August 25th 1:15 pm to 2:45 pm EDT    The Security and Sustainability Forum and the Global Security Initiative (GSI) at Arizona State University are hosting a five-session webinar series to facilitate a national dialogue about the global security implications of climate risk.
GSI is a university-wide interdisciplinary hub for global security research that focuses on openness, inclusiveness and connections to the global defense, development and diplomacy communities. The initiative addresses emerging global challenges characterized by complex interdependencies and conflicting objectives, where there may not be obvious solutions.  These challenges include resource security, global health, climate risks, and resulting economic and political instability. 
Climate risks have the potential to affect every natural and social system, to

The Global Climate Security Series

  • Webinar 1: Peace, Conflict and the Scale of the Climate Risk Landscape (August 25)
  • Webinar 2: Climate Risk Reduction at the National and Sub-National Scale
  • Webinar 3: Decision Making and Climate Security for Business 
  • Webinar 4: Climate Security and the 4Ds of Defense 
  • Webinar 5: Global Governance in the Face of Non-Traditional Risk
harm populations, disrupt economic systems, and contribute directly or indirectly to conflicts within and across jurisdictional borders.  The Global Climate Security webinar series convenes global thought leaders to seek pathways to improve responses to destabilizing climate risks.
The opening webinar will examine the security implications of climate risk and will provide a context for the subsequent place-based and sector-based webinars. This session will address climate risk and security on all fronts from the risk assessment perspective (impacts on governance, economic vitality, national, regional and international security) to potential solutions (risk management, policy, and technical).
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Thu, Aug 20asujpg, 2015 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM EDT

This is the second webinar in the Food, Water, Energy Series series and will be on August 20th. It will examine drought in the Southwestern United States. The focus is primarily on California as a harbinger for other regions of the country and the globe. We will specifically examine the water policies of the past, present and future, and their impact on water supply, uses including agriculture and society overall.
Dr. David White, an associate professor in the Arizona State University (ASU) School of Community Resources and Development, will lead the webinar. He is also the Director of the National Science Foundation’s Decision Center for a Desert City, which studies water-management decisions in the face of growing climatic uncertainty in central Arizona.

He is joined by:
Dr. David Feldman, Chair of the Department of Planning, Policy and Design at the University of California Irvine
Dr. Ben Cook, an Adjunct Associate Research Scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and a leading expert on mega droughts
Ms. Heather Cooley, Co Director of Pacific Institute’s Water Program.

 

 

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Megatrends – The Food, Water, Energy Nexus

by Arturo Herrera on July 10, 2015

Thu, Jul 30, 2015 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM EDT

In its 2013 report “Global Trends 2030″, the US National Intelligence Council described the interconnected risks in water, energy and food supply security as a “megatrend” that will gain global momentum.
Join the Security and Sustainability Forum in a free webinar as we explore the challenges and opportunities in meeting food, water and energy goals in developed and developing nations.
Meet the Panel 
Alan Hecht, EPA Office of Research and Development
Alan Hecht
Dr. Alan Hecht is Director for Sustainable Development in the Office of Research and Development at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since 2003 he has led ORD’s planning on sustainability research. At EPA he has served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator and Acting Assistant Administrator for International Activities, and as senior advisor to the Administrator for the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992.
Steve Cohen
Dr. Steven Cohen is the Executive Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute and Director of the Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Director of the Masters of Science in Sustainability Management at Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education, and the Director of the Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management.
Robert Engelman
Robert Engelman is a Senior Fellow and former president of the Worldwatch Institute.  A former newspaper reporter specializing in science and the environment, Mr. Engelman has served on the faculty of Yale University as a visiting lecturer and was founding secretary of the Society of Environmental Journalists. He is the author of the 2008 book More: Population, Nature, and What Women Want, published byIsland Press, and his writing has appeared in scholarly and news media including Nature, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal.
Peter Saundry
Peter Saundry
Dr. Peter Saundry is the Executive Director of the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), a non-partisan organization of scientists, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, and policy makers working to improve the scientific basis of environmental decision-making. Peter is an experienced leader in building coalitions of individuals and organizations to promote environmental science and its utility in addressing societal concerns.
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Webinar 3: Recycling CO2 to Liquid Hydrocarbon Fuel

