Balancing Food Production and Ecosystem Services
June 2, 2016 – 1:15 to 2:45 PM ET http://bit.ly/255HDKC
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 will discuss the difficult balance we now face in feeding upwards of 9 billion while maintaining other ecosystem services, and between individual and societal benefits. Case studies will 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Wed, May 25, 2016 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM EDT
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo.
Meet the Panel
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.
Lt 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.
Major 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.
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.
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
Resilient by Design from Security & Sustainability Forum
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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 survive, adapt, and flourish in the face of natural disasters and unforeseen supply chain disruptions.
Fiksel’s new book, Resilient By Design
, offers insight into why workforce leaders need a new business paradigm – one that takes an integrated view of the built environment, ecosystems, and the social fabric, while recognizing new business opportunities that result from this shift.
Moderator Michelle Wyman
, Executive Director of the
(NCSE), brings an extensive background in energy and environmental policy at the state and local levels. The webinar will bring context to the importance of resilience across business and municipal communities, and describe how all leaders can move beyond the business-as-usual approach in order to thrive in the 21st century.
Another Contribution to our Planning for Resilience Webinar Series.