to sense if milk is missing and send a signal to your smartphone, which will then remind you to fetch a gallon from the grocery store. It’s a concept called the Internet of Things, and it’s much closer than you might think. Read more.
The biggest crisis is also the greatest opportunity (from GreenBiz.com)
The Paris Climate Agreement went into force last month, less than a year after 190 governments signed the landmark, legally binding international treaty. Two weeks ago, world leaders and civil society groups gathered at the COP22 climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco, to tackle the next phase — implementation — beginning with the development of concrete climate action plans. Read more.
What's the best way to improve bee habitats? (From GreenBiz.com)
Each morning last summer, Michael Roswell walked through restored meadows and abandoned New Jersey farm fields, where leggy grasses and weeds grew unchecked and thick patches of bee balm, black-eyed Susans, mountain mints, goldenrod and purple-loosestrife added shots of magenta, yellow and white. Read more.
UGEC Viewpoints: Intermediary organizations and participatory river governance in Taiwan
In the past two decades, participatory approaches in river governance and/or in integrated watershed management have come to the fore in academia and public policy. In Taiwan, there has been high demand for knowledge on public participation in watershed management since 2006 when the government passed the eight year, NT$116 billion Flood-prone Area Management Plan. This study aims to identify and classify “intermediary organizations” and to understand their role and effect in facilitating and promoting participatory river governance in Taiwan. Read more.
Scott Pelley: Fake news, biased reporting a threat to our country
Fake news stories are more than a simple annoyance — they are a genuine danger to our nation, according to Scott Pelley, award-winning managing editor and anchor of the “CBS Evening News” and correspondent of “60 Minutes.” Read more.
The long road ahead: Improving transportation infrastructure
On Aug. 1, 2007, 13 people in Minnesota never made it home from their evening commute. There wasn’t a bomb, a mass shooting or a natural disaster. These 13 deaths and 145 injuries were the result of a failed system. Read more.
'We should not be in the business of extinction'
A cheap and radical tool that enables geneticists and researchers to edit genomes easily by removing, adding or altering sections of the DNA sequence is causing a stir among scientists. The CRISPR-Cas9 uses gene-drive technology, which promotes the inheritance of a particular gene to increase its prevalence in a population, and it’s available on the internet for about $300. Read more.
Eileen Fisher has designs on keeping clothing out of landfills (from GreenBiz.com)
One of the joys of buying new clothing is the rush of owning something that will take on its own history, unsullied by the wear of time or the highs (and embarrassing lows) of the fashion cycle. Most consumers don't often think about the global journey garments took on their way to the hanger, however, or the footprints they will leave behind after we discard them. That's partly because most fashion companies don't talk about these things. Read more.
Employers place ASU in top 10 for graduate employability
Arizona State University has been ranked in the top 10 in the nation for graduate employability, according to a new survey of employers. The Global University Employability Survey 2016 ranked ASU ninth in the country for preparing graduates for jobs, ahead of MIT, Columbia and UCLA. Read more.
TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky makes garbage the hero (from GreenBiz.com)
Tom Szaky, founder and CEO of TerraCycle, has been working to solve the question: What is garbage? TerraCycle’s premise is that anything can be recycled — but some items pose a challenge. There is a straightforward business case for commonly recycled items such as glass, metal and plastic, but how about cigarette butts, paint or diapers? Read more.
Arizona Water Facts: Smart Stormwater Management
Like most communities across Arizona, the Cities of Mesa and Glendale historically considered stormwater to be a nuisance that needed to be quickly eliminated through an expensive pipe and channel system. Today is different. Mesa and Glendale are shifting the stormwater paradigm and recognizing stormwater as a resource that can be used to promote healthy urban communities. Read more.
Looking for life on Mars — in Chile
Two geoscientists at Arizona State University have made a discovery among hot springs in Chile that may spur scientists to revisit a location on Mars explored several years ago by NASA's Spirit rover. The discovery involves fingerlike structures that form in the hot spring deposits by processes that combine biological and non-biological activity. Read more.
