Healthy Cities in the Era of Climate Change

by Arturo Herrera on August 15, 2016

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September 19, 2016 – 1:15 pm to 2:45 pm ET

“Climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century,” according to the Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change.

But here’s the good news.

 The same Commission has also concluded that “Tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century.” Indeed, many of the actions we must take to mitigate climate change-reducing fossil fuel use; promoting walkable, bikeable cities; supporting sustainable, local agriculture-offer significant benefits for public health.

 Join SSFIsland Press and the Urban Resilience Project for a free webinar that will explore the possibilities for “win-win” solutions to climate change and health.
Panelists include:
Gary Cohen  Health Care Without Harm Gary Cohen
Health Care Without Harm

Gary Cohen has been a pioneer in the environmental health movement for thirty years. He is president and co-founder of Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth, and he was instrumental in bringing together the NGOs and hospital systems that formed the Healthier Hospitals Initiative. A McArthur Fellow, Gary has been recognized by the White House, Skoll Foundation, and Huffington Post for his efforts to transform the health sector to become environmentally sustainable.

 

Linda Rudolph Public Health Institute Linda Rudolph
Public Health Institute

Linda Rudolph was the founding chair of the California Health in All Policies Task Force, and of the California Climate Action Team Public Health Work Group. Linda has also served as health officer and public health director for the city of Berkeley, and chief medical officer for Medi-Cal Managed Care. She is board certified in occupational medicine, and her  first public health job was with a labor union that represented oil, chemical, and atomic workers.

 

 

Cecil Corbin-Mark We Act Cecil Corbin-Mark
We Act

Cecil Corbin-Mark has represented WE ACT and environmental justice interests for more than a decade. He is a leader in the climate arena. He was instrumental in the formation of the Environmental Justice Leadership Forum, and oversees WE ACT’s federal policy office and Environmental Justice Leadership Forum convenings. In the face of the assault on the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, Mr. Corbin-Mark helped organize Environmental Justice leaders to testify at the public hearings set up by the EPA in their rulemaking processes. He served as a member of the planning team and a moderator of a climate change panel for the first White House Forum on Environmental Justice. Mr. Corbin-Mark has served on former NY Governor David Paterson’s Renewable Energy Task Force as well as a Blue Ribbon Commission on Sustainability for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority

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Webinar: Biting the Hands That Feed Us – September 27

by Arturo Herrera on August 10, 2016

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Food waste, hunger, inhumane livestock conditions, disappearing fish stocks—these are exactly the kind of issues we expect food regulations to combat. Yet, today in the United States, laws exist at all levels of government that actually make these problems worse.

Join SSF and Island Press on September 28th 2016 in a free webinar featuring Baylen Linnekin, author of Biting the Hands that Feed Us, which introduces readers to the perverse consequences of many food rules. Some of these rules constrain the sale of “ugly” fruits and vegetables, relegating bushels of tasty but misshapen carrots and strawberries to food waste.

Baylen LinnekinBaylen is a food lawyer and an adjunct professor teaching food policy and food law at George Mason University Law School and American University. He is the founder and executive director of Keep Food Legal. His writing on food and law has appeared in scholarly publications like the Chapman University Law Review, Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, Northeastern University Law Journal, Nexus Journal of Law & Policy, and the Journal of Wine Economics.

Baylen Linnekin argues that, too often, government rules handcuff America’s most sustainable farmers, producers, sellers, and consumers, while rewarding those whose practices are anything but sustainable.

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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. Our panel discussed: 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?
Reid Detchon is Vice President for Energy and Climate Strategy at the United Nations Foundation. He is alsreid dechtono the executive director of the Energy Future Coalition, a broad-based non-partisan public policy initiative supported by the UN Foundation that seeks to bring about change in U.S. energy policy to address three critical challenges from the production and use of energy: the political and economic security threat posed by the world’s dependence on oil; the risk to the global environment from climate change; and the lack of access of the world’s poor to the modern energy services they need for economic advancement.
Reid Detchon, 
Vice President,  Energy & Climate Strategy, United Nations Foundation
Join energy experts Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow-in-Residence of the Post Carbon Institute and one of the worldHeinberg‘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.
Richard Heinberg, 
Post Carbon Institute
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, David Fridleybuildings, 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.
David Fridley, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
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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.
JenniferGerholdt
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

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 […]

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Webinar: The Future of the Suburban City

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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 […]

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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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