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Institute Events

1. MS Defense: Patricia Garland

Other Events - Off Campus

2. Greenbiz Webcast: Zero Waste & Recycling: How Companies Manage Green Messaging

News and Announcements

3. ASU to host Mandela Washington Fellows from Africa

4. Tallying the costs of stormwater pollution

5. Q&A with Bruno Sarda

6. How the apparel industry is cleaning up textiles

7. ASU report outlines green schools plan for Albania

8. Arizona Department of Water Resource Drought Program

Other Jobs

9. Director of Communications Marketing, Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Monona, Wisconsin

10. Eight PhD positions, Leverage Points for Sustainability Transformation, Leuphana University

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Institute Events


          MS Defense: Patricia Garland

(Tuesday, June 16, 2015) Patricia Garland will defense her thesis Environmental Justice and the Siting of SR-85 and North Gateway Transfer Station. Faculty, students, and the general public are invited. At 8:30 a.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.

          Sustainability Series: Can Engineered Surfaces Clean the Air of Our Cities?

(Tuesday, June 16, 2015) Christian George, French National Center for Research will present Can Engineered Surfaces Clean the Air of Our Cities? From 12:00-1:15 p.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.

          Incredibly Short Environmental Film Festival

(Tuesday, June 16, 2015) 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). From 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Harkins Valley Art Theater, 509 S. Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281. More information and RSVP.

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Other Events

On Campus


          American Sign Language in Higher Education Workshop

(Monday, June 22, 2015) The American Sign Language (ASL) faculty in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science invites ASU faculty and staff to the ASL in Higher Ed workshop. This workshop is for those interested in gaining a better understanding of the challenges and language of deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The goal is to provide staff and faculty the tools to enable deaf and hard-of-hearing student success across disciplines. This workshop is introductory, no prior experience with sign language is necessary. This free workshop meets from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Stauffer Communication Arts (A Wing), STAUF A13. Be prepared for complete immersion in deaf language, as no voices are permitted! This is a fun, comfortable zone, with no grade at the end! Just a better understanding of deaf culture and casual conversation in ASL. More information and registration (space is limited).

          Democracy Conference 2015: By the People

(Thursday-Saturday, December 3-5, 2015) Arizona State University will be hosting a conference on participatory democracy, civic engagement and citizenship education. The event will be designed to share research findings, engage in provocative and meaningful discussions, learn from accomplishments and failures, and be inspired by innovative approaches, strategies, policies, tools and practices. The conference will bring together academics, students, practitioners, researchers, appointed and elected public officials, teachers, administrators, members of community organizations, and all those interested in participatory democracy, public engagement and citizenship education. The conference will combine academic presentations with practical workshops, We are interested in attracting theoretical and empirical contributions that are related to the three conference themes. Submission of abstracts is April 15, 2015. More information.

Off Campus


Archaeology + Desert Ecology Summer Camp Session II

(Monday-Friday, June 15-19, 2015) The Center for Archaeology and Society's Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, in partnership with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, offers a week-long program providing campers ages 8 to 12 with the opportunity to learn how people of the past utilized their resources, and how their actions impact the present and possibly the future. From 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, 3711 W Deer Valley Rd, Phoenix. More information and registration.


Greenbiz Webcast: Zero Waste & Recycling: How Companies Manage Green Messaging

(Tuesday, June 16, 2015) In this free, one-hour webcast you'll learn: The risks of making claims around waste-management practices, and your company's options in managing these risks; the value of third-party verification and how it impacts a company's system processes; what leadership companies are doing to message their waste-related sustainability accomplishments; and how to get your company ready for third-party verification. From 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET (10:00-11:00 a.m. AZ). More information and registration.

          Advanced Water Education Workshop: Extreme Weather Events

(Tuesday-Wednesday, July 7-8, 2015) A workshop by Arizona State University’s Decision Center for a Desert City and Arizona Project WET at the University of Arizona for middle and high school teachers and water educators. Find out how city planners, scientists, engineers, and water managers plan for and collect data about extreme weather events. From 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. daily at the Decision Center for a Desert City, Brickyard Orchid House, 21 E. 6th St, Ste 126B, Tempe. More information and registration.

          19th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference

(Tuesday-Thursday, July 14-16, 2015) The 19th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E), will be held in the Washington DC area. As the longest running green chemistry conference in the United States, GC&E invites scientists, decision-makers, students, and advocates to come together, compare findings, and discuss the science of the future. Share your research with an engaged audience of your peers from around the world; learn from scientific trailblazers who are designing more sustainable chemistries and processes; find out how green innovations are inspiring new businesses and product lines. More information and registration.

