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Other Events - On Campus
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News and Announcements
Sustainability Series: The Future of Green Technologies
(Friday, December 9, 2016) Deborah Strumsky, Arizona State University-Santa Fe Institute Center for Biosocial Complex Systems will present The Future of Green Technologies from 9:00-10:15 a.m. in room 481, Wrigley Hall, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information and registration.
School of Sustainability Community Garden Maintenance & Harvest
(Saturday, December 10, 2016) Interested in gardening? Want a way to contribute to your community? Interested in meeting fun, sustainability-oriented people? Then join us for the School of Sustainability Monthly Community Garden Harvest Day! From 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Escalante Community Garden, 2150 E. Orange St, Tempe. More information and registration.
School of Sustainability Convocation
(Tuesday, December 13, 2016) The fall 2016 graduation ceremony for the School of Sustainability will be held at the Evelyn Smith Music Theater, Music Building. Tickets are required. More graduation information.
Security & Sustainability Forum Webinar: Restoring the Carbon Budget - Session 1: The Budget Imperative
(Thursday, December 15, 2016) Join Arizona State University’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and the Security and Sustainability Forum in the first of a three-part series where leading experts will address the research, policies, economics and accountability needed to "Restore the Carbon Budget". From 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. MST. More information and registration.
The Center for Biodiversity Outcomes’ Open House Reception
(Thursday, December 15, 2016) The Center for Biodiversity Outcomes invites you to an open house reception to celebrate our new space in the School of Life Sciences, Wing A, Room 351, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. Please join us for light refreshments, good company and the opportunity to earn a biodiversity-related prize! More information and registration.
Frontiers of Modern Microbiology Seminar Series: Anaerobic Microbes for Unique Solutions to Environmental Problems
(Friday, December 9, 2016) Perry L. McCarty, Stanford University will present Anaerobic Microbes for Unique Solutions to Environmental Problems from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in room B105 (auditorium), Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
Social Insect Research Group Seminar: Collective Behavior in House-Hunting Ants and Homing Pigeons
(Friday, December 9, 2016) Takao Sasaki, University of Oxford will present Collective Behavior in House-Hunting Ants and Homing Pigeons from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in room 401, ISTB1, Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. More information.
The Spirit of the Hive – Mechanisms of Social Evolution
(Monday-Tuesday, December 12-13, 2016) The School of Life Sciences invites you to participate in an exclusive two-day symposium to honor the academic achievements of Professor Robert E. Page, Jr. We hope you can join us to make this a great celebration! More information and registration.
Simple Solutions Summit
(Saturday, December 10, 2016) Join Green Living magazine for the first Simple Solutions Summit. They are partnering with the VerdeXchange Arizona conference (December 7-9), which brings together top CEOs and thought leaders from around the globe. Increase your knowledge and awareness about Arizona’s current air quality initiatives, education, energy, food, waste and water directives from our panel of local experts. The conferences will be held at the Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes, 2000 W. Westcourt Way, Tempe, AZ 85282. More information and tickets.
AZ Fashion Headquarters Grand Opening
(Saturday, December 10, 2016) Come participate in the grand opening of the fashion headquarters of Arizona! This innovative space will be a business incubator, production facility and educational resource for local visionaries and entrepreneurs. This incubator will take fashion from beginning to end, including everything from business consulting to design services to apparel manufacturing. From 6:00-10:00 p.m. at 132 E. 6th St, Tempe, AZ. More information and tickets.
GreenBiz Webcast: What Sustainability Executives Need to Know About Microgrids
(Tuesday, December 13, 2016) This one-hour webcast provides a primer on microgrids for sustainability executives — from companies, universities and municipalities — to give you the tools and knowledge to assess when a microgrid is the right solution for your organization. From 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. More information and registration.
Desert Terrior: Exploring the Unique Flavors and Sundry Places of the Borderlands
(Tuesday, January 17, 2017) Explore the Borderlands during a thrilling evening with renowned author Gary Paul Nabhan and discover why food tastes better when we know the science, history and culture behind it. From 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Desert Botanical Gardens, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ. For more information and tickets.
2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit
(Monday-Friday, February 13-15, 2017) The 2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit is a significant moment and turning point for Second Nature and the Climate Leadership Network. We’ll reflect on 10 years of bold climate leadership by higher education institutions, and anticipate the future of the Network and the sustainability movement. The 2017 Summit is designed for campus sustainability teams, including specialized content for presidents, faculty, and staff. They are also seeking proposals for presentations, sessions, and workshops. The event will be held at Tempe Mission Palms, 60 E. Fifth St, Tempe. More information.
