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Institute Events

1. Film Screening: Inhabit

Other Events - On Campus

2.  Participatory Government Initiative Seminar: Around the World of Democracy in 60 Minutes: Examining the Role of Citizens Media

Other Events - On Campus

3. Citizens' Climate Lobby Meeting and Conference Call

4. GreenBiz Webcast: Extending the Team: The Role of Outsourcing to Achieve Sustainability Objectives

News and Announcements

5. ASU, German university partner on global sustainability center

6. UGEC Viewpoints: What Kind of Property? Landownership for the Urban Century

7. ASU professor develops artificial-intelligence tools for environmental research

8. Tempe Sustainability Commission Opportunity

9. Chevrolet is using old batteries to save … bats?

10. Tim Trefzer greens the Atlanta Falcons' home

11. EPA Launches 2015 Campus RainWorks Challenge

12. ASU powers up with Green Sports Alliance

13. Sprint, Staples, Kimberly-Clark: the litmus test for wheat-straw paper

14. ASU earns Minerva grant to study terrorists' social-media recruiting power

15. Jackson presses winemaking into sustainability innovation

16. ASU-China Biodesign Center: More support, new opportunities in university collaboration

17. June Southwest Climate Outlook

18. CLIMAS Podcast: June 2015

Other Jobs 

19. Assistant Project Biologist, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Pendleton, Oregon

20. Phragmites Project Coordinator, Green Bay, Wisconsin


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Institute Events



          Film Screening: Inhabit

(Wednesday, July 15, 2015) Inhabit is a feature-length documentary that offers an intimate look at permaculture people and practices. 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.

          Sustainability Series: Equity - Inclusiveness - Empowerment

(Thursday, October 15, 2015) Darren Chapman, TigerMountain Foundation will present Equity - Inclusiveness - Empowerment at 6:00 p.m. at the Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe. More information and RSVP.

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Other Events

On Campus



Participatory Government Initiative Seminar: Around the World of Democracy in 60 Minutes: Examining the Role of Citizens Media

(Thursday, July 9, 2015) Bruce Kaufman, Editor-In-Chief, Power2Power.Info will present Around the World of Democracy in 60 Minutes: Examining the Role of Citizens Media from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in room 480, University Center Building, Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix campus. More information.

          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

          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.


          Citizens’ Climate Lobby Meeting and Conference Call

(Saturday, July 11, 2015) Citizens' Climate Lobby is a national organization dedicated to the implementation of a carbon fee and dividend plan as a market-based way of putting a price on carbon emissions. The Phoenix-area CCL group usually meets at 10:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month to plan its efforts. The location is as follows: Escalante Multi-Generational Center, 2150 E. Orange St. in Tempe. For more information, visit or e-mail

          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.


GreenBiz Webcast: Extending the Team: The Role of Outsourcing to Achieve Sustainability Objectives

(Tuesday, July 21, 2015) GreenBiz Group partnered with Siemens in a comprehensive research study to determine what happens when internal sustainability teams seek outside resources to guide their efforts or outsource their activities. At 1:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. AZ). More information and registration.

          GoDaddy Presents Private Screening of Code: Debugging the Gender Gap

(Thursday, July 30, 2015) Join us to see CODE, a film that examines the reasons why more girls and people of color are not seeking opportunities in computer science. It explores how cultural mindsets, stereotypes, educational hurdles, and sexism all play roles in this national crisis. At 5:30 p.m. at GoDaddy Scottsdale Auditorium, 14455 N. Hayden Rd, Scottsdale. More information. Please RSVP to

          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

          Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative Lecture: Paolo Bacigalupi

(Thursday, September 17, 2015) In Paolo Bacigalupi’s most recent science fiction novel, “The Water Knife,” Phoenix is dried up and California and Nevada are not too far behind. The millions of people who rely on the Colorado River to survive are not only thirsty, but fighting for their lives. It’s a compelling story that captures a not-so-distant future. Will Phoenix eventually collapse? Will the river dry up? New York Times-bestselling author Paolo Bacigalupi will visit Phoenix to discuss “The Water Knife,” and the future of the Colorado River as part of ASU’s Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative. At the Tempe Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m. Check for tickets starting August 25.


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.

          Homeland & Global Security Forum

(Wednesday-Thursday, October 14-15, 2015) The 17th International Summit on Transnational Crime will take place in Geneva, Switzerland. Being a multidimensional platform this Summit brings together heads of state and government, intelligence agencies, and businesses address the key to global security challenges of our world. More information.

          2015 Quality of Life Conference: The Future of Quality of Life

(Thursday-Saturday, October 15-17, 2015) The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS), along with co-host ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation, invite researchers from all disciplines, policy makers and practitioners from across the globe to participate in the 2015 Quality of Life Conference "The Future of Quality of Life." Join an exciting convening of quality of life thinkers to explore ideas, new approaches, and innovative thinking about dimensions of quality of life that impact us all, including immigration and inclusion, climate change and issues of resources, rapid urbanization and fascinating cultures intersecting in one of the US's largest cities. October 15 - 17, 2015 in Phoenix. More information.

          AASHE 2015 Conference & Expo

(Sunday-Wednesday, 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.

          VERGE 2015: Where Tech Meets Sustainability

(Monday-Thursday, October 26-29, 2015) See how technology accelerates sustainability solutions in a climate-constrained world. VERGE is GreenBiz Group's global event series focusing on the technologies and systems that accelerate sustainability solutions across sectors in a climate-constrained world. The event brings together the world’s largest companies, technology innovators, utilities and cities, creating a broad ecosystem of players to accelerate opportunities for business, the environment and society. The program focuses on transformative but practical, scalable, solutions-oriented exchanges through seven program tracks: Grid 2.0, Next-Gen Buildings, Smart Cities, Connected Transportation, Intelligent Supply Chains, Food & Ag Tech and Sustainable Water Systems. To be held at the Fairmont Hotel, San Jose, California. 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. More information.

