Webinar Archive

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The New Carbon Economy

Intergalactic Design – Applying Social Design to Sustainability


Join author and designer Cheryl Heller in a 90-minute webinar, co-sponsored by SSF and Island Press, to explore the principles of social design and how to apply them to vexing societal challenges.

Channeling Philanthropic Capital to Climate Investments


 Join Arizona State University’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and Matthew Nordan, Managing Director and co-founder of Prime Coalition, for this 90-minute webinar about how philanthropy can help speed the transition to a clean energy future.
Reframing Carbon Capture and Reuse


LightWorks at Arizona State University is hosting a two-webinar series to examine whether the pace of R&D funding for carbon capture, storage and reuse can be accelerated if it is framed as a social responsibility. How can government, industry and citizens contribute to the social responsibility of meeting the climate imperative by funding the underpinnings of the New Carbon Economy.
Bipartisan Conversation on Pricing Carbon Emissions


Join Senator Sheldon Whitehouse for a discussion of current efforts to price carbon emissions. Co-sponsored by Arizona State University and moderated by Robert Litterman, co-founder of Kepos Capital, this panel will explore questions such as: What is the most promising legislative pathway to pricing carbon emissions? What does a bipartisan solution look like? Where should legislative efforts focus – at the state or federal level?

NCSE/ASU Sustainable Infrastructure & Resilience Series

The Science of Resilience in Decision-Making


Erica Goldman, NSCE Science Policy Director, moderates a discussion of emerging corporate models for managing the impacts of climate change.
Actionable Science Solutions for Local Resilience


Lauren Keeler, Assistant Research Professor inASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, moderates this conversation with with Grant Davis from Sonoma County Water Agency and Cecilio Ortiz Garcia from the University of Puerto Rico.

The Intersection of Financial Risk and Climate Resilience


What are the risks and opportunities in the resilience finance marketplace? What financial mechanisms are available to identify, evaluate, and manage climate risk? Join our panelists as they explored these questions and more in a 90-minute webinar sponsored by ASU’s School of Sustainability in partnership with the National Council for Science and the Environment.

Rebuilding in Puerto Rico: Universities as Leaders in Community Resilience


Join the National Council for Science and the Environment in collaboration with Arizona State University’s Julian Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and SSF  to hear how this model for local collaboration in Puerto Rico has progressed post-Maria, and inspired a United States national network of higher education leaders focusing on resilience, data-driven decision-making, and local solutions.

Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience Leadership Series

Climate Adaptation Policy at the State and Local Level
Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability, with the American Society of Adaptation Professionals and the University of the District of Columbia’s College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences host a webinar in the new series and focuses on climate policy.
Innovations in Climate Solutions


In this webinar, hear from leaders who are pushing the limits of technology and process innovation to further climate action.
Movement & Field Building – Climate Justice & Adaptation


This is the third webinar in the new series and focuses on climate justice. The costs of taking climate action and the benefits of resilience-building must be equitably shared. We can use climate action to minimize harm, maximize options, and build power for oppressed and underrepresented people and communities.

Going Green Without Going Into the Red

Solar Hot Water Systems – What you Need to Know


Scott Sklar, moderator, reviewed the pros and cons of investing in a solar hot water system (residential, commercial and industrial uses) and what to consider in making the investment decision.

Democracy 2018

Values, Democracy and Solutions for a Changing Planet


Ed Saltzberg, Managing Director of the Security and Sustainability Forum in a one-hour conversation with Citizen Climate Lobby’s Executive Director, Mark Reynolds. CCL is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.
Energy Democracy


Join SSF and Island Press in this 90-minute webinar about the emerging field of energy democracy, a movement that frames the struggle of working people, low-income communities, and communities of color to take control of energy resources and use those resources to empower their communities. Energy poverty is a shocking political reality in the United States and is more important than ever to combat as we face the impacts of climate change.
Sound Science and Sound Journalism in an Era of Fake News


Join Island Press in a discussion about how journalists conduct research and investigations, confirm facts, ferret out false information and maintain a sound basis for their reporting. The discussion was moderated by journalist Paul Thacker and attended by Carey Gillam, author of Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science AND Dr. Dana Barr, Environmental Health Professor at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health
Climate, Education and Democracy – A Conversation with David Orr and Erik Assadourian


A 45 minute online conversation with David Orr, Oberlin College and Erik Assadourian, World Watch Institute, about climate, education and democracy. This is a follow up to a recent webinar featuring WWI’s latest publication in its State of the World annual series, “EarthEd – Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet”.

