islandpresshttp://bit.ly/29JAE4S  August 18 – 1:15 to 2:45 PM ET

 

The next few decades will see a profound energy transformation throughout the world. By the end of the century (and perhaps sooner), we will shift from fossil fuel dependence to rely primarily on renewable sources – solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal power. Driven by the need to avert catastrophic climate change and by the depletion of easily accessible oil, coal, and natural gas, this transformation will entail a major shift in how we live. What might a 100% renewable future look like? Which technologies will play a crucial role in our energy future? What challenges will we face in this transition? And how can we make sure our new system is just and equitable?
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Richard Heinberg, 
Post Carbon Institute
Join energy experts Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow-in-Residence of the Post Carbon Institute and one of the world’s foremost educators on the need to transition away from fossil fuels, and David Fridley staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), where he is deputy group leader of the China Energy Group. Heinberg and Fridley are also the authors of Our Renewable Future, published by Island Press, which explores the challenges and opportunities presented by the shift to renewable energy. The transition to clean energy will not be a simple matter of replacing coal with wind power or oil with solar; it will require us to adapt our energy usage as dramatically as we adapt our energy sources.
David Fridley
David Fridley, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Beginning with a comprehensive overview of our current energy system, the panelists survey issues of energy supply and demand in key sectors of the economy, including electricity generation, transportation, buildings, and manufacturing. In their review of each sector, the panelists examine the most crucial challenges we face, from intermittency in fuel sources to energy storage and grid redesign. The webinar concludes with a discussion of energy and equity and a summary of key lessons and steps forward at the individual, community, and national level
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Webinar: Status of the Circular Economy

by Arturo Herrera on June 1, 2016

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The Circular Economy is more than minimizing waste generation.  It is a “cradle to rarely reaching the grave” approach to the economy and human activity.

CE concepts rest on comprehensive approaches to closing loops, thus transforming our linear extract-make-use-dispose economy and reducing human-kind’s use of Earth’s assets, as well as minimizing natural and social system impacts.

Earth’s resources are large but finite and human population is growing, so something has to give to converge on an acceptable quality of life for living on the planet.
In this 90-minute webinar, circular economy experts from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, The Sustainability Consortium, managed jointly by Arizona State University and the University of Arkansas, plus other experts provided a perspective on the status of the circular economy from theory to implementation.  Presenters will provide case studies of industry leading business programs, supply chain applications and approaches for business – municipal collaborations.

Download the  Circular Economy Webinar PPT

Presenters 

DanONeill
Moderator Dan O’Neill is General Manager for the Arizona State University’s Global Sustainability Solutions Services. In this role, he connects the sustainability needs of local and global stakeholders to the knowledge and delivery capabilities of ASU and its global network of partners through the delivery of real, practical, effective sustainability solutions.
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Jennifer Gerholdt is the Senior Director of the Environment Program at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center. In her role, Jennifer directs high quality programming for business leaders to help them maximize their positive contributions to society’s challenges. This includes developing and executing the strategy for CCC’s engagement with the private sector on issues including the circular economy, the energy-water-food nexus, and water stewardship. Jennifer directs CCC’s signature sustainability conference, workshops, trainings, roundtables, business delegation tours, case study reports, and research.
CaroleMars
Carole Mars is the Senior Research Lead at The Sustainability Consortium, an Arizona State University and University of Arkansas initiative, responsible for the development of the Sustainability Measurement and Reporting System for manufactured and formulated goods supply chains. In addition, she is the Principal Researcher for Leadership Initiatives at TSC related to consumer adoption of low temperature wash for laundry and Electronics and the Circular Economy, the latter of which addresses knowledge gaps around the disposition of electronic devices reaching the end of their first useful life.
Paul Yaroschak
Paul Yaroschak is the Deputy for Chemical and Material Risk Management in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Energy, Installations and Environment). From 1991 to 2006, Mr. Yaroschak was the Director for Environmental Compliance and Restoration Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installations and Environment). He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Environment) between political administrations. In 2006, he accepted a position in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and was instrumental in developing a program to identify, assess, and develop risk management actions for emerging contaminants. This program won an award from Harvard University’s “Innovations in American Government” program.
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Balancing Food Production and Ecosystem Services

The ongoing extensification of agriculture is leading to historically unprecedented tradeoffs between food production and other ecosystem services such as biodiversity, non-timber forest products, landscapes aesthetics, culture, and many others. These tradeoffs are global, and sustainability scientists examine the telecoupled effects of globalization on traditional land management and societies.

This webinar discusses the difficult balance we face in feeding upwards of 9 billion while maintaining other ecosystem services, and between individual and societal benefits. Case studies include grasslands and forests in northern and southern China, farm-forest-estuary interfaces in Maritime Canada, and crop-grassland agriculture in western North America and eastern Australia.