          Greenbuild: Monumental Green Conference and Expo

(Wednesday-Friday, November 18-20, 2015) Greenbuild is the premier event for sustainable building. Featuring three exhilarating days of uplifting speakers, unmatched networking opportunities, showcases, LEED workshops and tours of green buildings in Washington, DC, Greenbuild offers a place for thousands to gather and renew their commitment to the green movement. Expo will be held November 18-19 and the Conference November 18-20. More information.

          21st Century STEM: Integrate to Innovate Conference

(Thursday-Sunday, 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, German university partner on global sustainability center

Arizona State University and Leuphana University of Lüneburg in Germany are blazing a path in international academic cooperation. Read more.


UGEC Viewpoints: What Kind of Property? Landownership for the Urban Century

An issue central to urban and environmental management is the institution of property rights – the extent of the ability to own and control a piece of land. Read more.


          ASU professor develops artificial-intelligence tools for environmental research

In pre-computer times, engineers, environmental planners and scientists alike relied heavily on detailed topographic maps to do everything from plan projects to survey areas at risk of flooding or landslides. Read more.


          Tempe Sustainability Commission Opportunity

Tempe City Council just approved the establishment of a Sustainability Commission. The Commission will advise Council and staff on ways to help the Tempe's sustainability programs reach their full potential. Projects reflect goals surrounding water conservation, renewable energy, recycling, transportation, and sustaining city infrastructure. The Commission has requirements for members with specific areas of expertise. Volunteer applications are now being accepted online at the City of Tempe Boards and Commissions website.


          Chevrolet is using old batteries to save … bats? (From

Human ingenuity and creativity never fail to surprise us. As some of us may be aware, not only are bees dying out in worrying numbers, but bats are also suffering due to increased levels of white noise. Read more.


          Tim Trefzer greens the Atlanta Falcons’ home (from

Conventional wisdom has it that interest in, and action on sustainability/greening is mainly the preserve of the Northeast, California and the Pacific Northwest. While those areas lead in many sustainability metrics in general and at the “Intersection of Green and Sports” in particular, the truth is the Greening of Sports is happening all over the U.S., in red states as well as blue. Tim holds an Executive Master’s for Sustainability Leadership from the School of Sustainability, Arizona State University. Read more.


          EPA Launches 2015 Campus RainWorks Challenge

EPA is calling for entries in its fourth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a green infrastructure design competition for undergraduate and graduate students. Student teams, working with a faculty advisor, will submit design boards, a project narrative, and a letter of support for a green infrastructure project on their campuses. This year, student teams will be encouraged to incorporate climate resiliency into their stormwater management designs. Registration opens September 1 and ends September 30. Teams must submit their entries by December 18, and winners will be announced on April 22, 2016. First-place teams will earn $2,000 to divide evenly among students, and a faculty prize of $3,000 to support green infrastructure research or training. More information:


          ASU powers up with Green Sports Alliance

The Pac-12 Conference has joined the Green Sports Alliance, making it the first collegiate sports conference to count all its members - including ASU - as participants. As a member, ASU's athletic program is committed to reducing its environmental footprint and will engage fans in the process. The partnership will also help ASU achieve its goal of zero-waste status. Read more.


Sprint, Staples, Kimberly-Clark: the litmus test for wheat-straw paper (from

Most people equate paper with cutting down trees, but an abundant eco-alternative covers literally tens of millions of acres across the North American prairies. Wheat straw, typically burned or landfilled by farmers to make way for new crops, is slowly gaining credibility as a durable replacement for virgin and recycled fiber from trees. Read more.


          ASU earns Minerva grant to study terrorists' social-media recruiting power

ASU will be part of a team monitoring the social-media advancements of terrorist groups, and trying to determine how their online actions can be negated. The university is leading a group project, which has been awarded a Minerva grant that will fund the study of what information goes viral, and what responses can halt the spread of viral information. Read more.


Jackson presses winemaking into sustainability innovation (from

Using ag-tech, solar energy and Tesla batteries as well as age-old methods like falconry, Jackson Family Wineries has sharply cut use of water, grid-supplied energy and pesticides. Read more.


ASU-China Biodesign Center: More support, new opportunities in university collaboration

Recently representatives from Shandong University in Qingdao, China, visited ASU to discuss opportunities for research collaboration in areas such as materials science, DNA nanotechnology and sustainability. The two universities are building a Biodesign Center in China that will be modeled after ASU's Biodesign Institute. Read more.

          Arizona Department of Water Resource Drought Program

May 2015 drought summary is online.


          June Southwest Climate Outlook

          The June 2015 Southwest Climate Outlook is online.


CLIMAS Podcast: June 2015

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

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Other Jobs


Assistant Project Biologist, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Pendleton, Oregon

Application deadline July 10, 2015. More information.


          Phragmites Project Coordinator, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Application deadline July 13, 2015. More information.

          Water Policy Analyst, Arizona Municipal Water Users Association

Application deadline July 24, 2015. More information.

          TISED Endowed Chair in Sustainable Engineering and Design

Application deadline August 15, 2015. More information.

          Science Coordinator, Monarch Joint Venture

          More information.

          Cleanup Project Manager, Department of Ecology, State of Washington

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 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.


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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