Closing the Environmental Literacy Gap

Drawdown – 60 Minutes with Paul Hawken


Security and Sustainability Forum Managing Director, Edward Saltzberg, and American Renewable Energy Institute  Chairman and CEO, Chip Comins, in a 60 minute webinar and conversation with Drawdown Editor and Project Drawdown Executive Director, Paul Hawken.
Beyond Doom and Gloom: Essentials to Move the Needle for Green Energy


We share non-partisan materials that any person or organization can easily use to help produce better green energy policies. Move beyond doom and gloom or skepticism to engage in a clean energy future and help produce a healthier economy, environment, and society.
Making a big impact in sustainability science with big data


Data rich modeling techniques can assist in improving systems thinking to integrate business operations, people, ecosystems and climate.
Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet


This webinar features contributors to WWI’s latest State of the World publication, “EarthEd – Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet“.  EarthEd addresses applying a systems approach to environmental learning at all levels of development, from preschool to professional.
Closing the Environmental Literacy Gap


Experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) joined The Nature Generation, a nonprofit aiming to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards, in a comprehensive discussion on our nation’s environmental literacy gap.
Teaching Systems Thinking to Fill the Climate Literacy Gap


Leaders from education, business and philanthropy discussed the validity of the climate literacy gap and its impact on the workforce; existing and emerging ways to teach systems thinking about climate disruptions, mitigation, adaptation and risk management; concepts for developing the national/international capacity to support climate literacy; the role of philanthropy in accelerating deployment; and how community colleges can be at the center of better preparing the workforce for climate risk decisions.

Business and Climate Risk

Session 1:The Business of Risk: Climate and Resilience


Moderator Ann Goodman explored the implications of climate risk for business. Experts from among the companies most advanced in resilience thinking shared their views of how climate risk has changed their firms’ products, services, and ways of doing business-and how to weigh the costs of acting on climate against the risks of not preparing.
Session 2: Why Companies Should Care About Biodiversity


Moderator Leah Gerber, Director of the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, and the panel engaged in sustainable practices for reasons beyond creating a positive public image. The session discussed about how biodiversity thinking benefits companies.

Restoring the Carbon Balance

Session 1:Restoring the Carbon Balance – Session 1 (of 3) The budget imperative


Moderator David Biello moderated the the first of a three-part series where leading experts addressed the research, policies, economics and accountability needed to “Restore the Carbon Budget”.
Session 2:Restoring the Carbon Balance- Session 2: The technologies


Moderator Joel Makower, Executive Director of GreenBiz, and the forum discussed where leading experts will address the research, policies, economics and accountability needed to “Restore the Carbon Budget”.
Session 3: Restoring the Carbon Balance:3: Policies and Financing


Andy Revkin and the forum examined policies, political approaches and funding options that can facilitate investment in RD&D needed to accelerate the pace of commercialization of carbon removal, storage and utilization technologies.
Session 4: Drawdown – 60 Minutes with Paul Hawken


Security and Sustainability Forum Managing Director, Edward Saltzberg, and American Renewable Energy Institute  Chairman and CEO, Chip Comins, in a 60 minute webinar and conversation with Drawdown Editor and Project Drawdown Executive Director, Paul Hawken.

Circular Economy

Session 1:Food Waste and the Circular Economy


Moderator Dan O’Neill, Christopher Wharton from 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.
Session 2:Status of the Circular Economy


Moderator Dan O’Neill, Jennifer Gerholdt, Senior Director of the Environment Program at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center, provided a perspective on the status of the circular economy from theory to implementation.
Session 3: Biting the Hands That Feed Us


Moderator Baylen J. Linnekin, Joshua Gasperi, and Professor Laurie Ristino discuss the consequences of many food rules that . Some of these rules constrain the sale of “ugly” fruits and vegetables, directly leading to food waste.

Global Climate Security Series

Session 1: Peace, Conflict, and the Scale of Climate Risk Landscape


This session, with Edward Saltzberg and Nadya T. Bliss, Director of the Global Security Initiative (GSI) at Arizona State University, examined the security implications of climate risk to provide a context for the subsequent place-based and sector-based webinars. The session addressed climate risk and security on all fronts, including from the risk assessment perspective (impacts on governance, economic vitality, national, regional and international security) as well as from a solutions perspective (risk management, policy, and technical).
Session 2: Climate Risk Reduction at the National and Sub-National Scale


Moderator, Chris Boone, Dean of the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University, hosted the second webinar of the five-part Global Climate Security webinar series, focused on localities or “hot spots” where there exists a convergence of climate vulnerability, state fragility, and strategic significance.
Session 3: Climate Security and the 4Ds of Foreign Policy


Moderator, Dr. Marga Gual Soler, Assistant Research Professor at Arizona State University, hosted the third webinar of the five-part Global Climate Security webinar series, focused on what communities actually do to address the risks of climate vulnerability.
Session 4: Decision Making and Climate Security for Business


Moderator, Clark Miller, Senior Sustainability Scientist moderated the webinar to examine how business is valuing climate impacts. This is the 4th webinar of the series.
Session 5: Global Governance in the Face of Non-Traditional Risk


Moderator, Dr. Nadya T. Bliss, Director of GSI at Arizona State University, moderated the webinar to examine how global governance will be affected by climate, as well as how the institutions of global governance can react to climate risk in a way that will strengthen resilience, and enhance cooperation in the international system. This is the 5th webinar of the series.
Session 6: Healthy Cities in the Era of Climate Change


Moderator, Gary Cohen, and the panel discussed actions to take to mitigate climate change-reducing fossil fuel use; promoting walkable, bikeable cities; supporting sustainable, local agriculture-offer significant benefits for public health.