(Tuesday-Thursday, February 14-16, 2017) Sustainability leaders from the world’s largest companies gather each year at the GreenBiz forum to explore pressing challenges and emerging opportunities in sustainable business. The event offers a rich blend of presentations, workshops and networking opportunities framed by the State of Green Business report, GreenBiz Group’s award-winning annual research and analysis of key sustainability metrics and trends. Attendees return from GreenBiz both inspired by what’s possible and ready to tackle their organization’s greatest sustainability challenges. GreenBiz is produced in collaboration with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. To be held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge, 5350 Marriott Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85054. More information and registration.
Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference 2017
(Sunday-Monday, March 26-27, 2017) The Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference 2017 aims to be the best participant-driven conference you can attend. We challenge you to embed community building methods and facilitation into your presentations, workshops, and interactions with each other. Let’s transition from PowerPoint and unleash our collaborative selves with World Cafés and Appreciative Inquiry, using our gathered brain trust to find solutions to collective challenges. This year we will envision new possibilities, expand our communities and learn through experimentation as we advance the goal of thriving people, places and planet. At the University of Maryland, College Park. More information.
Second International Conference on Tourism & Leisure Studies
(Thursday-Friday, April 6-7, 2017) The Second International Conference on Tourism & Leisure Studies will feature plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field. Each year the International Conference on Tourism & Leisure Studies draws a diverse group of participants from all over the world. Our Program Development team draws on this diversity to craft a rich and distinctive conference experience. It will be held at the University of British Columbia, Robson Square, Vancouver, Canada. More information.
Engineering Sustainability 2017: Innovation and the Triple Bottom Line
(Sunday-Tuesday, April 9-11, 2017) This focused conference will bring together engineers and scientists from academia, government, industry, and nonprofits to share results of cutting-edge research and practice directed at development of environmentally sustainable buildings and infrastructure. At the Westin Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. More information.
Ninth International Conference on Climate Change Impacts & Responses
(Friday-Saturday, April 21-22, 2017) The Ninth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses features research addressing the following annual themes: Scientific evidence; assessing impacts in divergent ecosystems; human impacts and impacts on humans; and technical, political, and social responses. There will be a special focus on communicating and collaborating for resilient solutions to climate change. To be held at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. More information.
Better Building Summit 2017
(Monday-Wednesday, May 15-17, 2017) The Better Buildings Summit is a national meeting where leading organizations across key sectors showcase solutions to cut energy intensity in their buildings portfolio-wide by 20% over the next ten years. This Summit is designed for partners and stakeholders to exchange best practices and highlight demonstrated market solutions with an equal emphasis on discussing future opportunities for greater energy efficiency in America’s homes and buildings. The meeting occurs in Washington, D.C. More information.
IISE Annual Conference & Expo 2017
(Saturday-Tuesday, May 20-23, 2017) The Sustainable Development Division of the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE) is sponsoring the Social, Economic, and Environmental Sustainability Track at the 2017 IISE Annual Conference and Expo. The conference is a forum for exchanging knowledge and discoveries in the industrial and systems engineering research and practitioner communities. The 2017 IISE Annual Conference and Expo will be one conference, where ISERC and Applied Solutions sessions will be organized together. This exciting change will bring researchers and practitioners together to share the latest advances in Sustainable Development. At the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. More information.
Universities Council on Water Resources Conference: Water in a Changing Environment
(Tuesday-Thursday, June 13-15, 2017) The 2017 Annual Conference, Water in a Changing Environment will take place in Fort Collins, CO. Gaps in projected water supply and demand, water quality and reuse issues, increased food and energy needs, and a changing climate bring water resources to center stage, not only in the western U.S. but across the continent and around the world. Please join the dialogue as we seek to develop transdisciplinary and disciplinary solutions to complex water problems and explore bridges between science and policy. Call for abstracts until January 20, 2017. More information.
Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Annual Meeting
(Wednesday-Saturday, June 21-24, 2017) AESS 2017 will be held at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. We’d love to have some ASU folks (faculty and students) to get involved in the local planning. If students help out in a substantial way, we can comp them for the conference. Contact David Hassenzahl for more information about getting involved. For more information about AESS.
