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News and Announcements
Sustainability/CSR Reporting Certification for Students
(Friday-Saturday, October 23-24, 2015) Do you envision a world where sustainability guides every organization’s decision-making process? So does the Global Reporting Initiative, which established standardized reporting guidelines used by organizations of all sizes – from academic to corporate, governmental to nonprofit. Using GRI’s guidelines, organizations account for the economic, environmental and social impacts of their activities – thereby creating transparency and encouraging more sustainable practices. The School of Sustainability, in response to student demand, is thrilled to present a two-day certification training in G4 – the latest version of GRI’s guidelines. More information and registration.
Urban Gardens Talk & Tour: Tigermountain Foundation Garden of Tomorrow
(Saturday, October 24, 2015) Sign up to tour the Tigermountain Foundation farm with Darren Chapman and enjoy a look at community gardens in action. From 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at 1823 E Broadway Rd, Phoenix. Please RSVP.
Southwest Regional Climate Fundamentals Academies Workshop
(Tuesday-Wednesday, October 27-28, 2015) Learn from experts about the implications of climate change with a regional focus for the southwest United States. The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) is offering a series of two-day training academies produced and offered in partnership with the Arizona State University School of Sustainability. More information and registration.
Information Session: Building Community Resilience Through Sustainability Planning in the UK and Denmark
(Tuesday, October 27, 2015) Learn more about the summer 2016 Global Sustainability Studies program Building Community Resilience Through Sustainability Planning in the UK and Denmark. From 12:00-1:00 p.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Biodiversity Series: Resilience or Resourcefulness – Which Makes Most Sense for the Anthropocene?
(Wednesday, October 28, 2015) Peter Kareiva, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, University of California-Los Angeles will present Resilience or Resourcefulness – Which Makes Most Sense for the Anthropocene? From 1:30-3:30 p.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University, Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Sustainability Series: A Search for Edward Abbey
(Wednesday, October 28, 2015) Sean Prentiss, Author and Assistant Professor Norwich University will present A Search for Edward Abbey from 7:00-8:15 p.m. at the Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe. More information and RSVP.
Biodiversity Series: 2050: Can We Get to a Sustainable World by Then?
(Thursday, October 29, 2015) Peter Kareiva, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, University of California-Los Angeles will present 2050: Can We Get to a Sustainable World by Then? From 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Marston Theater, ISTB4, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Food Systems Transformation Initiative Workshop: Profitable Small-Scale Farming: Essential Tools & Techniques
(Friday, October 30, 2015) Learn to maximize profits on small farming plots from one of Canada’s most recognized and influential organic growers, Jean-Martin Fortier. During this one-day training, Fortier will provide in-depth instruction on optimizing cropping systems for intensive methods of production. From 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Arizona State University Skysong. More information and registration.
Traditional Knowledge Conversations: Energy: A Perception of Human Culture and History
(Friday, October 30, 2015) Stephanie Rupp, City University of New York-Lehman College will present Energy: A Perception of Human Culture and History from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
LightWorks Series: Energy: A Perception of Human Culture and History
(Friday, October 30, 2015) Stephanie Rupp, City University of New York-Lehman College will present Energy: A Perception of Human Culture and History from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Free Film Screening: Crying Earth Rise Up
(Tuesday, November 3, 2015) When activist Debra White Plume’s drinking water tested high for radiation, she set out to determine the cause. What she discovered alarmed her. Crying Earth Rise Up is an intimate portrait of the human cost of uranium mining and its impacts upon sacred water. This documentary tells a timely story of people fighting to protect land, water, and a way of life. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; showtime 7:00 p.m. at Harkins Valley Art Theater, 509 S Mill Ave, Tempe. More information and RSVP.
Discover Your Leadership Potential - Executive Master of Sustainability Leadership Open House
(Wednesday, November 4, 2015) Are you looking to enhance your leadership skills in order to create impactful transformation for your organization and your career? The Executive Master of Sustainability Leadership, offered by Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability and Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, provides students with the tools and skills to drive organizational change now. From 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Traditions Room, University Club, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
DCDC Water/Climate Briefing: Modeling the Impact of Urban Expansion on Regional Hydroclimate
(Thursday, November 5, 2015) This discussion panel will focus on urban expansion and modeling its impact on regional hydroclimate using advanced modeling tools such as the Weather Research and Forecasting Model. The panel will also discuss the development of urban land-use change scenarios and the societal impact of urban growth on regional hydroclimatic conditions. More information and RSVP.