Innovation Series

Session 1: How to Get Things Done in Cities: Bridging the Public-Private Divide


Moderator Harriet Tregoning led a discussion brought together a group of experienced, forward-thinking municipal and private sector leaders to discuss how public/private actors can work together to create and implement sustainable, efficient transportation systems, and why collaborative economies will continue to drive change in urban environments.
Session 2: Making a Big Impact in Sustainability Science with Big Data


SSF, leaders from Chatmine Technologies and Boston University participated in a free webinar demonstrating the application of computational modelling of natural and social processes to identify patterns, trends, and associations that can inform sustainability decision making.
Session 3: Three Revolutions – Transforming Transportation


Join SSF and Island Press in a 90-minute webinar, led by Dr. Daniel Sperling, on the three revolutions transforming the passenger transit sector.

Food Water and Energy Series

Session 1: Megatrends – The Food, Water, Energy Nexus


Moderator Peter Saundry and guest panelists Dr. Alan Hecht, Dr. Steven Cohen and Robert Engelman described the interconnected risks in water, energy and food supply security as a “megatrend” that will gain global momentum.
Session 2:Drought in the SW United States – Water Policy Past, Present and Future


Moderator Dr. David White and guest panelists focused primarily on California as a harbinger for other regions of the United States and the globe. It specifically examined the water policies of the past, present and future, and their impact on water supply, used including agriculture and society overall.
Session 3: Food System Resilience in an Era of Globalization and Environmental Change


Moderator Dr. Hallie Eakin and other panelists explored how food system resilience may provide insights not only into the complex vulnerabilities food systems face this century, but also into what innovative opportunities exist for enhancing resilience to multiple stressors.
Session 4: Balancing Food Production and Ecosystem Services


Arizona State University panelists explored the difficult balance facing in feeding upwards of 9 billion while maintaining other ecosystem services, between individual and societal benefits.
Session 5: Water is for Fighting Over and other myths about water in the west


John Fleck, Director of the University of New Mexico’s Water Resources Program, argues in his new book, Water is for Fighting Over and other myths about water in the west, that the talk of impending doom is not only untrue, but dangerous.

The Future of Sustainable Transportation Fuels

Session 1:The Future of Sustainable Transportation Fuels.


Moderator Dr. Gary Dirks, Director of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability of LightWorks (Initiative of Arizona State University) hosted The Future of Sustainable Fuels Forum, a free four session webinar series, to engage all stakeholders (researchers, policy makers, vehicle manufacturers, fuel producers and users) in online conversations about the future of transportation fuel production and use.
Session 2:Coupling the Electric Power & Transportation Sectors: Beyond Electric Vehicles


Moderator Clark Miller, Director of the Energy, Society and Policy Initiative at Arizona State University, helps direct the second discussion of “coupling the power and transport sectors.” Renewable energy technologies, especially at high penetration, will at times produce “low-value electrons” in the open market, creating the potential for arbitrage.
Session 3: Recycling CO2 to Liquid Hydrocarbon Fuel


Moderator Dr. Thomas Seager, from Arizona State University, and the panel discussed the included 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.
Session 4: Sustainable Transportation Fuels – Challenges and Opportunities for Designing Good Metrics


Dr. Gary Dirks, Director of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University and of LightWorks, led a panel that addressed the critical issue of how to assess the promise of alternative mobile fuel sources and make investments in research and development now that will most likely lead to the sustainable transportation fuels future we seek.

Planning for Resilience

Session 1:Growing a City to Meet Current and Future Needs: What Led to the Urban 2Resilience Movement


Moderator Dr. Nancy Grimm, Professor of Ecology in the School of Life Sciences and a Senior Sustainability Scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, leads a discussion with Dr. Charles Redman, Dr. Tom Seager, and Joyce Coffeee on the challenges of urban resilience. This webinar is the first in the “Along the Urban Path” series, a partnership between Arizona State University and the Security and Sustainability Forum to deliver a conversation on what actions practitioners can take to foster resilience in planning initiatives. The four-part series serves as a practical primer on the burgeoning topic of urban resiliency, and goes beyond the vernacular to get to what “resiliency” actually means now, and what it could achieve for the future.
Session 2:Urban Resilience Case Studies – Social, Ecological, Technological System Pairs


