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The last Digest of 2015 will be December 11 and it will resume January 8, 2016.
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Other Events - On Campus
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News and Announcements
School of Sustainability Garden Maintenance Day
(Saturday, December 12, 2015) Bring your family and friends on over to the Escalante Community Garden for a beautiful morning of gardening maintenance and harvesting produce. From 9:00-11:00 a.m. at 2150 E Orange St, Tempe. More information and RSVP.
School of Sustainability Fall Convocation 2015
(Tuesday, December 15, 2015) The fall 2015 graduation ceremony for the School of Sustainability will be held at the Evelyn Smith Music Theater. At 11:00 a.m. in the Evelyn Smith Music Theater, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
(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.
Materials Science and Engineering Seminar: Towards Voxel-Based Metal-Polymer Hybrid Materials: 3D Printing of Fully-Dense Metals at Room Temperature
(Friday, December 4, 2015) Keng Hsu, Polytechnic School of Engineering Program, Arizona State University will present Towards Voxel-Based Metal-Polymer Hybrid Materials: 3D Printing of Fully-Dense Metals at Room Temperature at 1:30 p.m. in room 210, Schwada Classroom Office Building, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. For more information contact Durella.ODonnell@asu.edu.
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Seminar: Investigation of a Guided Projectile Structural Failure
(Friday, December 4, 2015) Bill Zwick, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will present Investigation of a Guided Projectile Structural Failure at 1:30 p.m. in room 60, College Design North, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. For more information contact Durella.ODonnell@asu.edu.
Social Insect Research Group Seminar: Mathematical Modeling of Social Insects
(Friday, December 4, 2015) Yun Kang, Arizona State University will present Mathematical Modeling of Social Insects from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in room 401, ISTB1, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Coffee@Beyond Event: The Search for Habitable and Inhabitable Exoplanets
(Monday, December 7, 2015) Evgenya Shkolnik, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University will present The Search for Habitable and Inhabitable Exoplanets from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Auditorium (B105), Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. For more information visit beyond.asu.edu.
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.
Citizens' Climate Lobby meeting and Conference Call
(Saturday, December 5, 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 meets at 10:00am 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. With the COP21 conference going on in Paris this week, it is an exciting time for CCL. Please join us. For more information, visit http://citizensclimatelobby.org or e-mail email@example.com.
GreenBiz Webcast: Corporate Sustainability Reaches Middle Age
(Tuesday, December 8, 2015) Join us for a discussion about how the role of corporate sustainability continues to evolve. During this webcast, you’ll learn: How the attitudes of in the C-Suite (CEO, COO) and the CSO community differ from those of the CSO regarding the overall benefits of sustainability; indicators that identify a clear divide between companies that place a lower emphasis on sustainability vs. those that place a higher emphasis; and the outcomes that create competitive advantage in terms of greater corporate valuation, improved company image and brand equity. Sponsored by Siemens. At 1:00 p.m. ET. More information and registration.
GreenBiz Webcast: Why Tackling Climate Change is Good for Business
(December 15, 2015) The United Nations conference on climate change, known as COP21, is prompting new soul-searching among global business leaders. The big question for self-reflection is not only to know if your organization is contributing enough to tackling climate change, but also: how can businesses transform an apparent constraint into a source of competitive advantage and a business opportunity? The webcast will address these issues. To be at 1:00 p.m. ET. For more information and registration.
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.
UGEC Viewpoints: Urbanization and infections: Hidden links to rural settings
When the Ebola virus struck Guinea in late 2013, it quietly went on to surpass the infection toll of all other Ebola outbreaks combined. It did this by becoming, for the first time in history, an urban epidemic. It moved from a rural village of Guéckédou to the town of Dabola to the capital city of Conakry via a man who was travelling for business. He died shortly after falling ill, at which point his family took his body to his home village of Watagala. Within a matter of days, the disease was on the move. Ultimately, the outbreak, which continues in Guinea, has to date resulted in over 28,600 cases– more than 60 times higher than the number of cases in the previous largest known Ebola outbreak. Read more.
COP21 decoded: A glossary for the Paris climate talks (from GreenBiz.com)
Two days into the COP21 Paris climate talks, and there has been no shortage of presidential speeches, big-dollar financial commitments and haggling over policy proposals. Unless you're a real climate change wonk, however, it can be tough to understand what's actually going on. Read more.
Understand COP21 in these 7 graphics (from GreenBiz.com)
Wednesday marked the third day of COP21, a key milestone in the global effort to combat climate change. For the next two weeks, representatives from more than 190 countries will work towards creating a legally binding and universal agreement that spells out how countries will cooperate on climate change for decades to come. A strong Paris agreement can send the signal to the world that the global transformation to a climate-resilient, zero-carbon economy is underway. Read more.
Jewels of the Earth: Tallying the last pure places
Tucked away on the far western end of Haiti’s southern peninsula lies the remote Massif de la Hotte mountain range. It's where you’ll find the last stands of Haiti’s cloud forest. In there live rare and beautiful creatures like the Hispaniolan giant tree frog, which looks like a large clump of moss with brimming eyes. The blunt-headed green tree snake also resides there. It’s pencil-thin, with enormous eyes and forms a silly grin when it’s agitated. Read more.
