Values, Democracy and Solutions for a Changing Planet

by Arturo Herrera on December 10, 2018

Ed Saltzberg, Executive 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.

SSF and CCL are aligned in our view of the importance of local action and bipartisan political activism to move governmental bodies toward rational climate mitigation policy and the incorporation of resilience planning into decision making.

Mark Reynolds Executive Director — Citizen’s Climate Lobby 

During his tenure, CCL has been marked by exceptionally rapid growth, with the organization doubling or tripling in size every year. Mark is an expert on helping disparate interests find common ground on energy, public policy, and the environment.

Edward Saltzberg
Managing Director — Security and Sustainability Forum
Ed is a founder of SSF, which convenes global experts to address impacts to society from natural and man made disruptions. Ed has been a senior officer in energy and environmental firms and a sustainability consultant to government agencies.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019 – 12:30 to 2:00 PM EST

How Do Policymakers Access and Use Data to Address Complex Problems from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo.

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Science is foundational to life and the planet as we know it. Policymakers understand this, as do scientists. However, the boundary-spanning between policymakers and scientists does not come naturally. Given the current vulnerabilities faced by places, people, ecosystems, and markets, it is essential to create more opportunities for policymakers and scientists to work effectively together. The dynamic tension created by the “pull” of policy and the “push” of science to be more relevant can create more durable and productive policies, while also facilitating stronger relationships between the scientific and decision-making communities.

In advance of the National Council for Science and the Environment 2020 Annual Conference on Science in Environmental Decision-Making, this webinar will explore examples shared by policymakers and scientists that demonstrate how evidence can more effectively serve decision-making.

Join the National Council for Science and the Environment, The School of Sustainability at Arizona State University, and SSF to explore opportunities for innovative governance structures at the science-policy interface.








Melanie Stansbury is proud and honored to serve in the New Mexico State House of Representatives. She cares deeply about our community and is dedicated to public service because she believes we can build a brighter future for our state and is passionate about addressing the issues our communities face. Melanie’s vision is to grow New Mexico’s local economy and meaningful jobs, rebuild our infrastructure and schools, lift up our communities and families, ensure our energy and water security, and honor and celebrate the unique cultures and landscapes that make us who we are.

Melanie is a native New Mexican that has spent her life working on community development and natural resource issues, including working with state, local, tribal, and non-profit organizations and in the White House Office of Management and Budget and United States Senate. Melanie is committed to meaningful change in New Mexico, because this is her home and she believes in our future. Her service on behalf of NM House District 28 is rooted in a grassroots and community-based approach to transforming our state government that begins with listening and serving people across the District and beyond.


Jeffery Warren, Research Director, North Carolina Policy Collaboratory.

Formally trained as a marine geologist, Jeff Warren has spent the past fifteen years in State-level science policy positions, including the coastal hazards policy specialist for the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management (2004 to 2010) and the science advisor for the North Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore (2011 to 2017).

Warren earned his BSc from the University of Arizona (1994), his MSc from Auburn University (1997), and his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2006). Warren’s academic research included field sites in the southeastern US, northern Mexico, the East and South China Seas, and Antarctica.

Daniel Sarewitz, Co-Director, Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, Arizona State University.

Daniel Sarewitz’s work focuses on revealing the connections between science policy decisions, scientific research and social outcomes. How does the distribution of the social benefits of science relate to the way that we organize scientific inquiry? His current activities include a project (with writer Lee Gutkind) on harmonies between science and religion.

Sarewitz edits the magazine Issues in Science and Technology, and is a regular columnist for Nature magazine. His article “Saving Science,” a broad assessment of the current crisis of quality and public value in the American research system, appeared in the summer 2016 issue of The New Atlantis magazine. His most recent book is The Techno-Human Condition (MIT Press, 2011), co-authored with Braden Allenby. Visit the CSPO online library for more.

From 1989 to 1993, Sarewitz worked on R&D policy issues as a staff member in the US House of Representatives, and principal speech writer for Committee Chairman George E. Brown, Jr. He received a doctorate in geological sciences from Cornell University in 1986. He now directs CSPO’s office in Washington, DC, and focuses his efforts on a range of activities to increase CSPO’s impact on federal science and technology policy processes, and its contributions to public dialogue on the social and political aspects of scientific and technological change.

Diana Epstein, OMB Evidence Team Lead, White House Office of Management and Budget.

Diana Epstein is the Evidence Team Lead at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The Evidence Team collaborates with other OMB offices on setting research priorities and appropriate evaluation methodologies, embedding findings from research and other forms of evidence into program design, and developing agency capacity to build and use evidence. The team also provides expert advice and technical assistance on evidence-related activities and initiatives for a broad range of Federal agencies and functions.