Moderator Dr. Peter Groffman, Senior Scientist of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies led this discussion. The webinar featured senior researchers from the Royal Society, The Nature Conservancy, The Cary Institute and City College of New York. 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.
Session 3:Urban Resilience in the Era of Climate Change


Moderator Kaid Benfield, led the discussion with other panelists on Urban Resilience and explored these pressing questions through the lenses of urban sustainability, resilience thinking, and the practical, day-to-day management of cities.
Session 4:Integrating Urban Resilience Systems – The SETS Approach


Moderator Dr. Ann Kinzig led a discussion that addressed the current and future challenges cities face from a changing climate
Session 5: Applying Resilience Thinking: Seven principles for building resilience in social-ecological systems


Moderator Michael Schoon led a webinar of convened authors of the publication with the same name to discuss seven principles that clarify how to apply resilience thinking and address the interactions among the underlying social and ecological systems
Session 6: Resilient by Design


Moderator Michelle Wyman led a 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.

Urban Transportation

Walkable City Rules


Urban designer Jeff Speck made a compelling case for walkable cities. With his follow-up, Walkable City Rules , he shares practical guidance for implementing walkability. Join this conversation to learn how your community can reap benefits of walkable cities
On the Road to Mass Market Electric Vehicles


Julian Bentley, professor in George Washington University’s Environmental & Energy Management Institute,  has supported the Federal Fleet Program, assisting Federal agencies in developing and implementing comprehensive strategies to improve fleet efficiency, maximize alternative fuel use, improve fleet fuel management, reduce petroleum consumption, and meet regulatory requirements. In this 60 minute session, Julian reviewed key elements of EVs from his course.
Session 1: Roads Were Not Built For Cars


Moderator Heather Boyer, Executive Editor of the Built Environment program at Island Press hosts this conversation about roads and and their close history with bicycles. Ms. Boyer is joined by Carlton Reid, author of Roads Were Not Made for Cars and Executive Editor of BikeBiz, Andy Clarke, President of The League of American Bicyclists, and Martha Roskowski, VP of Local Innovation at PeopleForBikes. Panelists give a historical, contemporary, and forward look at bikes and roads in this webinar recording.
Session 2: Cities, Bikes, & Things


Moderator Corinne Kisner from the National Association of City Transportation Officials moderated the session as the panelists addressed the politics and infrastructure that make roads bike-friendly and how to involve the community to ensure cities provide avenues for a variety of urban transportation enthusiasts. Island Press and The Security and Sustainability Forum hosted the session as we continue to celebrate Bike Month featuring authors Carlton Reid and Mike Lydon. Corrine Kisner f

Weathering Change: Local Solutions for Strong Communities Series

Session 1: Resilient Design: Transitioning to the New Built Environment


Moderator Cynthia Greene, Manager, Energy and Climate Unit, U.S. EPA New England hosts Alex Wilson as he provides context for why we need to consider resilience when looking at the built environment during the coming decades. This webinar includes an overview of practical measures that can be implemented today to create more resilient buildings and communities.
Session 2: Assessing Vulnerability of Water Conveyance Infrastructure from a Changing Climate in the Context of a Changing Landscape


Moderator Irene Nielson, MPA, Climate Change Coordinator at U.S. EPA New England hosts Michael Simpson as he presents results from NOAA and U.S. EPA funded research from 2007 through 2013, in the context of rural, the peri-urban, and urban watersheds in New England and the upper Midwest. This research examined the hydrologic impact of climate change and land use scenarios on existing water conveyance infrastructure.
Session 3: Green Infrastructure and Flood Resiliency-Land Use Management as an Adaptation Strategy in the Built Environment


Moderator Cynthia Veit, Environmental Scientist, U.S. EPA leads this webinar that addresses assessment, planning, and adaptation to not only better prepare for the next emergency, but to sustainably manage flooding, stormwater, and to maintain human health and a vibrant local economy.
Session 4: Using “Living” Flood Maps to Prepare Coastal Communities


Moderator Loren Horst and the panel engaged in a lively discussion, which included informative graphic presentations and key insights into how innovative data tools can make coastal communities climate ready and storm safe.

Climate Accounting

The Case for New Climate Change Metrics


Moderator Bill Karsell, Chair, US Sub-Technical Advisory Group (ST5) to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) subcommittee on Life Cycle Assessment leads this discussion bringing viewers up-to-speed on the latest climate science, the limits of current climate accounting methods, and how new, updated climate metrics can overcome these hurdles, and also provide new insights into the identification of effective climate mitigation solutions.

