What is the role of nature in cities? How can business and government leaders align environmental stewardship with economic growth?
On September 14, the Institute for International Economic Policy at The George Washington University will host a panel of experts to answer these questions at a live, in-person webcast at the Elliott School of International Affairs.
The participants will include Mark Tercek, President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy;Rob McDonald, Senior Scientist for Sustainable Land Use at The Nature Conservancy; and Led by Marcus King, Director of the Elliot School’s Master of Arts at in International Affairs Program at GW
Sustainable Development Forum: Why Investing in Nature Makes Economic Sense
When? September 14, 2015 1:15 pm to 2:45 pm EDT
Elliot School of International Affairs
1957 E St NW Lindner Common, Room 602
Washington, DC 20052
Seats are free but limited.
The panel will discuss how public and private sector leaders can use natural resources to both impact the bottom line and benefit society, and how ecosystem services and natural infrastructure can enhance cities and neighborhoods. With their combined expertise from the fields of environmental conservation, economics, international politics, and corporate finance, they will challenge conventional thinking about the importance of environmental resources and economics as key tools in creating a sustainable world
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM EDT
Climate risks have the potential to affect every natural and social system, to harm populations, disrupt economic systems, and contribute directly or indirectly to conflicts within and across jurisdictional borders. The Global Climate Security webinar series, hosted by the Global Security Initiative at Arizona State University, convenes global thought leaders to seek pathways to improve responses to destabilizing climate risks. Five webinars comprise the 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
The opening webinar on August 25th 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).
The panel is:
- Dr. Nadya Bliss (Moderator): Director of the Global Security Initiative at Arizona State University
- Dr. Mat Burrows: Director of the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative
- Dr. Joshua Busby: The Crook Distinguished Scholar at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas
- Dr. Marc Levy: Deputy Director of the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), a unit of Columbia University’s Earth Institute
http://bit.ly/1HkShC1 – August 20, 2015 – 1:15 pm to 2:45 pm EDT
Working with the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University and others, the Security and Sustainability Forum is co-hosting a new series on the Food, Water Energy Nexus – one of the major mega trends of this century. In the series we will be addressing these systems from a variety of perspectives.
We scheduled the first webinar in the series for July 30th, It was co-hosted by the National Council for Science and the Environment (http://bit.ly/1qhns55) and addressed the interaction of the systems, the degree of the impacts and paths forward. Read more about the first Food, Water, Energy webinar and seed the archive here at http://securityandsustainabilityforum.org/archives/webinars
The second webinar in the series 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.
We also plan to add an official from the California State Water Board.
Subsequent webinars in the series will be scheduled through the Fall. Sign up for emails alerts on the SSF website. www.ssfonline.org
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Arizona State University School of Sustainability and The Security and Sustainability Forum announce Partnership Creating Urban Resilience Online Forum
As a part of SSF’s ongoing mission to inform public and private sector decision makers on climate security and sustainability topics through online educational events, the public interest organization has partnered with ASU SOS to present Along the Urban Path, a practical primer on the burgeoning topic of urban resilience. The partnership will produce a program of four online events based on SSF’s successful webinars model and provide virtual dialogue opportunities for participants.
Attendees will take home points that go beyond the vernacular to get to what “resilience” actually means now, and what it could achieve for the future. Presenters representing different disciplines will then take participants down different avenues using three resilience mechanisms — social, ecological, and technological – and where these avenues converge. The result will be a workable framework using S.E.T.S. (Social, Ecological, Technological Systems) that decision makers can use in planning for a more sustainable future.
The first webinar from this partnership, Growing a City to Meet Current and Future Needs: What Led to the Urban Resilience Movement, will broadcast live on April 24th at 1:15pm EDT. Panelists will introduce attendees to “urban resilience,” including insights from the practitioner perspective. The panel, moderated by Nancy Grimm, Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, includes Joyce Coffee, Managing Director of the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index, Tom Seager of the ASU School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, and Charles Redman, Distinguished Sustainability Scientist at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.
As with all SFF webinars, there will be time after the panelist presentations for audience questions, and the webinars will be recorded and available in the SSF Archives. Attendees, curious minds, practitioners, and the general public are invited to dialogue about the webinars and the topic of “urban resilience” before and after the four live events on the Security & Sustainability Forum LinkedIn Group page in the designated thread.