          8th Annual Conference of the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

(Thursday-Friday, August 20-21, 2015) Ryerson, Tsinghua and Oxford universities are pleased to announce that the 8th Annual Conference for the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (#AIE2015) will be held for the first time in Toronto, Canada. The AIE Conference was first held in 2008 at Tsinghua University in Beijing, consistently ranked as one of China's top institutions for higher learning, and has previously been hosted at the prestigious Oxford University in London, England. A truly international conference, the AIE has attracted more than 1,500 participants from more than 27 countries over the years. This year, conference participants will have the unique opportunity to experience Canada as an innovation nation. The AIE Conference provides a broad platform to convene scholars from around the world to present research and to stimulate discussions on critical research issues and new developments in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. We are currently welcoming proposals from current and emerging scholars, policymakers and industry partners, please see the Call for Papers. Deadline for proposals is April 15, 2015. For more information, please visit the conference website or contact Diana Cucuz at


Workshop for PhD Students: Socio-Environmental Synthesis Research Proposal Writing

(Monday-Wednesday, September 28-30, 2015) SESYNC will host a 2½-day workshop designed to prepare graduate students to apply for graduate-level research opportunities at SESYNC. This workshop will provide graduate students with: introductions to SESYNC, socio-environmental synthesis research, team science, bridging natural and social sciences, and actionable science; networking opportunities to build professional relationships with other students, particularly those from different disciplines; and training sessions on the methods, challenges, and strategies associated with writing successful proposals, especially those related to the type of work SESYNC supports. The workshop is aimed at graduate students in the natural, social, and computational sciences; humanities; communications; and business studies. There is no fee to attend; attendees will receive support for travel, meals, and accommodations. Find complete details here. Deadline for applications is July 15, 2015.

          Conference on Complex Systems 2015

(Monday-Friday, September 28-October 2, 2015) The annual European Conferences on Complex Systems (ECCS) have become a major venue for the Complex Systems Community since they were started in 2003. For the first time, this year, the conference will be held in North America to foster and multiply contacts between the European, North American and Asian communities working in this domain. CCS’15 will be a major international conference and event in the area of complex systems and interdisciplinary science in general. To be held at the Hilton Doubletree Fiesta Inn, Tempe. More information.

          AASHE 2015 Conference & Expo

(October 25-28, 2015) AASHE 2015 Conference & Expo, themed Transforming Sustainability Education, will convene a diverse group of campus representatives including faculty, students, sustainability officers, staff, administrators and presidents together with business, non-profit, government and community members for a sustainable celebration. Expected to draw approximately 2,100 participants, AASHE’s annual conference remains the largest stage in North America for sharing effective models, policies, research, collaborations and transformative actions which advance sustainability in higher education and beyond. It will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more information.


Chacmool 2015: Shallow Pasts, Endless Horizons: Sustainability & Archaeology

(Saturday-Monday, November 14-16, 2015) The Chacmool Archaeological Association and the Department of Anthropology present the 2015 Chacmool Conference being held at the University of Calgary. We encourage you to explore sustainability with us at the 48th Annual Chacmool Conference. The deadline to submit abstracts is May 1st, 2015. Abstracts can be submitted on our website here or to our Registration Coordinator at More information.

          21st Century STEM: Integrate to Innovate Conference

(January 21-24, 2016) The Science Foundation AZ and the STEM AZ Education Collaborative are proud to partner to bring you the 21st Century STEM: Integrate to Innovate Conference. STEM integration is critical for developing the knowledge and skills our students, businesses, and communities desire and deserve. Critical thinking, creativity, and innovation are both goals and outcomes of educational practices that promote a transdisciplinary approach to STEM education. At the 21st Century STEM: Integrate to Innovate conference participants will engage in diverse sessions to explore and enhance STEM educational practices. Sessions will not only be outstanding learning opportunities for educators, many of them will include how business, informal education, early childhood experiences, and K-16+ classrooms create a nexus of learning that result in the 21st century graduate prepared for tomorrow’s world. The conference will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N Third St, Phoenix. For more information.

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          ASU to host Mandela Washington Fellows from Africa

For the second year, Arizona State University has been selected as one of 20 leading U.S. universities to serve as an academic Institute for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Read more.


          Tallying the costs of stormwater pollution (from

In these times of drought, following regulations to keep our drinking water safe is more important than ever. Storm water management has a long history worth reviewing. Read more.


          Q&A with Bruno Sarda

Bruno Sarda is Director of Sustainability Operations for Dell, a consultant for the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, an adjunct professor in the School of Sustainability and a Senior Sustainability Scholar in the ASU Wrigley Institute. Read more.