Renewable Energy

Session 1: State of Renewable Energy


Moderator Peter Saundry, Executive Director of the National Council for Science and the Environment leads a discussion with panelists Mike Carr, Reid Detchon, and Michael Brower.
Session 2: The US Federal Agency Market:Meeting Energy Reduction and Renewable Energy Mandates


Moderator Karla Perri, Spectrum Group and former Assistant Deputy Undersecretary for Environment at DoD, leads a discussion with panelists Tim Unruh, Kevin Kampschroer, Kate Brandt and Lisa Jung.
Session 3: Renewable Energy Technology Applicability


Moderator Paul Sheldon, Senior Advisor with GreenPrisons, leads a discussion with panelists Daniel Gerdes, Charlie Slavik, and Doug Young.
Session 4: Effective Marriage of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency


Moderator Robert Sullivent, Area General Manager with Johnson Controls, hosts Jerry Elmblad in this webinar.
Session 5: The Intersection of the Microgrid, Renewable Energy, and Storage


Moderator Todd Foley, American Council on Renewable Energy leads a discussion with panelists Michael Huerta, David Hague, and Ryan Wartina.
Session 6:Public Private Partnerships


Moderator Roger Feldman, Director of the American Council on Renewable Energy, leads a discussion with panelists Jeff Eckel and Seth Miller Gabriel.
Session 7: Leading Edge of New Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technologies Coming to the Market


Moderator Gary Dirks, Director of LightWorks, Arizona State University, leads a discussion with panelists Chris Brown, Graham Stevens, and Otto Van Geet.
Session 8: Developing the RFP


Moderator Scott Provinse, Director of Government Programs for SunEdison, leads discussion with panelists John Riley and Harry Clark.
Innovative Energy Solutions on Institutional Property


Moderator Larry Simpson, Project Manager at Willdan Energy Solutions, leads this look into research and work at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory‘s work with panelists Brett Oakleaf and Otto Van Geet, Senior Engineers at NREL.

International Environmental Security

Session 1: Potential for Conflicts in the Arctic


Moderator Elizabeth Chalecki, Research Fellow with the Stimson Center leads discussion with co-hosts Robert Huebert, Capt. Charles Cashin, and Harlan Doliner to examine the potential security and ecological ramifications of increased Arctic transit.
Session 2: International Water Security


Moderator Elizabeth Chalecki, Research Fellow with the Stimson Center leads a discussion with panelists Marcus King, Mohamed Chebaane, and K. Todd Chamberlain to examine the issue of diminishing access to clean water in many parts of the world.
Session 4: International Food Security


Moderator Elizabeth Chalecki, Research Fellow with the Stimson Center leads a discussion with panelists Michael Kugelman, Captain Jim Settele, Joanna Spear, and John Lamb to address Food Security using the hypothetical of the Saudi government leases a large tract of land in Ethiopia to grow food for export.

Single Session

Session 1: What’s the Deal with the US-China Deal?


Moderator Peter Saundry, Executive Director of the National Council for Science and the Environment leads a discussion with Bob Perciasepe, Tom Peterson, and William Schulte on the US-China climate negotiations, and their historical and potential significance in light of existing and expected U.S. and China policy.
Costa Rica’s Ambassador Roman Macaya Speaks About the Importance of Science Diplomacy in 2018


In this 60 minute conversation, Costa Rica’s Ambassador to the United States, Roman Macaya Hayes, provides insight into the critical role of science diplomacy in 2018. He is joined by University of Arizona Natural Resources and the Environment Professor, Jim Buizer.

Global Atlas of Marine Fisheries – What is happening with marine life?


The Panel discussed data on global fishery catches. Many countries under report the amount of fish caught (some by as much as 500%), while others such as China significantly over report their catches.  The Global Atlas of Marine Fisheries is the first and only book to provide accurate, country-by-country fishery data. This groundbreaking information has been gathered from independent sources by the world’s foremost fisheries experts, and edited by Daniel Pauly and Dirk Zeller of the Sea Around Us Project.
Cities on the Leading Edge of Resilience


Hosted by Arizona State University and NLC, spotlights several cities and share their process for planning, building engagement, and implementing resilience initiatives with limited resources. The pilot initiative is providing technical assistance and professional development opportunities for 10 cities by supporting local resilience initiatives that have been prioritized by each city. The panel from NLC and ASU report on the program and three case studies of the pilots – Tempe, Portland Me, and W Palm Beach.
Climate Changes Health: Community Design and Transportation


Learn how climate change strategies can improve community design and transportation practices. Presenters discussed approaches to support healthy, equitable communities. This is the third webinar supporting the American Public Health Association’s “Year of Climate Change and Health”.
How Sustainable is Our Global Climate Ethos


This webinar convened leaders in a public conversation that touched on these critical questions and that can inspire local conversations and ideas to advance cross-sectoral collaborations.
Biophillic Cities, Integrating Nature into Urban Design and Planning