Global Sustainability Studies Program Information Session
(Tuesday, November 17, 2015) earn about the various Global Sustainability Studies opportunities that will be offered for ASU School of Sustainability students in 2016, including information on scholarships. A light lunch will be served. RSVP.
Assimilating Sustainability into Public Service
(Wednesday, November 18, 2015) Join Colin Tetreault, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and Nicole Darnall, School of Sustainability as they discuss Assimilating Sustainability into Public Service from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in room 102, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the campus. This seminar is a collaboration between Bob Ramsey Executive Education and the School of Sustainability. For more information and registration.
(Monday-Thursday, February 23-25, 2016) The eighth annual GreenBiz defines the trends, challenges and opportunities in sustainable business now. GreenBiz 2016 brings together GreenBiz Group, The Sustainability Consortium, and ASU's Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives. We leverage our vast networks, insights and domain expertise to bring you the brightest thinkers and most influential leaders. You'll get an unparalleled in-depth look at the key challenges and opportunities facing sustainable business today. This annual forum is framed by the annual State of Green Business report, the ninth annual edition of GreenBiz’s acclaimed accounting of key sustainability metrics and trends. The report, combined with the high-wattage stage presentations, workshops and networking opportunities that have become hallmarks of GreenBiz events, makes GreenBiz 2016 an unforgettable event. It will be held at the JW Marriott Camelback Resort, 5402 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85253. Presented in partnership with The Sustainability Consortium and The Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, a unit of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. More information and registration.
School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning Seminar: Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Does Energy Security Trump the Rest?
(Friday, October 23, 2015) Christopher Scott, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and the School of Geography and Development, University of Arizona will present Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Does Energy Security Trump the Rest? From 12:00-1:00 p.m. in room 101, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. For more information.
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Seminar: Engineering Thermal Energy Transport, Conversion, and Storage with Nanostructured and Complex Materials
(Friday, October 23, 2015) Li Shi, University of Texas-Austin will present Engineering Thermal Energy Transport, Conversion, and Storage with Nanostructured and Complex Materials at 1:30 p.m. in room 60, College of Design North, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. Contact Durella.ODonnell@asu.edu for more information.
Social Insect Research Group Seminar: Macronutrient Regulation of the Desert Leafcutter Ant, Acromyrmex versicolor
(Friday, October 23, 2015) Nathan Smith, Arizona State University will present Macronutrient Regulation of the Desert Leafcutter Ant, Acromyrmex versicolor from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in room 401, ISTB1, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Chemical Engineering Seminar: Organs on a Chip: The Future of Personalized Medicine?
(Monday, October 26, 2015) Kevin Healy, University of California-Berkeley will present Organs on a Chip: The Future of Personalized Medicine? At 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium (B105), Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. Contact Durella.ODonnell@asu.edu for more information.
OKED Training for Employees: Introduction to iPAR (Integrated Planning and Reporting)
(Tuesday, October 27, 2015) iPAR (Integrated Planning and Reporting) is OKED's Excel-based integrated system for managing and forecasting Sponsored Projects as well as State, Local and TRIF accounts. iPAR is a tool for a department, individual PI, institute or college to monitor the funds available to them. This overview will help you understand how iPAR works to forecast expenditures and simulate financial changes to your sponsored projects. From 10:00-11:00 a.m. in room 310-10, Centerpoint, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Institute for Humanities Research Humanities at Work Brownbag: Women’s Empowerment: Building Tools to Listen to Refugee Women Resettling in Phoenix
(Tuesday, October 27, 2015) Elenore Long, Arizona State University will present Women's Empowerment: Building Tools to Listen to Refugee Women Resettling in Phoenix at 12:00 p.m. in room 109, Social Sciences Building, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
CSPO EnLIGHeNING Lunch: Sustainable Development: Issues of Techno-optimism, Eco-modernism, and Responsibility
(Wednesday, October 28, 2015) Armin Grunwald, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology will present Sustainable Development: Issues of Techno-optimism, Eco-modernism, and Responsibility from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in room 5536, Coor Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. Sub sandwiches will be served, must RSVP by noon Tuesday, October 27. More information.