UGEC Viewpoints: The urban resilience fallacy: Gaps between theory and practice
The concept of urban resilience incorporates a very diverse set of adaptation and risk reduction practices under its umbrella. For example, dam construction, tree planting, slum regeneration, and smart city planning have all been labelled as a way of building more resilient cities. The increasing interest in building resilient cities has also given rise to a number of critical essays. Read more.
Arizona Department of Water Resource Drought Program
October 2016 drought summary is online.
November Southwest Climate Outlook
The November 2016 Southwest Climate Outlook is online.
CLIMAS Podcast: November 2016 – SW Climate & Water Year in Review
None at this time.
Ecosystem Programme Assistant, IUCN, Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, Malaga, Spain
Application deadline December 4, 2016. More information.
Sustainability Planner, Community Focus (part-time), City of Lakewood, Colorado
Application deadline December 5, 2016. More information.
Assistant Professor, School of Earth Sciences & Environmental Sustainability, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
Application deadline December 5, 2016. More information.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems and Society, Dartmouth College
Application deadline December 5, 2016. More information.
Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Sustainability, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Application deadline December 10, 2016. More information.
Environmental Specialist (Environment Now Coordinator), City and County of San Francisco, California
Application deadline December 16, 2016. More information.
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Application deadline December 23, 2016. More information.
Program Director, The Nature Conservancy, Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico
Application deadline December 30, 2016. More information.
Sun Devil Dining (Aramark), Sustainability Intern (Spring 2017), Arizona State University
Sun Devil Dining's Sustainability Intern will help promote our environmental efforts at public events and internal activities. Aramark's continually evolving Sustainability Pillars include: Responsible Purchasing, Efficient Operations and Waste Minimization. The position will focus on education and engagement surrounding Sun Devil Dining's environmental efforts and sustainable food systems. The Sustainability Intern will also support expansion of new and existing sustainability practices. Application deadline: December 31, 2016. Hourly Rate: $10/hour; Hours: Approximately 16-29 hours per week; Dates: January-May 2017. See Sun Devil Dining's Sustainability page for more details: http://sundevildining.asu.edu/sustainability. Please send cover letter, spring class schedule and resume along with a list of relevant coursework to: Krista Hicks (Hicks-Krista@aramark.com).
Faculty Position , Water Resources Engineering/Coastal and Ocean Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
Application deadline December 31, 2016. More information.
Appalachian Forest Heritage Area Americorps, West Virginia
Application deadline December 31, 2016. More information.
Science Fellow, Columbia University
Application deadline January 1, 2017. More information.
Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowships, NOAA
Application deadline January 6, 2017. More information.
Assistant Professor, Watershed Engineering, Virginia Tech
Application deadline January 9, 2017. More information.
Assistant Professor, GIS Science/Physical Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Application deadline January 9, 2017. More information.
Virginia G. Piper Resident Scholar
Application deadline January 20, 2017. More information.
Science Communication Fellow, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Vienna, Austria
Application deadline January 17, 2017. More information.
Anthony A. Lapham River Conservation Fellow, American Rivers, Washington, D.C.
Application deadline January 31, 2017. More information.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Urban Ecology, The New School, New York, New York
Review of applications begins in January 2017. More information.
Louis Bacon Environmental Leadership Fellow, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Application deadline February 24, 2017 (Apply to School by December 1, 2016). More information.
Natural Resources Technician, Summit Lake Paiute Tribe, Humboldt County, Nevada
Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Summit Lake Paiute Tribe, Humboldt County, Nevada
Environmental Specialist, Summit Lake Paiute Tribe, Humboldt County, Nevada
Program Manager, Sustainability, McDonald’s, Oak Brook, Illinois
Entry-Level Transportation Planner, Phoenix, Arizona
Assistant or Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Utah State University, Logan
Assistant or Associate Professor, Coastal Ecology, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
More information Posting number 0619572.
Postdoctoral Fellow in Urban Ecology, The New School, New York, New York
Research Associate, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Assistant Professor, Natural Resources Policy and Governance, Environmental Studies Program, University of Colorado-Boulder
Communications and Member Services Assistant, Urban Sustainability Directors Network & Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance
Principal Public Affairs Representative (Conservation), Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Hunger Program and Policy Manager, Arizona Community Action Association