Island Press and the Security and Sustainability Forum participated in a free webinar featuring Tim Beatley, Chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning and Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia and author of “Handbook of Biophilic City Planning & Design“. Tim discussed the principles of biophilia and used Washington,D.C. as an example biophilic city.
Ending Energy Poverty


Clark Miller moderated the session. As part of the ASU LightWorks leadership team, he coordinates social science, humanities, and policy research on energy transitions, seeking to understand the social dynamics and societal implications of large-scale changes in energy systems.
Seeing the Better City


Join the Security and Sustainability Forum and Island Press in an urban planning and design webinar featuring Charles Wolfe, author of “Seeing the Better City“, focused on the sights, sounds, and experiences of place in order to craft policies, plans, and regulations to shape better urban environments.
Integrating Environment and Health


Moderator Michelle Wyman and the panel discussed the interface between health and the environment, where interactions among people, the environment, and other living organisms affect the risk of toxicologic and infectious disease.
Enhancing National Security Through Conservation Partnerships


Moderator Rebecca R. Rubin and the panel focused on implementing conservation partnering programs between the military services and public and private conservation stakeholders, to enhance military readiness through habitat protection.
Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man


Moderator Lucy Moore, mediator, facilitator, trainer and consultant, spoke with Jason Mark on the importance of wild places in America and how stakeholders can work together to resolve their environmental disputes.
Why Investing in Nature Makes Economic Sense


Moderator Mark Tercek, President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, led a discussion 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.
How Can a Sustainability Degree Help Raise Your Career Trajectory?


Moderator Bruno Sarda held a session that covers courses on systems integration, governance and facilitation, analysis and synthesis of diverse concepts, communication and social media, organizational effectiveness as well as the science of sustainability prepare sustainability graduates for careers inside and outside of the environmental market place. Panelists included Curtis Shaw, Camille Aylmer, Tim Trefzer and David Mayer. The session was hosted by the National Council on Science and the Environment, Second Nature and the American Association for Sustainability in Higher Education.
Innovative Approaches to Sustainability Education at U.S. Universities Webinar: How to Prepare Future Sustainability Leaders


Moderator Shirley Vincent, Director of CEER of National Council of Science and the Environment, hosts this webinar, where attendees learn how leading U.S. universities provide future sustainability leaders with the modern education they need now, and in order to move the sustainability field forward. The webinar was designed for educators, practitioners, students, and parents of future leaders.
Recommendations from the Resilience & Preparedness Task Force Webinar


Moderator Ira Feldman, President and Senior Counsel, greentrack strategies, University of Pennsylvania, and Climate Adaptation Scholars (TM) leads discussion with members of President Obama’s Resilience & Preparedness Task Force to present the Task Force’s report and recommendations made to the White House.

The Case for New Climate Change Metrics


Moderator Bill Karsell, Chair, US Sub-Technical Advisory Group (ST5) to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) subcommittee on Life Cycle Assessment leads this discussion bringing viewers up-to-speed on the latest climate science, the limits of current climate accounting methods, and how new, updated climate metrics can overcome these hurdles, and also provide new insights into the identification of effective climate mitigation solutions.

Community Engagement on Climate Response Decisions – The COAST Model


Samuel Merrill and Jonathan “J.T.” Lockman, President and Vice President of Environmental Planning with Catalysis Adaptation Partners present and explain COAST.
The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change


Moderator Linda Rudolph and the panel discussed the Lancet Countdown which will develop indicators to track the world’s response to climate change, and the health benefits that result from it.
Climate Justice Changes Health: Local, Tribal, Global, and Generational


Moderator Linda Rudolph and the panel discussed climate justice and healthy communities. They are exploring how climate justice is the best strategy to address both climate change and health inequities in the US and around the world.

National Climate Assessment Series

The Fourth National Climate Assessment and Outcomes from the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn – COP 23


Moderator Kathy Jacobs, NCSE Executive Director Michelle Wyman will facilitate the discussion between NCSE Senior Fellow Kathy Jacobs and Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Climate Scientist, as they review the high points of the report and the draft of the second volume. Thereafter, Second Nature President Tim Carter will provide a first-hand summary of the events and outcomes during the UNFCCC COP 23 meetings held in Bonn, Germany.
The National Climate Assessment Recommendations and Implications


Moderator Kathy Jacobs, Director, Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions, University of Arizona, formerly, Director of the National Climate Assessment, and Assistant Director for Climate Assessments and Adaptation, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy leads this examination.
Preparing the Nation for Change: Building a Sustained National Climate Assessment Process


Moderator James Buizer, Professor & Director of Climate Adaptation and International Development, University of Arizona leads discussion with Sharon Hays, Amy Luers, Richard Moss, and Anne Waple.
Creating a Long-Term Vision: The Sustained Climate Assessment


Moderator Jim Buizer, Director of the Climate Adaptation and International Development Program in the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona leads this discussion.
Findings from the National Climate Assessment


Moderator David Hales, President and CEO of Second Nature and NCADAC member, hosts Kathy Jacobs, T.C. Richmond, and Jim Buizer, to explain the NCA process and the importance of the assessment’s findings.
Implications of the National Climate Assessment


Moderator David Hales, President and CEO of Second Nature and NCADAC member, hosts Lynne Carter, Mark Shafer, and Sue Tierney, to look at regional findings, climate adaptation, and energy implications.