Diana was previously a research and evaluation manager at the Corporation for National and Community Service, and before that she worked as a program evaluator and policy analyst at Abt Associates, the American Institutes for Research, and the RAND Corporation. She has an MPP from the Goldman School at UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Erica Goldman, Science Policy Director, . Moderator.

In this role, she leads NCSE and its Member Institutions in building capacity to bridge science and policy to improve the scientific basis of environmental decision-making.

Erica has a varied background that includes science writing, policy, and academic research. Previously, Erica served as the director of policy engagement for COMPASS, a nonprofit organization that helps environmental scientists effectively share their knowledge in the public discourse and decision-making. She also served in a six-month position in the White House Council on Environmental Quality on the Land & Water Ecosystems Team.

She has worked as a science writer for the Maryland Sea Grant College Program; served as a Knauss marine policy fellow in the Natural Resources Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives; and worked as a news intern at Science Magazine. She received her doctorate in biology from the University of Washington and her bachelor’s degree from Yale University.


Thursday, November 7, 2019 – 1:15 to 2:15 PM EDT

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The Sacred Rivers Carbon Project utilizes Hivemind’s cutting edge mycelium technology, to create carbon banks within critical watersheds throughout Southeast Asia. These sites can help reverse catastrophic climate change and also prevent habitat and biodiversity loss, clean up air and water pollution, and provide local economic development that create jobs and can empower women. The projects will be sustained and scaled through the sale of carbon credits.

Join the Security and Sustainability Forum for an one-hour discussion with Hivemind and Sacred Rivers CEO Joseph Kelly, VP of Marketing Kylie Brown, and arborist Michael McCord about their regenerative agriculture work in Southeast Asia, the benefits planned for the local population and funding needed to launch the program at three pilot sites in 2019. Joseph will also update us on the HiveMind’s business development since he was last on an SSF program in the Spring.

If you’re interested in getting advanced information about the Sacred River Carbon Project investment opportunity, please email Joseph for details:



Rise 2019 Conference – The Role of Universities in Local Community Resilience
November 18-20, 2019  New York State University at Albany  Albany, New York
Rise 2019 will deliver three-days of technical workshops to explore how institutions of higher learning can collaborate to strengthen local preparedness, response and recovery efforts in the face of threats posed by a changing climate and extreme weather.
Using Hurricane Maria’s Puerto Rico as a case study, RISE sessions are designed to identify a set of actionable outcomes for institutions of higher education to establish a collaboration platform to help improve the well-being of communities vulnerable to climate change and extreme weather – arguably the most serious challenge our global society is facing today.
National Council for Science and the Environment NCSE is spearheading RISE in partnership with a growing number of universities. The RISE 2019 Conference will explore new strategies and approaches that bring the power of higher education to disaster mitigation.
I invite you to join your colleagues in seeking roles you can play in this important new university-driven initiative. Partial list of conference participants.


Farming Methods That Thrive in a Decarbonized World

by Arturo Herrera on September 30, 2019

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 – 1:15 to 2:45 PM EDT

Farming Methods That Thrive in a Decarbonized World from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo.

Technology is transforming nearly every aspect of our modern lives, and farming is no exception. The produce on your table tonight will have gotten there faster, fresher and more cost-effectively thanks to leading-edge technology in agriculture. However, farmers and farming face great threats including the production uncertainty of a changing climate and ecosystem impacts on the health of soils.
Agriculture research and the application of technology will become increasingly computerized in the decades ahead. Moisture sensors, drones, smart irrigation, terrain contour mapping, self-driving and GPS enabled tractors, advances in ecosystem services, and better soil management can help farmers produce food more sustainably.
Join LightWorks at ASU and SSF as we explore the latest research and advancements in agriculture methods. The panel will consider the benefits of rotational grazing and other soil management strategies to help farmers become more sustainable and resilient to changes in weather and ecosystem conditions. These advances are protecting jobs, creating new business opportunities, and improving the health of the planet.