Energy Impacts 2017
(Wednesday-Thursday, July 26-27, 2017) Energy Impacts 2017 is the first North American conference focused on social science research related to the impacts of energy development - with a goal of synthesis, comparison and innovation among established and emerging energy impacts scholars from North America and abroad. The pace, scale and intensity of new energy development around the world demands credible and informed research about potential impacts to human communities that host energy developments. While a fast-growing body of research addresses social, economic, and behavioral impacts from large-scale energy development for host communities and landscapes, their discoveries are often isolated by disciplinary and geographic boundaries. We invite participation from sociologists, geographers, political scientists, public health specialists, economists, anthropologists, practitioners and other interested parties whose work addresses impacts of new energy development for host communities and landscapes. Please visit http://www.energyimpacts.org to join a mailing list for future updates, and to add your profile to our growing data base of energy impacts researchers and professionals. The conference will be held at Ohio State University, Columbus.
Twelfth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
(Wednesday-Friday, 26-28 July, 2017) Announcing the Call for Papers for the Twelfth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, to be held at the International Conference Center in Hiroshima, Japan. Founded in 2006, the conference examines the nature of disciplinary practices in the study of society and the interdisciplinary practices that arise in the context of "real world" applications of social research and theory. The conference also investigates what constitutes "science" in a social context and the connections between the social and other sciences. The focus of papers ranges from the finely grained and empirical (research practices and results exemplifying one or more disciplines) to wide-ranging multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspectives on knowledge and method. We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks. The conference features research addressing the annual themes and the 2017 Special Focus: "Cross-Cultural and Global Research as Interdisciplinary Practice." Proposal submittal deadline is December 26, 2016. More information.
ASU team hits Miami seeking sustainable future
Led by Herberger Institute faculty, a team of ASU students has recently returned from an international conference for designers, architects and developers where they discussed how to hit United Nations goals for prosperity and sustainability. Read more.
Opportunities for forest conservation and sustainability in the South (from GreenBiz.com)
Our supply chains are linked to a global economy, whether you are talking commodities such as palm oil from Indonesia or coffee beans from South America. Even close to home, timber, pulp, wood fiber and biomass from the southern United States are all part of this global business. Read more.
From Addis Ababa to Yokohama: 11 cities leading the fight on climate (from GreenBiz.com)
From shutting down coal-fired power plants to changing how they handle waste, cities around the world are taking bold actions to address global climate change. They’re doing so even as their counterparts at the national level are not expected to act on commitments they made last year under the Paris Agreement until 2020. Meanwhile, the dedication of the U.S. government to the climate fight has been thrown into doubt by the election of Donald Trump. Read more.
Can coal miners become solar technicians? (From GreenBiz.com)
Nothing on Earth moves without energy, and most of the energy that people use is of the fossil variety: coal; oil; and natural gas. Although renewable energy is beginning to make inroads, fossil fuels still account for 78 percent of global final energy consumption as of 2014, according to REN21’s Global Status Report 2016 (PDF). It is abundantly clear that a fundamental energy makeover is needed if we are to avoid climate chaos — especially with regard to coal, the dirtiest fuel of them all. Until recently, global coal production and use were still growing. Read more.
ASU environmental students get wild (certifiably)
Preserving Earth’s biodiversity is no small task — some estimates put the number of species on the planet in the hundreds of millions — but that hasn’t deterred ASU students from taking on the job. And while a passion for the environment is essential, students looking for careers in the field also need the right credentials. To help meet that need, associate professor Heather Bateman worked with colleagues in ASU’s College of Integrative Sciences and Arts to develop the undergraduate Wildlife Management Certificate. Read more.
Silicon Valley's sustainability problem (from GreenBiz.com)
The tech sector has stepped up its fight against climate change since COP21 last year. From the Bill Gates-led Breakthrough Energy Coalition pledging more than $1 billion towards the transition to clean energy, to Google purchasing nearly 2.5 gigawatts of renewable energy, tech companies have made bold commitments. Read more.
Q&A: How close are we to 'Westworld'?
"Westworld" — the hit HBO show about a technologically advanced, Western-themed amusement park involving synthetic androids — riffs on questions about humanity, artificial intelligence and science. The robot saloon women and gunfighters in the park exhibit intelligent behavior indistinguishable from a human. Read more.