Professional Sustainability Certification

Sustainability in Your Sector: Exploring the Potential of Professional Sustainability Certification


Moderator Ira Feldman, President and Senior Counsel, greentrack strategies, hosts Marsha Willard, Jeff Soule, Felicia Braunstein, Mitchell Thomashow, Larry Falkin, Rich Goode, and Ed Pinero to discuss the merits and disadvantages of creating an industry standard in sustainability
Structuring Sustainability: What would a Professional Certification look like?


Moderator Ira Feldman, President and Senior Counsel, greentrack strategies, hosts Ron Leighton, Bill Meffert, Elisa Kahn, and K.J. McCorry to look at certification scheme structures from other disciplines.

Urbanization in a Growing World Series

Session 1: Urbanization and Growth on a Finite Planet


Moderator Jay Knott, Abt Associates’ Executive Vice President for Global Business, hosts Judy Baker, Susan Wachter, Eugenie Birch, Blair Ruble, Susan Hill, and Carlos Martín, to introduce challenges posed by climate change and rapid urbanization.
Session 2: Food Security in an Urbanizing World


Moderator Constantin Abarbieritei, Abt Associates’ Division Vice President, International Economic Growth, hosts Alan Kelly, Ed Keturakis, and Charles Godfray, to explore food system challenges.
Session 3: Growing Urban Infrastructure with a Shrinking Footprint


Moderator Rodolfo Camacho, Abt Associates’ Vice President, International Economic Growth Division, hosts Eugenie Birch, Jerry Stedge, Georges Darido, and Joe Lombardo, to discuss energy, transportation, water, and housing infrastructure challenges and innovative approaches.
Session 4: Climate Change is in our Business: Urbanization and Economic Growth in the 21st Century


Moderator Constantin Abarbieritei, Abt Associates’ Division Vice President, International Economic Growth, hosts Marc A. Weiss, Michele Laird, Djordjija Petkoski, and Mathew Forstater, to look at the business case for sustainability at different scales in the public and private sectors.
Session 5: Governing Climate Change: Shifting Priorities in Urban


Moderator Andrew Stoeckle, Abt Associates’ Vice President, International Economic Division, hosts Marcia Gowen Trump, Adhir Kackar, Sam Merrill to talk about smart growth and community engagement.
Session 6: Shaping Urban Resilience: How Government and Non-government organizations Work Together in Disaster Response and Preparedness


Moderator Peter Saundry, Executive Director of the National Council for Science and the Environment hosts Ellis Stanley, Kevin F. Kelley, Joe Ruiz, and Daniel Craig, to discuss collaboration to improve disaster response.
Session 7: Community Shared Solar and Urban Neighborhoods


Moderator Dave Beumi, Senior Director, Gehrlicher Solar America leads this discussion on community shared solar and urban neighborhoods.
Session 8: Empowering Communities to Find Resilient Solutions to Extreme Events


Moderator Lucy Moore, President of Lucy Moore Associates, Inc. leads this webinar on communities finding resilience in the face of extreme events.
Session 9: A Conversation With Vancouver Deputy City Manager, Sadhu Johnston, About Sustainability Leadership


In this 60 minute online interview SSF’s Managing Director, Ed Saltzberg, leads a discussion with Sadhu Johnston about what Vancouver and other cities, collaborating as part of The Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), are doing that can be emulated by municipalities across the globe.
Session 10: A Conversation with NYC’s Chief Urban Designer Alexandros Washburn


In this 60 minute online conversation with Alexandros Washburn, Ed Saltzberg is joined by Antioch University New England’s Department of Environmental Studies Director, Michael Simpson, to lead the interview.
Session 11: Connecting Oceans and Cities: Rethinking a Crucial Relationship to Drive Innovative and Sustainable Urban Development


Moderator Timothy Beatley, Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, and University of Delaware author and marine affairs expert, Richard Burroughs, explore the connections between urban design, resource extraction, and educating urbanites about the wonders of oceans – and the impacts that emerging, coastal-focused practices can advance economies, social cohesion, and public health.
Session 12: Transforming Communities through Urban Architecture: A Conversation with Jaime Lerner and Hilary Brown