What’s the Matter with Energy
(Wednesday, October 28, 2015) Joseph Y. Hui will present a lecture and book signing of his book What’s the Matter with Energy from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in room 210, Schwada Classroom Office Building, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. To purchase a copy go to www.SolarManUniversity.com.
OKED Training for Employees: Outlook - Getting Organized
(Thursday, October 29, 2015) Learn how to manage high email volume efficiently! Drew Brown will discuss tools and several new features in Outlook 2013. Guest presenters and heavy email users Andrea Hom, and Laura Boyd will demonstrate their different systems for managing their email. From 10:00-11:00 a.m. in room 310-10, Centerpoint, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
ASU Wellness: Introduction to Bicycle Maintenance
(Thursday, October 29, 2015) The class will cover the parts of a bicycle, basic bicycle tools, and how to fix a flat tire. It will also go over simple tasks you can do yourself to take care of your bike, from lubricating the chain to adjusting the saddle. From 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Sun Devil Fitness Center, 1st Floor Training Center, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. Please register by October 26.
Institute for Humanities Research: Cognitive Aesthetics: Beauty, The Brain, and Virginia Woolf
(Thursday, October 29, 2015) Patrick Colm Hogan, University of Connecticut will present will present Cognitive Aesthetics: Beauty, The Brain, and Virginia Woolf from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in room 109, Social Sciences Building, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Faculty Women of Color Caucus: Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia
(Thursday, October 29, 2015) Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia (2012) is a must read not only for faculty women of color, but administrators, chairs, graduate students and others. Two leading scholars who contributed to editing this important book, Dr. Carmen G. Gonzales and Dr. Yolanda Flores Niemann, will present some of the key themes and recommendations that have emerged from the experiences and insights of leading women of color scholars. From 5:00-6:30 p.m. in Armstrong Hall/Great Hall, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
Movie Premiere: The Long Alchemy of Becoming
(Friday, October 30, 2015) Spend an evening with the Arizona State University scientists and filmmakers behind a new movie featuring a magical oasis in the Chihuahuan Desert. This short film brings together original poetry, music and cinematography to tell the story of the universe as seen at the intersection of the past and the future. The story unfolds at a cluster of unique and diverse aquatic ecosystems in Cuatro Ciénegas, Mexico. Doors open 6:30 p.m.; show at 7:00 p.m., Marston Exploration Theater, ISTB4, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus.
Farmers Market @ASU
(Tuesday, November 3, 2015) Farmers Market from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on the Student Services Lawn. Enjoy fresh produce, local food and delicious ready-to-eat items. For more information, visit asu.edu/farmersmarket.
Seeking Justice in Arizona Fall Lecture Series: Life Uncuffed: Moving Arizona Forward
(Wednesday, November 4, 2015) Blending her background in communications with her passion for community activism on immigration reform, education policy and voter rights, Julie Erfle is now the executive director of ProgressNow Arizona, where she promotes progressive issues and public policies through earned media and cutting-edge new media strategies. At 4:30 p.m. in room 246 (Coconino), Memorial Union, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. Sponsored by the School of Social Transformation.
The Design School Lecture Series: Aaron Betsky - Stop Making Buildings
(Wednesday, November 4, 2015) Aaron Betsky, Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture will present Stop Making Buildings at 6:00 p.m. in room 60, Design North, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
OKED Events for ASU Faculty: The Wonder Years - Professors and Proposals @ 1, 5 and 10 Years
(Wednesday, November 18, 2015) This event will feature ASU faculty and administrators from various disciplines with experience developing proposals at various stages in their careers. This panel will present a meaningful discussion to strategize how faculty can best move their research portfolio to the next level. Visit ResearchAcademy.asu.edu for registration information including times and locations.
