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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June 18, 2019 – 1:15 to 2:45 PM EDT –

The second webinar in the Faith and Climate Webinar Series will be a discussion with Fr. Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam, author of The Ten Green Commandments of Laudato Si’, Pope Frances’s second encyclical, “On Care for Our Common Home,” which asks “every person living on this planet” to begin a dialogue about the future of our world. The webinar is hosted by the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

The second webinar in the Faith and Climate Webinar Series will be a discussion with Fr. Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam, author of The Ten Green Commandments of Laudato Si’. This is about Pope Frances’ second encyclical, “On Care for Our Common Home,” which asks “every person living on this planet” to begin a dialogue about the future of our world.


June 4, 2019 – 1:15 to 2:45 PM EDT

The first webinar in the Faith and Climate Webinar Series with the Parliament of the World’s Religions will begin with faith-based perspectives supporting the plaintiffs in Juliana v. United States, the youth climate suit. The webinar will be moderated by David Hales, President Emeritus of College of the Atlantic and Chair of Climate Action for the Parliament. It will feature the Parliament’s lead counsel in its amicus curiae filing, Howard Learner of the Environmental Law and Policy Center.


May 22, 2019 – 1:15 to 2:45 PM EDT


Learn about an innovative technology that can identify trends at any scale: across an entire city down to a specific site, and can identify emergent epidemiological threats before they spread. Using Tempe, Arizona as a test case, we will look at how Tempe has tracked the opioid epidemic, and how it has led to specific actions and better outcomes.
Panelists Rolf Halden and Adam Gushgar with the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University and Stephanie Deitrick and Andrea Glass with the City of Tempe, will discuss the implications for use of this technology, and the potential benefits it offers at scale.
Join LightWorks at Arizona State University and SSF in this 90-minute session about this innovative technology that can have huge impacts on public health with radically less effort, cost, and invasion of privacy.
ROLF HALDEN, ModeratorRolf is a Professor of at Arizona State University, where he founded the Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering and the Human Health Observatory. His authored 200+ publications examining environmental and human health issues in populations worldwide via analysis of biochemical agents detectable in the water cycle. Rolf serves on the Expert Team of the American Chemistry Society and has been invited repeatedly to brief the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Academies, and members of U.S. Congress on environmental health and sustainability challenges.
STEPHANIE DEITRICKDr. Stephanie Deitrick is the Enterprise GIS and Data Solutions Manager for the City of Tempe, Arizona. She has over 15 years of experience in GIS and earned her PhD from Arizona State University, where she focused on GIS and public policy decision support. Her current responsibilities include overseeing enterprise GIS data and applications, collaborating with departments to help them leverage GIS and data to support Tempe’s strategic performance measures, as well as to develop both internal and public facing dashboards and visualizations.
ADAM GUSHARIAdam Gushgari received his PhD in Civil/Environmental Engineering studying under Dr. Rolf Halden at Arizona State University and is currently one of the co-founders of AquaVitas – a company focused on using wastewater monitoring as a tool to help curb the opioid epidemic – a crisis that has impacted him personally. A born and bred Arizona native – Adam uses his unique background of land development civil engineering, analytical chemistry, and his personal experiences to assist community stakeholders in understanding their drug and health problems through wastewater monitoring.
ANDREA GLASSAndrea is the Interim Assistant Chief over Community Risk Reduction for the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department. She has served the department for over 18 years and has extensive experience in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) serving as both the EMS Training Captain and EMS Deputy Chief. Andrea participates in the Regional Opioid Task Force and has served as a panel member on the opioid epidemic for the Arizona League of Cities, Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), and Tempe’s Opioid Town Hall. Andrea also teaches about opioid abuse awareness in Tempe. 
MAC McCULLOUGHMac McCullough’s research involves quantifying investments in public health and social services and assessing how these investments are put to use in order to improve population health. He recently led the development of a new data source to track spending on health and social services at the local level and has used these data to explore how communities’ spending can influence its health outcomes and rankings.
Professor McCullough serves as deputy director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded National Safety Net Advancement Center and as health economist at the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. He is chair of the Academy Health Public Health Systems Research interest group. He has previously worked at the National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Department of State.


click here for the webinar notes 

What is for dinner in the new carbon economy? The food industry is among the three largest emitters of greenhouse gases. Clearly the food system must transform operations to reduce its carbon footprint and help avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Sustainable growth requires a transformation in food systems through adoption of ag innovations, commercialization of plant-based meat substitutes, and dietary changes as well as policies and dietary guidelines that promote sustainable and resilience agricultural supply chains and consumer choices. How the public thinks about and accepts new food products is key to creating market demand for healthier and low carbon food. Join LightWorks and the Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems at Arizona State University and SSF in a 90-minute exploration about how sustainable food companies are leading this transition and can scale sufficiently to lower climate impacts and what research and nonprofit centers are doing to aid the global transition to sustainable, healthy and culturally appropriate food choices. Join SSF and LightWorks at Arizona State University in a 90 minute exploration of this critical topic.


Kathleen Merrigan

Merrigan(Moderator) currently serves as the Kelly and Brian Swette Professor in the School of Sustainability and as the inaugural Executive Director of the Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems at Arizona State University. Previously, Merrigan served as Deputy Secretary and COO of the United States Department of Agriculture. She is currently a board member of FoodCorps, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and the World Agroforestry Centre, and affiliated with two ag tech venture capital groups.

Walter Robb , An investor, mentor and advisor to the next generation of American food companies, former co-CEO of Whole Foods Market Walter Robb has a long and varied entrepreneurial history, ranging from natural food retailer to farmer to consultant. Robb joined Whole Foods Market in 1991 and in 2010 was named co-CEO, at which time he joined the Whole Foods Market Board of Directors. In 2017, Robb transitioned his leadership focus to mentoring and supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs through the creation of Stonewall Robb Advisors. Robb brings his considerable experience and network into each new project, and organizations of all sizes can benefit from his passionate approach to leadership and purpose driven business.

Rebekah Moses, leads impact strategy at Impossible Foods, a company addressing climate change and sustainable food futures through plant-based meat. Her work focuses on how product innovation and consumer behavior can maximize environmental outcomes and business growth. She works with Impossible Foods teams to integrate environmental and social mission into core strategy.



Daniel Vennard is Director of the Better Buying Lab within the World Resources Institute. He works with food companies and experts in behavior change and marketing to develop, test and scale new approaches that can help shift diets to more sustainable options. He has written and presented widely on how consumers can be shifted towards buying more sustainable products. He is on the Advisory Council of the Culinary Institute of Americas reThink Food program. In 2017 he was recognized as one of Procter & Gamble Alumni’s ‘40 Under 40’.

Future of Foods.2 3 pdf


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