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 

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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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 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.
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Conservation Partnerships (Communities and Military Bases) from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo.

Meet the Panel
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Moderator: Rebecca R. Rubin is the founder, president, and CEO of Marstel-Day,
 LLC, an international environmental consultancy that she established in 2002 to provide expertise to public and private sector organizations in the areas of climate change, habitat, open space, water, energy, land use and natural resource conservation issues.  Prior to founding Marstel-Day, Ms. Rubin was the director of the Army’s Environmental Policy Institute, after leading a variety of environmental studies and analyses at the not-for-profit Institute for Defense Analyses.
John RegniLt General John F. Regni, USAF (Retired)  served as Base Commander, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea from 1990-91, commanded the Second Air Force from 2000-04, commanded the Air University from 2004-05, and culminated his distinguished career as Commander and Superintendent of his alma mater from 2005 through  2009. One of his numerous contributions at the Academy was championing and publishing the AcademyEnergy Strategic Plan-that has the Air Force Academy on an achievable path to produce 100% of its electricity by 2015, and to be “carbon free” by 2025. Notably, this plan leverages the abundant natural resources at the expansive Academy and builds solar fields, hydroelectric turbines, a waste-to-energy plant, geothermal heat pumps, a dry fermentation biomass facility, woody biomass and low profile wind devices to reach its goals.
EGray PayneMajor General E. Gray Payne, USMC (Retired)  has over 40 years of military tactical, operational, and strategic expertise alongside significant experience in the private sector. In his last assignment, he served as Assistant Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics (Facilities), Headquarters, United States Marine Corps. His command tours as a general officer include Commanding General of Marine CorpsMobilization Command, Marine Corps Logistics Command, and 4th Marine Logistics Group. He also served as Director of CENTCOM Deployment and Distribution Operations in OIF. General Payne is the past Chairman of the Marine Corps Reserve Policy Board and currently serves on the Marine Corps Association’s Board of Governors and the Marine Corps Association Foundation Board of Directors. In 2014-2015, he was appointed to and served on the Commonwealth of Virginia Commission on Military Installations and Defense Activities.
 JenniferGrahamJennifer Graham manages the Headquarters Air Force Encroachment Management and Community Partnership portfolio for Marstel-Day, which includes: communications and engagement/stakeholder facilitation, encroachment control planning, real estate and conservation transactions, and environmental and land use studies and analyses. She retired from the U. S. Air Force with the rank of Colonel and 23 years of experience in installation command, human capital management, strategic planning, studies and analysis and policy formulation. She has effectively led organizations at base, major command and inter-agency levels, each with award winning results. Her Air Force career includes assignments at the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Office of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office.
PaulLargePaul Friday serves as the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff G7 and as the Director of its Government and External Relations (GER) Division. His duties include shaping the strategy and implementing programs to enhance compatible resource use among competing interests in support of the military’s training mission. In April, 2006, Mr. Friday became the Marine Corps Installations East’s (MCIEAST) first Community Plans and Liaison Coordinator. His coverage area extends from Quantico, VA to Blount Island, Florida. His duties include: utilizing current and planned GIS mapping and evaluation tools to assess scarce resource use suitability options; working across our military Services to generate combined mission footprints for sharing with states to develop mutually beneficial resource use strategies and implementation plans; building lasting governmental and other external relationships; creating stronger ties among states with their military neighbors
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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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Global Governance in the Face of Non-Traditional Risk

January 13, 2016

World order rests on a nation-state system that is stabilized through a web of intergovernmental institutions. Climate risk, by presenting fundamental resource challenges to those nation states, will also place strains on intergovernmental institutions, and global governance in general. This webinar will explore how global governance will be affected by climate, as well as how […]

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