Desert Cities Symposium Keynote: Walkable Diversity in Future Desert Cities
(Thursday, November 19, 2015) Emily Talen, Arizona State University will present Walkable Diversity in Future Desert Cities at 5:30 p.m. in room 109, Social Sciences Building, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and RSVP.
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.
OKED Events for ASU Faculty: OKED Workshop for Faculty
(Friday, January 22, 2016) Learn more about services to help advance your research. Institute and Initiative leaders will be available to help you discover collaborative research opportunities. Faculty experts will share their success stories and will help you network with colleagues from across the university. OKED representatives will be available to answer any questions you have on the research administration process. Visit ResearchAcademy.asu.edu for registration information including times and locations.
Air and Waste Management Association Meeting
(Friday, October 23, 2015) The Air and Waste Management Association - Grand Canyon Section will be hosting a lunch meeting at 11:30 a.m. Rich Baldauf and Vlad Isakov from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development will be presenting their work on the "Influence of Solid Noise Barriers on Near-Road and On-Road Air Quality", which included a field study along Interstate-17 in Phoenix, Arizona. The meeting will be at Amec Foster Wheeler, 4600 E Washington, Ste 600 (by the 44th Street/Washington Light Rail stop). Guest parking is available in the parking structure to the north of the building. Sandwiches and soft drinks will be provided by AWMA. ($15 member/$20 non-member) RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon, October 21.
McDowell Sonoran Preserve Research Symposium
(Saturday, October 24, 2015) Join the McDowell Sonoran Field Institute and Scottsdale Community College for the inaugural McDowell Sonoran Preserve Research Symposium. It will bring together researchers, students, citizens, and community leaders to share and learn about the scientific and historical research that has been conducted within Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve and other Phoenix Area Parks. The purpose is to promote awareness among scientists, students and citizens of the research being undertaken on the Preserve and surrounding Sonoran Desert, encourage networking, and trigger new research and collaborations that benefit the Preserve, parks, and natural spaces within the Greater Phoenix area. Registration is required and space is limited. Registration ($10 for students and $20 for all others) covers refreshments on Saturday as well as Sunday activities. To register, go to www.mcdowellsonoran.org and find link under "Latest News". For more information, or to inquire about scholarships, contact email@example.com.
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.
Environmental Protection Agency Webinar: Nutrient Modeling: Part 2
(Tuesday, October 27, 2015) This webinar will continue with the discussion of modeling nutrients in the aquatic environment. The webinar will focus on case studies and potential nutrient endpoints that can be used in rivers, lakes/reservoirs and estuaries. The potential models and modeling approaches will be presented for each waterbody type. At 1:00 p.m. ET (10:00 MT). Registration.
Act on Climate Arizona: Our Moral Obligation
(Saturday, November 7, 2015) Please join our diverse group of faith-based and environmental organizations, social justice advocates, business owners, and academic and municipal leaders to send an urgent message in preparation of the Paris Climate Talks to ACT ON CLIMATE. From 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Downtown Phoenix Civic Space, 424 N Central Ave, Phoenix. More information.
Green Planet Festival 2015
(Saturday, November 7, 2015) The Green Planet Festival is to connect eco-conscious consumers with environmentally sustainable companies, ideas and services, and inspire change in the community and lifestyle of its constituents. From 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center, 33 S. 3rd St., Phoenix. More information.
Commemorative Air Force: Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans
(Sunday, November 8, 2015) On the 40th anniversary of the end of the War in Vietnam, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will hold a 'Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans' event at its flagship CAF Airbase located at Falcon Field in Mesa from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features speakers and displays. Free admission is offered to any veteran showing a valid DD-214 discharge. The general public is encouraged to attend. General admission includes access to all of the programs, aircraft exhibits and museum for the day and is rated by TripAdvisor as one of the top-rated things to do in the area. General admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $5 for children 5 to 12 years old. Military in uniform and children under five are free. More information.
Valley Permaculture Alliance: Tour de Coops
(Saturday, November 14, 2015) Tour de Coops is a community tour and fundraising event showcasing backyard hen houses and sustainable gardening practices in an urban setting. All Tour-goers MUST check-in at event Headquarters to Tour. Headquarters located at 2225 N 16th St, just north of McDowell. From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. More information.
