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This is the last Digest of 2015; it will resume January 8, 2016. Happy Holidays!!
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Other Events - On Campus
Other Events - Off Campus
News and Announcements
11. Seeing science
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 Escalante Community Garden, 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.
CAP LTER Eighteenth Annual All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium
(Friday, January 15, 2016) Join the Central Arizona–Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research project for our annual all scientists meeting and poster symposium. Our featured keynote speaker will be Peter Groffman, Professor, City University of New York Advanced Research Center and Brooklyn College who will present Baltimore, Phoenix and the Emergence of Long-Term Ecological Research in Cities. From 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Skysong, 1475 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. For more information and RSVP.
(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.
Center for Evolution & Medicine Seminar: Deciphered Gorilla Y Chromosome Shows Strong Conservation with Human But Not With Chimpanzee
(January 11, 2016) Kateryna Mokova, Pennsylvania State University will present Deciphered Gorilla Y Chromosome Shows Strong Conservation with Human But Not With Chimpanzee from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in room E244, Life Sciences Center, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Jumpstarting STEM Careers Conference
(Friday, January 15, 2016) Leading STEAM Professionals from organizations such as NIH, Google, Henkel, NASA, Intel and ASU, will describe achievements in their fields and how students can pursue a similar career. Students are invited to present posters for cash awards. From 8:00-5:00 p.m. in the Carson Ballroom, Old Main, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Campus Harvest of Seville Sour Oranges
(Friday-Sunday, February 5-7, 2016) ASU has partnered with Sun Devil Dining to harvest 10,000 pounds of Seville sour oranges from our Tempe campus and have it juiced, bottled and stored at the Sun Orchard (http://sunorchard.com/) facility for use in delicious recipes at Sun Devil Dining kitchens on all four campuses. Spend two hours outdoors picking and sorting fragrant oranges on the Arizona State University Tempe campus. Sign up.
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.
City of Scottsdale Green Building Lecture Series: New Year Resolutions: Green Home Care
(Thursday, January 7, 2016) The removal of dust, allergens, and infectious agents is crucial to maintaining a healthful indoor environment, but cleaning products can present several health and environmental concerns. Come hear about safe and environmental-minded options for indoor and outdoor home care from local suppliers and service companies. From 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Rd, Scottsdale. For more information.
Phoenix Ag Club Annual Tour
(Tuesday, January 19, 2015) The Phoenix Agricultural Club will tour the Fort McDowell specialty crops and learn about soil and water management. From 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. beginning at Fort McDowell Casino. 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.
Media seeks ASU expertise on Paris climate talks
Eight ASU sustainability experts were in attendance at the 2015 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Paris, France, Nov. 30 through Dec. 11. With expertise ranging from international law to ecology to ideology, policy and equity, Arizona State University was well represented in the media. Read more.
UGEC Viewpoints, ASU Edition: Designing cooler infrastructure: Integrating performance for urban sustainability
Urban design professionals suffer from two interconnected design problems related to reducing urban heat islands: incomplete human-scale knowledge and lack of metrics to measure design outcomes. Even though urban design is only one part of a continuous cycle of land management, designers are key authors of our urban climate. Designs, once constructed, lock landscapes into certain urban climate trajectories, some hotter than others. Increasingly cities’ incentivize or require designers to include cool infrastructure strategies at the site and urban design scale (human scale). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s categorizes these cooling strategies as cool roofs, green roofs, trees and vegetation, cool pavements, and smart growth. These strategies are designed to reduce urban heat, some probably do, but others may actually enhance urban heat in cities because our knowledge of human scale heating processes is incomplete. Read more.
The future of our place in space
We are specks, floating in a black void. And that black void is where we’re headed, to work, play, explore and learn. That was the theme of a talk at ASU Gammage by Bill Nye, science educator, CEO of the Planetary Society and host of the popular TV show “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” Read more.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words — something that can be especially handy when talking about science. ASU researchers used the power of high resolution photography to share their work through a photo contest called Seeing Science, presented by ASU’s Biodesign Institute. See the great shots!
New book "Sustainability Science - An Introduction"
Co-edited by Arnim Wiek, Associate Professor at the School of Sustainability and Senior Sustainability Scientist, with many contributions from ASU faculty. This textbook provides a comprehensive compilation of conceptual perspectives, methodological approaches and empirical insights of inter- and transdisciplinary sustainability science. Written by an international team of authors from leading sustainability institutions, the textbook covers key perspectives and topics of the scientific discourse on sustainable development. The textbook aims at fostering the further establishment of sustainability science in higher education and to enable the next generation of sustainability experts to tackle the challenging and exciting topic of sustainable development. More information.
Ford, GM, Nissan shift water conservation into next gear (from GreenBiz.com)
For the first four years of its existence, the Department of Energy’s Better Plants program focused almost exclusively on encouraging industrial manufacturers to reduce energy intensity by an ambitious 25 percent. Many are recording annual average improvements of 2.1 percent, according to the DoE’s latest progress report issued in September. 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: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org no later than January 5, 2016. Please also contact them for more details on topics.
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: November 2015 – The Hunt for Wet October
Postdoctoral Fellowships in Urban Resilience to Weather-Related Extreme Events (URExSRN)
Program Manager, Sustainability Solutions Learning Projects
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 18795BR.
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.
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.
Project Lead, Indigenous Community Facilitator Network
Application deadline December 18, 2015. More information.
Hazardous Waste Compliance Officer (2 positions), Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
Application deadline December 18, 2015. More information job ID 20169.
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.
Energy/Water Conservation Coordinator, City of Mesa
Application deadline December 25, 2015. More information search for job title.
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.
EERE Science and Technology Policy Postdoctoral Fellowships
Cluster Hire Sustainability Studies and Global Environmental Equity Faculty Positions and Environmental Program Direction, University of Vermont
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