Sustainable Urban Water Transdisciplinary Research Program for Undergraduates
The Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN) offers its second Undergraduate Research Program (URP) for the summer of 2017. Participants will be given the opportunity to perform cutting edge, transdisciplinary research of immediate relevance to people in urban areas. Students with different research interests – social sciences, natural sciences, engineering – will be placed with a team of mentors at institutions in urban areas across the nation. The program will start and end at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Co. Program dates are May 31-August 2, 2017. Application deadline is February 10, 2017. More information and application.
Arizona Department of Water Resource Drought Program
November 2016 drought summary is online.
November Southwest Climate Outlook
The November 2016 Southwest Climate Outlook is online.
CLIMAS Podcast: November 2016 – SW Climate & Water Year in Review
Assistant Professor, Tenure-track, Food Systems Sustainability
To review and apply to this position, please visit http://apply.interfolio.com/39563. The application deadline is December 22, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time. If not filled, reviews will occur every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed.
Assistant Professor, Tenure-track, Sustainability Education
To review and apply to this position, please visit http://apply.interfolio.com/39564. The application deadline is December 22, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time. If not filled, reviews will occur every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed.
Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Sustainability, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Application deadline December 10, 2016. More information.
Research Social Scientist, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Los Angeles, California
Application deadline December 13, 2016. More information.
Environmental Specialist (Environment Now Coordinator), City and County of San Francisco, California
Application deadline December 16, 2016. More information.
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Application deadline December 23, 2016. More information.
Program Director, The Nature Conservancy, Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico
Application deadline December 30, 2016. More information.
Sun Devil Dining (Aramark), Sustainability Intern (Spring 2017), Arizona State University
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 and sustainable food systems. The Sustainability Intern will also support expansion of new and existing sustainability practices. Application deadline: December 31, 2016. Hourly Rate: $10/hour; Hours: Approximately 16-29 hours per week; Dates: January-May 2017. See Sun Devil Dining's Sustainability page for more details: http://sundevildining.asu.edu/sustainability. Please send cover letter, spring class schedule and resume along with a list of relevant coursework to: Krista Hicks (Hicks-Krista@aramark.com).
Faculty Position , Water Resources Engineering/Coastal and Ocean Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
Application deadline December 31, 2016. More information.
Appalachian Forest Heritage Area Americorps, West Virginia
Application deadline December 31, 2016. More information.
Assistant or Associate Professor, Sustainable Built Environments (SBE) + Architecture, University of Arizona, Tucson
Review of applications will start on January 2, 2017. More information.
Science Fellow, Columbia University
Application deadline January 1, 2017. More information.
Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowships, NOAA
Application deadline January 6, 2017. More information.
Assistant Professor, Watershed Engineering, Virginia Tech
Application deadline January 9, 2017. More information.
Assistant Professor, GIS Science/Physical Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Application deadline January 9, 2017. More information.
Virginia G. Piper Resident Scholar
Application deadline January 20, 2017. More information.
Science Communication Fellow, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Vienna, Austria
Application deadline January 17, 2017. More information.
Anthony A. Lapham River Conservation Fellow, American Rivers, Washington, D.C.
Application deadline January 31, 2017. More information.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Urban Ecology, The New School, New York, New York
Review of applications begins in January 2017. More information.
Louis Bacon Environmental Leadership Fellow, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Application deadline February 24, 2017 (Apply to School by December 1, 2016). More information.
Estuarine/Aquatic Ecologist, South Florida Water Management District, Florida
Natural Resources Technician, Summit Lake Paiute Tribe, Humboldt County, Nevada
Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Summit Lake Paiute Tribe, Humboldt County, Nevada
Environmental Specialist, Summit Lake Paiute Tribe, Humboldt County, Nevada
Entry-Level Transportation Planner, Phoenix, Arizona
Assistant or Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Utah State University, Logan
Assistant or Associate Professor, Coastal Ecology, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
More information Posting number 0619572.
Postdoctoral Fellow in Urban Ecology, The New School, New York, New York
Research Associate, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Assistant Professor, Natural Resources Policy and Governance, Environmental Studies Program, University of Colorado-Boulder
Communications and Member Services Assistant, Urban Sustainability Directors Network & Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance
Principal Public Affairs Representative (Conservation), Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Hunger Program and Policy Manager, Arizona Community Action Association