by Arturo Herrera on June 24, 2015

July 28, 2015  1:15 PM to 2:45 PM EDT

Session 3 in the Future of Sustainable Transportation Fuels webinar series will include the emerging technological possibilities for captured CO2 from waste streams (or directly from the atmosphere) and using it as a pre-concentrated carbon source to produce transportation fuels.

CO2-to-Fuels is a research trajectory where the policy risks are unknown because of its intersection with the complex politics of mitigating the risk of climate change and constructing carbon policy. Some think affordable CO2-to-fuels would be a major feat of science and engineering that is achievable – others question both achievability and the wisdom of a technology that recycles the carbon back to the fuels system. Join us on July 28th to participate in this discussion.

Moderator:  Dr. Thomas Seager from Arizona State University,conducts research related to environmental decision making and life-cycle environmental impacts of alternative energy technologies. He currently leads a project funded by the National Science Foundation that applies game theory to develop new strategies for teaching ethical reasoning skills relevant to sustainability, science, and engineering graduate students. He joined the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University in 2010, and has previously taught at Rochester Institute of Technology and Purdue University.
​Klaus Lackner
Dr. Klaus Lackner is the director of the Center for Negative Carbon Emissions and a professor at Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University. Dr. Lackner’s recent research interests include closing the carbon cycle by capturing carbon dioxide from the air, carbon sequestration, carbon foot-printing, and innovations in energy and infrastructure systems.​
James Miller
Dr. James E. Miller (Jim) is a chemical engineer who has been involved in energy, materials, and chemical processing research at Sandia National Laboratories for over 23 years. His work has touched on diverse topics ranging from hydroprocessing, to oxidation, lignin depolymerization, treatment of radioactive waste and automobile exhaust, and desalination. Over recent years his efforts have been largely focused on solar thermochemistry for the production of synthetic fuels from carbon dioxide and water, and for the past year on metal oxide-based thermochemical energy storage.​
Timothy Zenk
Timothy Zenk is the Executive Vice President of Business Development for Algenol and formerly served as senior vice president of corporate development for Sapphire Energy, Inc.  At Algenol, Zenk oversees business development, government affairs, public policy, marketing and communications. Zenk has years of leadership and notable success with public and privately held companies, including Sapphire Energy, Edelman Global, and Telecommunications Systems.  In addition, he has held key roles in government, working for presidential administrations, U.S. congressional members and state governors.

 

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by Arturo Herrera on June 10, 2015

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Coupling the Electric Power & Transportation Sectors: Beyond Electric Vehicles

June 5, 2015

The basic story of “electric power to combustible fuels” is that renewable energy technologies, especially at high penetration, will at times produce “low-value electrons” in the open market, creating the potential for arbitrage. Such “electrons” could be stored for use at a different time, stored in battery electric vehicles, or used to produce water (through, […]

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America’s Leading Renewable Energy Financing Event Returns to New York June 24 – 25, 2015

May 22, 2015

REFF-Wall Street 2015 will be held at The Grand Hyatt, New York City, a landmark property with exceptional amenities and generous hotel services. Accommodations are available at the The Grand Hyatt at the special rate of $334 per room per night. This special rate is available through Monday, June 1, 2015. Be Sociable with SSF, […]

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Urban Resilience Case Studies – Social, Ecological, Technological System Pairs

April 24, 2015

This is the second webinar in the “Along the Urban Path” four-part webinar series, a collaborative effort between Arizona State University and The Security and Sustainability Forum. Along the Urban Path serves as​ ​a practical primer on the burgeoning topic of urban resiliency. Attendees will take home points that go beyond the vernacular to get […]

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