Peter Byck is a professor of practice at Arizona State University, in both the School of Sustainability and the Cronkite School of Journalism. He is the director, producer and writer of Carbon Nation. Byck is currently in production for Carbon Nation 2.0 – an on-going series of short films produced in collaboration with ASU. He is also working with scientists and ranchers on soil health & soil carbon storage research via regenerative grazing – the focus of the film Soil Carbon Cowboys, and many more short films:
Byck’s public speaking engagements highlight his most unique discovery during the 10 years since starting carbon nation: liberals and conservatives in the U.S. are not polarized, as the popular press presents. And in the realm of energy and soil health, he’s realized that if the subject of climate change is tabled, there is vast agreement on how the country should approach our use of energy and agriculture: people are chomping at the bit for clean energy, energy efficiency, smart land use & healthy food. A large portion of Americans are willing to make sacrifices to get us to a low carbon economy – they’re just waiting for someone to lead. And, regarding soil health, people trust nature – no matter their political affiliation.
Debbie Reed has been selected to guide the new ESM Consortium as its Executive Director. Debbie has been working on this project and its activities since its inception. She has focused on GHG mitigation and ecosystem services from the agricultural sector since 1997, having worked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality as the Director of Legislative Affairs and Agricultural Policy; and in the U.S. Senate as a Senior Staff on natural resource and agricultural issues for U.S. Senator Robert Kerrey of Nebraska. Prior to that she held numerous leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including special assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics (REE), and special assistant to the Administrator of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS). Her work at USDA included serving on multiple bi-national commissions on agricultural science and technology; and as the USDA Executive Secretariat for the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans. She has graduate and undergraduate degrees in human nutrition/dietetics, chemistry, and communications.

J. Rene Villalobos is an associate professor in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering at Arizona State University. His research interests are in the areas of logistics, automated quality systems, manufacturing systems and applied operations research. Sponsors of Villalobos research include the National Science Foundation, Texas Advanced Technology Program, the Arizona Dept. of Transportation, U.S. Army and private industry.
Dorn Cox is a founding member of the Farm Hack community, the executive director for GreenStart, and a farmer working a 250-acre a multigenerational family farm with my wife, Sarah, and two boys. My participatory research focuses on collaborative open source research and development for regenerative agricultural systems.
I am a co-founder of the FarmOS software platform and have developed and shared systems for small-scale grain and oil seeds processing, biofuel production, and no-till and low-till equipment and cover crop systems to increase carbon capture and soil health.
I am also a founding member of the New England Farmers Union, the Great Bay Grain Cooperative, and the Oyster River Biofuel Initiative. I am an active member of Soil Renaissance as a member of the Measurement Committee. I serve as a county supervisor and vice-chair of the Strafford County Conservation District. Currently, I am vice president of the New Hampshire Association of Conservation Districts. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and a PhD from the University of New Hampshire in Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science.


21st Century Geopolitics of Energy” One Day GWU On-Campus and Live Streamed Course

September 26, 2019

November 18, 2019  – 8:30 am to 4:00 PM EST — Receive a GWU Professional Education Certificate REGISTER AT  Evaluating, forecasting, and positioning for financial and diplomatic opportunities, conflicts, and environmental implications in the 21st Century requires an understanding of the current geopolitics of energy and the risks, vulnerabilities and possibilities posed by shifts […]

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Tools to Guide Congregations Through the Energy Transition

September 20, 2019

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 – 1:15 to 2:45 PM EDT   Tools to Guide Congregations and Communities Through the Energy Transition from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo.   Download the slides here   Many faith-based organizations want to take action to help steward our environment, starting with their own buildings, but often don’t know […]

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How Big Data Can Quantify Community Social and Climate Risks – from neighborhoods to country levels

September 17, 2019

Wed, Oct 16, 2019 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM EDT How Big Data Can Quantify Community Social and Climate Risks – from neighborhoods to country levels from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo. DOWNLOAD THE SLIDES HERE   Poverty rates, education attainment, food insecurity, English fluency, greenspace, health and wellness, air and water quality, and […]

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Webinar – Vacant to Vibrant: Embedding green space in neighborhoods to clean water, cool cities, and bring equitable prosperity

September 17, 2019

Wed, Oct 23, 2019 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM EDT  Vacant to Vibrant_ Embedding green space in neighborhoods to clean water, cool cities, and bring equitable prosperity from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo. DOWNLOAD THE SLIDE HERE The webinar was hosted by Island Press and the Great Lakes Protection Foundation. Vacant lots, so often seen as neighborhood […]

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The Latest in the Electric Vehicle Market – What Sustainability Professionals Need to Know About EVs.

September 16, 2019

September 25, 2019 – 1:15 to 2:15 PM EDT The Latest in the Electric Vehicle Market – What Sustainability Professionals Need to Know About EVs. from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo. DOWNLOAD THE SLIDES Julian Bentley is a professor in George Washington University’s Environmental & Energy Management Institute teaching the popular online professional education […]

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Webinar – How Cities Are Paying for Climate Resilience

September 3, 2019

October 10, 2019  1:15 – 2:45 PM (EDT) How Cities Finance Climate Resilience from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo. DOWNLOAD THE SLIDES HERE Vanguard municipalities are finding replicable ways to pay for climate resilience investments. Cities that have begun implementing climate resilience projects have used distinct strategies to to obtain public and private financial […]

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