International Dark-Sky Association 26th Annual General Meeting
(Saturday-Sunday, November 14-15, 2015) This year’s conference theme is “One Coin ~ Two Sides: Impacts of Light Pollution to Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Mitigating Role of Emerging Lighting Technologies,” and is a must-attend event for anyone concerned about the ecological impacts of artificial light at night. It will be held at the Embassy Suites, Phoenix AZ. Cosponsored by the Central Arizona–Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research program, Arizona State University. 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.
AZ Interfaith Power and Light Film Screening: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. Climate
(Tuesday, November 17, 2015) A look at seven communities around the world with the proposition that we can seize the crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better. Film at 7:30 p.m. at the Studio Movie Grill, 15515 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale. More information and tickets.
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.
Desert Cities Symposium
(Saturday, November 20, 2015) How do we imagine the desert and desert cities? How will desert cities of the future deal with movement, migration, mobility, and transience? What will the desert city of 2050 look like? Join Arizona State University environmental humanists as they grapple with these questions in the heart of a desert metropolis. From 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Graduate Hotel, Tempe. More information and RSVP.
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.
Hawaii to host IUCN World Conservation Congress in 2016
The International Union for Conservation of Nature Council has selected Hawaii as the host of the September 1-10, 2016, IUCN World Conservation Congress – the world’s largest conservation event. Held every four years, the congress brings together leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, business, U.N. agencies, and indigenous and grass-roots organizations to discuss and decide on solutions to the world’s most pressing environment and development challenges. This is the first time the congress has been held in the U.S. Read more.
UH-Hilo and ASU partner on sustainability energy certificate
Affordable energy is vital for a community to thrive, and the proposed merger of NextEra Energy Inc. and Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. is on everyone’s mind in Hawai’i. Kris Mayes, founding faculty director of the Program on Law and Sustainability at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, is providing support to the County of Hawai'i in research and analysis related to the proposed acquisition. Read more.
Hawai'i teachers participate in national sustainability academy
Kamehameha Schools teachers Rod Floro and Brendan Courtot hope to empower Hawai’i’s youth through culture and sustainability. Floro, a sixth-grade science teacher, and Courtot, a vocational technology and applied math teacher, were selected through a competitive application process to participate in the first ever National Sustainability Teachers’ Academy in June 2015 at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Read more.
ASU Wrigley Institute launches climate change story video contest
In recognition of Global Climate Change Week during Campus Sustainability Month, the ASU Wrigley Institute has launched the Climate Story Video Contest. The contest invites ASU students to examine how the changing climate has affected their lives and how they feel about it in a video of three minutes or less. Read more.
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Online E-Waste Recycling Kit
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality recycling, border environmental protection, and outreach and communications staff, working with Keep Arizona Beautiful, Sustainable Electronics Recycling International, and eGreen IT Solutions created an E-Waste Recycling Event Toolkit. The toolkit provides best practices, marketing materials, contacts, and other educational materials about e-waste disposal. ADEQ's primary target audience for the toolkit is municipalities, tribes, and non-profits in Arizona but, with the use of the toolkit, even community members without any experience can organize an effective e-waste event. Read more.
UGEC Viewpoints: The effectiveness of early warning systems in the management of urban flooding in Nigeria
Nigeria is a disaster-prone country. The frequency and intensity of disasters arising from extreme weather events, especially floods, have increased significantly in recent years. In the last five years, Nigeria has been affected by several extreme flood events, which have resulted in devastation and economic damages worth billions of dollars. The National Emergency Management Agency disclosed that the comprehensive Post Disaster Needs Assessment conducted from November 2012 to March 2013 put the estimated combined value of damages and losses resulting from the 2012 flood disaster at $16.9bn. The disaster, which resulted in 363 deaths, affected seven million people, displaced 2.3 million others and damaged 597,476 houses. Read more.