The feds must start to value natural capital — what's next? (From GreenBiz.com)
In early October, the administration of President Barack Obama issued a memorandum instructing all federal agencies to incorporate ecosystem services and natural infrastructure into its development processes. The memorandum recognizes that nature provides vital contributions to economic and social well-being that are often not traded in markets or fully considered in decisions, and it builds on efforts to internalize externalities, as economists put it, by making those value explicit. Read more.
Call for Submissions: Contested Terrains: Cities and the Possibilities for Transitions to Just Sustainabilities co-edited by Phoebe Godfrey and Carol Atkinson-Palombo
This is a call for submissions to a co-edited volume currently titled: "Contested Terrains: Cities and the Possibilities for Transitions to Just Sustainabilities". This volume is potentially slated to be part of a book series on Equity, Justice, and the Sustainable City published by Routledge and co-edited by Julian Agyeman and Stephen Zavestoski. The central premise of "Contested Terrains" is that the uncertain environmental and social dynamics generated by anthropogenic climate change have disrupted and will continue to disrupt power relations along national, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic lines, and that the resultant contestations that emerge will be especially pronounced in urban areas. We posit that global climate change will heighten the conflicts that already exist in our highly stratified world and generate new contestations about how, and whether or not, transitions to sustainability will occur. This volume seeks to present scholarly works by authors who engage with a complex, intersectional and integrated analysis of the various conflicts associated with attempts by urban agents around the world to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The volume will comprise four parts: Theory, Barriers, Opportunities and Visions. These parts will act as overlapping lenses through which contributors will address the volume's key questions. Abstracts of 300 words maximum should be emailed to co-editors, Phoebe Godfrey and Carol Atkinson-Palombo at the following addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com no later than January 5th 2016. Please also contact them for more details on topics.
Tapping into Nature: Wising up to water innovation (from GreenBiz.com)
Water, which is essential to life, is also essential to many industrial processes, systems and energy technologies. Its presence or absence affects the energy demands of buildings, the growth and processing of agricultural products, the corrosion or fouling of materials, and the health of human populations. Read more.
Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program, University of Washington
The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at University of Washington is getting ready to recruit students for next summer. The goal of this two-year conservation immersion program is to broaden participation within conservation, and diversify what it means to be a "conservation professional." The program is looking for 20 freshmen and sophomores to join for an 8-week immersion course this summer. The program starts in Seattle and travels to various ExUrban (wildlands and rural) landscapes in Washington addressing urban conservation issues. Scholars don't have to be environmental science, or even science, majors, but should demonstrate a commitment to the environment and to diversity, and be curious, creative and enthusiastic - incipient change-makers. Because the program is geared for students early in their college careers, we are only able to take freshmen and sophomores. You can learn more about the program at www.uwconservationscholars.org The application process will begin November 16, 2015 and end January 29, 2016.
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
October 2015 drought summary is online.
November Southwest Climate Outlook
The November 2015 Southwest Climate Outlook is online.
CLIMAS Podcast: July 2015 – The Monsoon Edition
K-12 Sustainability Education Program Coordinator, Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiative
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 18647BR.
Project Manager, Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiative
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 18483BR.
Postdoctoral Fellowships, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center and Long-Term Ecological Research Program
Application deadline December 7, 2015. More information.
Program Analyst, Urban Sustainability Administration, Department of Energy and Environment
Application deadline December 9, 2015. More information.
Administrative Specialist (Sustainability Coordinator), City of Cincinnati, Ohio
Application deadline December 10, 2015. More information.
Arizona Water Program Lead, The Nature Conservancy in Arizona, Phoenix
Application deadline December 10, 2015. More information - search for job #43693.
Sun Devil Dining (Aramark), Sustainability Intern (Spring 2016)
The 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 as well as support in expanding new and existing sustainability practices. Application deadline: December 11, 2015. Hourly Rate: $8.25/hour; Hours: Approximately 16-29 hours per week; Dates: January-May 2016. See Sun Devil Dining's Sustainability page for more details: http://sundevildining.asu.edu/sustainability. Contact, Krista Hicks (Hicks-Krista@aramark.com).
Lecturers/Senior Lecturers, Human Geography, University of Birmingham, UK
Application deadline December 17, 2015. More information.
SolarCorps Tribal Program Fellow, Denver, Colorado
Application deadline December 18, 2015. More information.
Postdoctoral Position, Gibbs Land Use and Environment Group, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Application deadline December 20, 2015. More information.
Postdoctoral Position, Wine, Biodiversity & Climate Change Program, Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity, Chile
Application deadline December 31, 2015. More information.
Assistant Professor, Human-Environment Interactions, Department of Geosciences, Florida Atlantic University
Review of applications begins January 15, 2016. More information - position ID 01003326.
Postdoctoral Position, College of Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota
Application deadline February 1, 2016. More information.
Postdoctoral Position at Global Security Sciences Division, Argonne Laboratories
Requisition number 400355. 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