Integrated Land Management video from Security & Sustainability Forum and IntegratedLand slideshow

Panelists include:
  • Arizona State University  Senior Sustainability Scientist, Arianne Cease, who focuses on the ecology and physiology of organisms in coupled natural and human systems.

 

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Arianne Cease

 

  •  Josh MacFadyen, Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities at ASU, whose work examines the social and ecological problems of energy in Canadian and U.S. agriculture, particularly during the transition from traditional to modern agro-ecosystems.
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Josh MacFayden

 

  • McGill University Research Scientist and Assistant Professor, Brian Robinson, who focuses onhow people meet their needs through use of ecosystems and resources, and the role this plays in development inpoorer regions of the world.
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    Brian Robinson

     

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WEBINAR: Food Waste and the Circular Economy – May 25th

by Arturo Herrera on April 25, 2016

Using the Ellen MacArthur Foundation definition — a  circular economy is one that is restorative and regenerative by design, and which aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times, distinguishing between technical and biological cycles.

Join host Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability in our first webinar in a series devoted to the circular economy.

Among the many growing challenges to food system sustainability, wasted food may be one of the greatest. Food losses from production to consumption decrease food availability for those who need it the most, stress waste management systems, and impact the environment in significant ways.

Wasted Food – Challenges and Opportunities in Partnerships and Consumer Behavior Change from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo.

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Dan O’Neill, Christopher Wharton form ASU and John Trujillo, Director Pubic Works for the City of Phoenix, will discuss the problems of wasted food, the issues embedded in consumer behaviors related to food consumption and loss, the potential for public-private collaboration to implement regional system solutions and the great potential in partnerships between universities and cities.
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Webinar: The Future of the Suburban City

by Arturo Herrera on April 1, 2016

Places that grew up based on the automobile and the single-family home need to dramatically change and evolve. But suburban cities have some advantages over denser cities in an era of climate change, and many suburban cities are already making strides in increasing their resilience.

The Security and Sustainability Forum and Island Press hosted a discussion about the promise and challenges of the suburban city. Panelists included Grady Gammage, Senior Sustainability Scholar at Arizona State University’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and author of The Future of the Suburban City: Lessons from Sustaining Phoenix, and Nico Larco, Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Oregon and author of Site Design for Mulitfamily Housing.

View our webinar to take a fresh look with Grady and Nick at what it means to be sustainable and examine issues facing most suburban cities around water supply, heat, transportation, housing, density, urban form, jobs, economics, and politics.

The Future of the Suburban City from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo.

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Amanda Kolson Hurley is a journalist who writes about architecture.  She is the former executive editor of Architect, the monthly magazine of the American Institute of Architects. Amanda will moderate this week’s webinar on sustainability in the suburbs.

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Amanda Kolson Hurley

They are joined by Nico Larco, Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at theUniversity of Oregon and author of Site Design for Mulitfamily Housing.

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Enhancing National Security Through Conservation Partnerships

March 29, 2016

 This webinar focused on implementing conservation partnering programs between the military services and public and private conservation stakeholders, to enhance military readiness through habitat protection. Learn from military officials and environmental facilitation experts from Marstel-Day how shared resources can improve quality of life, reduce costs and improve sustainability. Conservation Partnerships (Communities and Military Bases) from […]

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Resilient by Design

March 7, 2016

Resilient by Design from Security & Sustainability Forum See the Resilient by Design Powerpoint slides Joseph Fiksel, Island Press author and Executive Director of the Sustainable and Resilient Economy program at The Ohio State University, and Michelle Wyman had an in-depth look at enterprise resilience – the critical success factor in the ability of both business and communities to […]

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Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man

February 26, 2016

Wildlife and Development Haven’t Coexisted Well in the Past. Does it Have to Be That Way in the Future? March 10, 2016 3:30 to 4:30 PM EST Have humans really tamed every inch of the world? Despite more than 100 years of stewardship and protection from agencies like the National Park Service, America’s wild places are […]

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Applying Resilience Thinking: Seven principles for building resilience in social-ecological systems

February 19, 2016

Over the past decades, few concepts have gained such prominence as resilience, the capacity of a system to deal with change and continue to develop. There has been an explosion of research into ways to promote or undermine the resilience of various systems, be it a landscape, a coastal area or a city. However, the […]

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WEBINAR: Post COP 21 From Intent to Action

February 5, 2016

The Paris accord is the easy part of the Paris Accord. The hard part is maintaining the intent of the goals when the actions necessary are not binding. Critical commitments emerged from the 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21) December 2015 meeting  in Paris where developed and developing nations were able to bridge their economic-based differences […]

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