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ASU 2021 Sustainability Solution Festival Webinar Series: “Reimagining Our Global Futures”

For the past eight years, Arizona State University’s Robert and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions has hosted a February series of sustainability solutions events for professionals and students, called the Sustainability Solutions Festival. The 2021 theme is “Reimagining Our Global Futures” and will be delivered online because of COVID19. In support of this year’s Solutions Festival, the Walton Sustainability Solutions and LightWorks at ASU are hosting a weekly webinar series starting March 1st.

ASU 2021 Sustainability Solution Festival Webinar Series: “Reimagining Our Global Futures”

Data Centers as leaders in the Zero Carbon Economy. Learn tactics and strategies from companies that are paving the way

March 1, 2021; 1:15 to 2:15 PM EST


Overview

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Data centers will use more electricity in the future and are playing a piloting role in working on the zero-carbon solution. Learn what Microsoft and Iron Mountain are doing to develop smart systems that can synchronize with renewables. Learn how they are working with other companies in their ecosystems – where are the opportunities and where are the risks.

Moderator

Alicia Marseille, Director of Innovation at Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solution Service

Panelists

Jim Hanna, Director Datacenter Community Development, Microsoft

Kevin Hagen, VP ESG Strategy, Iron Mountain

How Chief Sustainability Officers Can Improve the Capacity and Capability to Meet Net Zero Goals

March 8, 2021; 1:15 to 2:15 PM EST


Overview

Beyond purchasing 100% renewable energy and making energy-saving capital investments, what actions (batteries, smart systems, carbon offsets) does your organization or community do to go for “net-zero carbon?” How do you create a framework to manage the risk and reward of being an early adopter of new tech?

Learn what risks are relevant in making good carbon reduction/offset decisions and how your actions can engage stakeholders inside and outside your organization. What frameworks can you use to manage key policy and implementation risks? Hear from sustainability managers from Xylem Inc, a global water company about their journey to decarbonize their supply chain and the efforts of the Responsible Business Alliance.

Moderator

Ryan Klenner, Business Development Manager at ASU LightWorks

Panelists

Austin Alexander, Vice President, Sustainability and Social Impact at Xylem Inc

Alberto Bozzi, Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer at Xylem Inc

Deborah Albers, Vice President, Responsible Business Alliance

Big organizations can use their scale to drive change both internally and within their supply chains. What are the challenges, risks, and rewards of collective and collaborative actions? Discover strategies for reducing carbon impacts through purchasing partnerships and practices.

Mon, Mar 22, 2021


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Overview

Big organizations can use their scale to drive change both internally and within their supply chains. What are the challenges, risks, and rewards of collective and collaborative actions? Discover strategies for reducing carbon impacts through purchasing partnerships and practices.

Moderator

William Brandt, Director of Strategic Integration for ASU LightWorks

Panelists

Robert Casamento, President and Chief Acceleration Officer, Givewith

Jimmy Jia, Principal, The Jia Group – Using energy as an intermediary between financial goals and environmental impact.

Kevin Dooley, Professor of Supply Chain Management at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University

From Farmers’ Market to Market Share: How the Organic Movement has Evolved

March 29, 2021


Overview

It has been 30 years since the USDA organic label became law. Since then, we’ve seen the organic sector grow into a multibillion-dollar industry, and organic farms thrive in every corner of the United States. What does the next 30 years hold for organic food?

Moderator

Kathleen Merrigan, Executive Director of the Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems at Arizona State University

Panelists

Catherine Greene, former USDA Economic Research Service Official

Mehan Debates, Director of Legislative Affairs and Coalitions for the Organic Trade Association