Moderator Jaime Lerner leads this conversation with Hilary Brown to examine why changes to a community don’t need to be large-scale and expensive to have a transformative impact.
Session 13: Designing and Planning for Healthy Cities – A Conversation With Richard Jackson, Tim Beatley and Georges Benjamin


Moderator Georges Benjamin, Executive Director of APHA, hosts panelists Richard Jackson and Tim Beatley to discuss creating cities that are compelling and healthy places to live, work, and play.
Session 14: The Tactical Urbanism Movement: Short-term Action for Long-term Change


Moderator David Weinberger, City Partnerships Director at ioby leads this examination of tactical urbanism with Michael Lydon, co-author of Tactical Urbanism, and fellow urban experts Valerie Watson of LA DOT, and Alexandros Washburn, professor and founding director of the Center for Coastal Resilience and Urban Xcellence (CRUX) at the Stevens Institute of Technology.

“>Run up to Rio +20 Series

Session 1: Increasing Collaboration to Build a Sustainable Future


Moderator Georges Dyer, Vice President of Second Nature, leads this discussion with Chantal Line Carpentier, Alan Hecht, Paul Rowland, Roy Koch, Rose Johnson, Dennis McGinn, Jennifer Layke, and Neil Hawkins, to look at how industry and higher education can collaborate to move us toward Rio +20 goals
The Importance of Rio +20


Moderator Ira Feldman, President and Senior Counsel, greentrack strategies, leads this discussion featuring Amy Fraenkel, Felix Dodds, Chris Turner, and Lawrence Gumbiner giving public, private, and non-profit perspectives on expectations for Rio + 20.

Adaptions to Protect Security in a Changing Climate Series

Session 1: Adaptation and Security in a Changing Climate


Moderator Eileen Shea, Chief of NOAA’s Climate Data Center, hosts Lynne Carter, Missy Stults, and Rowan Douglas, in an overview discussion to set the stage for the rest of the series.
Session 2: Food and Water Adaptations to Protect Security in a Changing Climate


Moderator G. Tracy Mehan, Former EPA Office of Water Assistant Administrator and Cadmus Group Principle, hosts Peter Gleick, Ed Pinero, and Jay Knott, to discuss climate threats to potential shifts in the food and water supply.
Session 3: Infrastructure Adaptations in a Changing Climate


Moderator Lynn Scarlett, Former Department of Interior Deputy Secretary and Co-Director of RFF’s Center for the Management of Ecological Wealth, hosts Lindene Patton, Pau Harrison, and Kevin Shafer, to talk about local and regional solutions.
Session 4: Climate Change and Health – Risks, Preparedness, and Transformation


Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, Director of Global Environmental Health at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, hosts Doctors Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, Ann Lion, Andy Haines, and Alistair Woodward, to discuss the co-benefits to human health of mitigating climate change.
Session 5: Economic Vitality in a Changing Climate


City sustainability planners Karen Weigert and Lykke Leonardsen, from Chicago and Copenhagen join insurance, investment, and financing innovators Jeb Brugmann, Mindy Lubber, and Lindene Patton, to discuss uccessful infrastructure and capacity building investments that are meeting the dual goals of sustainability and economic vitality.

Water Management Series

Session 1: Bottomland Ecosystems Restoration


Moderator Patrick McGinnis, Water Resources Team Leader with The Horinko Group, hosts Charles Deutsch, Mickey Heitmeyer, and Lyle Guyon, to talk about adaptive management of natural systems.
Session 2: Civic Engagement – A Tool for Optimizing Community Water Resources


Moderator Anne Lewis, Director of America’s Waterways, explains what she and her panel of public engagement experts cover in sustainable water management practices, with Robyn Colosimo, Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer, and Tim Bonnemann.
Session 3: Raising Water Resource Awareness in the Next Generation


Moderator Patty Hagen PhD, Executive Director, The Audubon Center at Riverlands, hosts Kimberly Rea, Marcia Lochmann, and Rebecca Steiner, to discuss how to organize around water.
Session 4: The Mississippi River: Is Sustainable Infrastructure a Watershed Solution?


Moderator Robert Sinkler, Director of Water Infrastructure at The Nature Conservancy hosts this conversation about sustainable infrastructure as a watershed solution, particularly using the Envision™ framework, with William Bertera, Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure, and Anne Lewis, Founder and Director of America’s Waterway.

Industry and Sustainability Series

Session 1: GSA’s 2011 Green Building Priorities


Moderator Karla Perri, Principal, The Spectrum Group and former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Environment, hosts Bob Wassman, Darlene Pope, and Kevin Kampschroer, to talk about green building priorities.
Session 2: Growing Your Business Through Corporate Sustainability, The Walmart and Waste Management Story


Moderator Tim Fields, former EPA Assistant Administrator, hosts Richard Daley from Wal-Mart and Sue Briggum from Waste Management to talk about corporate sustainability programs.

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