UGEC Viewpoints: Resilience & cities: Critical thoughts on an emerging paradigm
The issue of cities and resilience has grown increasingly more animated in urban policy and academic debates. The term has been used to inform political rhetoric as well as a heuristic and operational tool and as a concept within the social sciences. Progressively embedded into the wider torrential flow of academic and policy-oriented discussions on climate change and global environmental change, the term ‘resilient cities’ played, for instance, a central role in last year’s 7th World Urban Forum in Medellín, Colombia. Read more.
Zócalo Public Square: Will the Refugee Crisis be Europe’s Defining Moment?
Zócalo Public Square has compiled several articles concerning the refugee crisis in Europe of the millions fleeing conflicts in their countries. Read more.
Providing chronic pain relief without the pills
Nicole Zeig still vividly remembers how it felt the first time she took a prescription painkiller. The racing thoughts she always had were silenced, and there was a sense of peace and serenity she had never felt before. “It was amazing,” she said. “It was like falling in love.” Read more.
Electronics that better mimic natural light promise more vivid, healthy illumination
Despite technological leaps in modern electronics, the quality of lighting they provide still leaves much room for improvement. A collaborative team — led by Jian Li, an associate professor of materials science and engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University — aims to change that. Read more.
Elephants provide big clue in fight against cancer
Carlo Maley spends his time pondering pachyderms — and cactuses and whales, and a wide array of non-human species — all in pursuit of the answer to this question: Why do some life forms get cancer while others do not? Read more.
Teach for America Taking Applications!
Every child deserves a mind-blowing education. Through Teach For America, you can use your leadership to create a new generation of diverse, intelligent, and thoughtful leaders. Here's how it works. This year, we have 49 Sun Devils are current corps members that are teaching in 52 regions across the country, while nearly 42,000 Teach For America alumni continue to work from inside and outside the field of education to make an excellent education a reality for all. Every child deserves the chance to be a Sun Devil. Start an application today. If you are interested in learning more, please contact the Teach For America and Arizona State University Alum, Veronica.Aguilar@teachforamerica.org and/or sign up on her calendar to chat about this opportunity!
Arizona Town Hall Video Contest
Arizona Town Hall is pleased to announce the AZ Water Association has launched a video contest about the importance of water. The contest will culminate with viewing of the top three videos and the award of cash prizes during the Tuesday, November 17 lunch program at the 107th Town Hall "Keeping Arizona's Water Glass Full." The contest invites submission of short videos (no more than two minutes in length) that tell the story of why water is important to you, or what you are doing in recognition of water's importance. Submissions must be posted to the AZ Water Association's Facebook page at http://fb.me/azwaterassociation by midnight MST on November 6, 2015. Official rules and submission details, as well as helpful links to substantive information, are available on AZ Water Association's site at http://www.azwater.org/contest.
WRRC Invites Proposals for Research Grants under the Water Resources Research Act
The University of Arizona's Water Resources Research Center invites proposals for research grants under the Water Resources Research Act, Section 104(b). Funded by the U.S. Geological Survey, the Section 104(b) program provides support for research projects on water-related issues of importance to the state and region. This year the WRRC expects to award three (3) grants of approximately $10,000. Projects are funded for 12 months. Funded projects start March 1, 2016, contingent on federal budget approval. The WRRC directs 104(b) grant funds to a wide variety of research projects. Faculty members at the three Arizona state universities may submit proposals. Researchers in the social, biological, physical and engineering sciences, as well as such fields as water management, water law, economics and public health are invited to apply. Proposals should address WRRA Section 104(b) program goals, including exploration of new ideas to address water problems in Arizona and expand understanding of water and related phenomena. WRRA Section 104(b) research should foster improvements in water supply: addressing issues of water yield and water reliability, water quality, treatment, infrastructure, and assessment of management practices. Proposals should also align with USGS strategic goals for water research as described in Strategic Directions for U.S. Geological Survey Water Science, 2012-2022-Observing, Understanding, Predicting, and Delivering Water Science to the Nation at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2012/1066/. Primary program goals are to foster the entry of new research scientists, engineers and technicians in the water resources field and to educate students through significant involvement in water research. Proposals that address these goals, in addition to meeting criteria for technical merit, will be given preference. Proposals must be submitted electronically via the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) web site. In addition, 12 hard copies must be submitted to the WRRC. Proposal guidelines are available on the WRRC web site: https://wrrc.arizona.edu/programs/grant-proposal-guidelines. Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 18, 2015. The WRRC will convene a review committee to evaluate proposals on technical merit and contribution to program goals. The WRRC decision to fund projects will be based on this input and available funding. For questions contact: Susanna Eden, PhD, Assistant Director, Water Resources Research Center, The University of Arizona, 350 N. Campbell Ave, Tucson, Arizona 85719; WRRC: 520-621-9591; Direct: 520-621-5670; FAX: 520-792-8518.