          How the apparel industry is cleaning up textiles (from

Since 2013, Greenpeace’s “Detox” campaign against apparel companies successfully has catalyzed new approaches to eliminate hazardous chemicals from products and supply chains. It's not just activist pressure, but also the desire within the industry to do good, that is driving the reduction of hazards in everything from children’s clothing to sportswear. Read more.


          ASU report outlines green schools plan for Albania

Going to school in Albania means dealing with frequent power outages; the electricity grid is only 60 percent reliable, and schools have limited access to even that. Albania wants to make its schools safe, stable and energy efficient, and the nation turned to ASU’s sustainability experts for help. Read more.


Arizona Forward Seeks Statewide Entries for 35th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards Program

Arizona Forward is now accepting nominations for its 35th annual Environmental Excellence Awards program, the state's oldest and largest competition of its kind. The event - known as the Academy Awards of the local environmental community - is presented in partnership with SRP and recognizes significant contributions to the sustainability of the Grand Canyon State. This signature program now embraces projects throughout Arizona, with all categories dedicated to its expanded geographic focus. In taking a fresh approach to the historical program, Arizona Forward is unveiling two new award categories, including the Governor's Award For Arizona's Future, as well as a Healthy Communities category. All categories are now open to entries throughout Arizona for the first time ever! Entry deadline is June 30, 2015. For more information.


          Arizona Department of Water Resource Drought Program

May 2015 drought summary is online.

          May Southwest Climate Outlook

          The May 2015 Southwest Climate Outlook is online.


CLIMAS Podcast: May 2015 Southwest Climate Podcast

Tune into the Southwest climate podcasts on iTunes or Southwest Climate Change Network.

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Institute Job Openings


Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Resilience of Coupled Infrastructure Networks)

          To apply to this position, please send application materials to

          Program Coordinator Senior, Sustainability Education

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 13918BR.

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Other Jobs


Assistant or Associate Professor - Natural Resources Recreation & Tourism, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia

Application deadline June 15, 2015. More information.


Director of Communications Marketing, Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Monona, Wisconsin

Application deadline June 19, 2015. More information.


Volunteer Program Coordinator, HandsOn Greater Phoenix - City of Phoenix Public Works

          Application deadline June 29, 2015. More information.


Eight PhD positions, Leverage Points for Sustainability Transformation, Leuphana University

          PhD 1: Institutional dynamics in sustainable transformation

PhD 2: Institutional dynamics in sustainable transformation, with special focus on energy or food/agricultural systems

          PhD 3: Human-nature connections and institutional dynamics

          PhD 4: Conceptualizing and quantifying human-nature connections (conceptualization)

          PhD 5: Conceptualizing and quantifying human-nature connections (quantification)

          PhD 6: Sustainability-related knowledge creation and use (opportunities for change)

PhD 7: Sustainability-related knowledge creation and use (sustainability conceptualization and opportunities for change)

          PhD 8: Inter- and transdisciplinary knowledge creation in action

          Application deadline June 30, 2015. More information.

          Sustainability Coordinator, University of Pennsylvania  

          Application deadline June 30, 2015. More information.


James and Mary Pinchot Fellow in Sustainability Studies, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Review of applications begins July 1, 2015. More information.

          TISED Endowed Chair in Sustainable Engineering and Design

Application deadline August 15, 2015. More information.


Policy Analyst, Environmental Policy & Innovation Department, Salt River Project

More information.


Sustainability Program Manager, Office of Sustainability, Washington University-St. Louis

More information.

          Energy Manager, Weber State University

          More information.

          Senior Sustainability Data Analyst, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

          More information.

          Manager of Sustainable Development, MGM Resorts International

More information.

          Manager, Recycling Programs, Keep America Beautiful, Washington, D.C.

More information.

          Energy and Waste Fellow, Sustainability Program, Luther College

More information.

          Program Associate, Alliance to Save Energy, Oakland, California

More information.

          Energy and Utility Manager, University of Nevada-Las Vegas

More information.

          Part-time Executive Assistant, Arizona Public Health Association

More information.

          Coordinator of Sustainability Education, Central College, Pella, Iowa

More information.

          Director, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota

More information.

          Assistant Professor, Freshwater Ecology, Montana State University

More information.


Postdoctoral Fellowship in Urban Social-Ecological Systems, The New School

More information.

          Field Institute Director, McDowell Sonoran Field Institute, Scottsdale, Arizona

          More information.

          Research Professor-Open Rank, Ecosystem Services, Idaho State University

More information.

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