Clinton Global Initiative University 2016
President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will host the ninth annual CGI U meeting from April 1-3, 2016 at the University of California, Berkeley in the San Francisco Bay Area. More than $750,000 in funding will be available to select CGI U 2016 students through the University Network and other opportunities to help them turn their ideas into action. Students must be 18 years of age or older and enrolled in an institution of higher education at the time of the CGI U meeting in order to apply. To be considered for admission, all applicants are required to design a Commitment to Action in one of CGI U's five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. Early Decision and Travel Assistance application deadline: October 16, 2015. Final application deadline: December 1, 2015. All invited attendees will be notified by late December 2015. For more information and application.
2016 Climate Fiction Short Story Contest
Speculative fiction stories have the power to take abstract policy debates and obscure jargon and turn them into gripping, visceral tales. The emerging subgenre of climate fiction, epitomized by novels like Margaret Atwood’s Maddaddam Trilogy, helps us imagine possible futures shaped by climate change. The Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative and the College for Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University are proud to announce the 2016 Climate Fiction Short Story Contest. The contest will be judged by science fiction legend Kim Stanley Robinson, award-winning author of many foundational works in climate fiction, along with other climate fiction experts from ASU. The grand-prize winner will be awarded $1000, with three additional finalists receiving book bundles signed by award-winning climate fiction author Paolo Bacigalupi. A collection of the best submissions will be published in a forthcoming online anthology, and considered for publication in the journal Issues in Science and Technology. The deadline for submission is January 15, 2016. For more information and how to submit.
Arizona Department of Water Resource Drought Program
September 2015 drought summary is online.
July Southwest Climate Outlook
The July 2015 Southwest Climate Outlook is online.
CLIMAS Podcast: July 2015 – The Monsoon Edition
Director, Marketing, Communications and Development,The Sustainability Consortium
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Global Sustainability Studies Program Manager
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Deputy Director, National Water Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Application deadline October 27, 2015. More information.
Tenure-Track Faculty, Schatz Energy Research Center, Humboldt State University
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Business Analyst, Advanced Energy Solutions, SoCore Energy, Chicago, IL
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Postdoctoral Research Associate, Environment and Society, Brown University
Application deadline November 1, 2015. More information.
Freshwater Biologist, Biology Department, Missouri State University
Application deadline November 3, 2015. More information.
Assistant, Associate or Full Scientist/Curator, California Academy of Science
Several positions. Application deadline November 1, 2015. More information.
Hazardous Waste Managing Supervisor, King County, Washington
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Assistant Professor, Remote Sensing, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Boston University
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Assistant Professor, Sustainability Science, Montclair University
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Assistant Professor, Urban Ecology, School of Architecture, University of Texas-Austin
Application deadline November 15, 2015. More information.
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Human Dimensions of Global Change, Boston University
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Executive Director, Arizona Municipal Water Users Association
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Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of North Carolina-Asheville
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Full-time Faculty Position in Science, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Application deadline November 20, 2015. More information.
Postdoctoral Fellowships, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center and Long-Term Ecological Research Program
Application deadline December 7, 2015. More information.
Household Hazardous Waste Technician, City of Tucson
Transportation Program Manager, Smart Growth America
Research Analyst, Smart Growth America
Outreach Associate, Transportation for America
Director for Environmental Services, Portland State University
Coordinator of Sustainability Education, Central College, Pella, Iowa
Research Professor-Open Rank, Ecosystem Services, Idaho State University