Webinars

NCSE webinars are designed to engage our community on a variety of topics. Recent webinar series included the Sustainable Infrastructure & Resilience Series and the Academic-Federal Dialogue Series. Check back often for updates regarding upcoming webinars. 

 

NCSE 2019 Webinar Series

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Past Webinars

NCSE 2019 Webinar Series

 

Note: The Q&A portion of this webinar was intentionally not recorded.

A Critical Juncture for Environmental Governance and Multilateralism Today: Is Science the Silver Bullet?

June 5, 2019

Strengthening the science-policy interface in global environmental governance has been a goal of international decision-makers since the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). An analysis completed by the UN in 2017 showed that while progress has occurred, opportunity for improvement remains. Given the current state of the world’s natural resources and ecosystems, longstanding multilateral mechanisms present a renewed opportunity for science to inform decision-making. This webinar examined ways to better integrate science in multilateral processes and to invite scientists to act as agents for change. 

Speakers: 

  • Melinda Kimble, Senior Fellow, Executive Office, United Nations Foundation 
  • Jillian Campbell, Chief Statistician, UN Environment
  • Seth Vaughn, Multilateral Affairs Division Chief, Office of Environmental Quality and Transboundary Issues, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, United States Department of State
  • Moderator: John Matuszak, NCSE Senior Fellow for International Strategy

Key Competencies for Sustainability Degree Programs

April 3, 2019

Speakers discussed the NCSE Community of Practice focused on "key competencies" in sustainability degree programs. The goal of this initiative, through an expert-based Delphi-Study and additional professional meetings, is to create a "consensus statement" on sustainability education program competencies. The webinar defined core competencies, learning outcomes, and frameworks; reported on the current state of research on key competencies in sustainability education; and highlighted the most utilized core competency systems.

Speakers:

  • Rod Parnell, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, NCSE; Co-chair, NCSE Sustainability Education Consensus Statement and Core Competencies Community of Practice; Coordinator of Academic Sustainability, Professor, School of Earth & Sustainability, Northern Arizona University
  • Peter Walker, Ph.D., Chair, NCSE Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD); Co-chair, NCSE Sustainability Education Consensus Statement and Core Competencies Community of Practice; Dean, Falk School of Sustainability and Environment, Chatham University
  • Katja Brundiers, Ph.D., Co-chair, NCSE Sustainability Education Consensus Statement and Core Competencies Community of Practice; Assistant Research Professor, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University (discussant)
  • Moderator: Michelle Wyman, Executive Director, National Council for Science and the Environment

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Sustainable Infrastructure & Resilience Webinar Series

In leading up to the 2019 Annual Conference, NCSE hosted a three-part webinar series in partnership with the Security and Sustainability Forum and Arizona State University. The webinar series explored science-based decision-making for local government, policy, and finance linked to the theme of Sustainable Infrastructure and Resilience.

Part Three: The Science of Resilience in Decision-Making

December 2018

Speakers led a multi-disciplinary discussion on climate resilient infrastructure that explored resilience as a paradigm to understand infrastructure at a systems level; social science as a critical component in planning for and understanding resilience; resilient design as a continuum, rather than an endpoint; and the role of social and institutional infrastructure in disaster response and planning for climate impacts.

Speakers:

  • Erica Goldman, Ph.D, Science Policy Director, National Council for Science and the Environment (Moderator)

  • Thomas Seager, Associate Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Arizona State University

  • Patricia Solis, Executive Director, Knowledge Exchange for Resilience, Arizona State University

  • Jennifer Tobin, Deputy Administrator, Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado

  • Joe Manous, Director, Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

 

Part Two: The Intersection of Financial Risk and Climate Resilience

November 2018

Financial experts from industry, academia and local government discussed markets and mechanisms that support and advance resilience.

Speakers:

  • Joyce Coffee, Senior Sustainability Fellow, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University (Moderator)

  • Kurt Forsgren, Managing Director of U.S. Public Finance, S&P Global Ratings

  • Samantha Medlock, Head of North American Capital, Science and Policy, Willis Towers Watson

  • James McMahon, CEO of The Climate Service

Part One: Actionable Science Solutions for Local Resilience

October 2018

As a follow-up to the webinar Rebuilding in Puerto Rico: Universities as Leaders in Community Resilience, speakers shared successful practices at the local science-policy intersect focused on resilience strategies, policies, and sustainable infrastructure. This webinar discussed in further detail the work that NCSE launched which focused on the role of universities in local resilience.

Speakers:

  • Lauren Keeler, Assistant Research Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University (Moderator)

  • Cecilio Ortiz García, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez

  • Grant Davis, General Manager, Sonoma County Water Agency

  • Janice Beecher, Professor and Director, Institute of Public Utilities, Michigan State University

 

 

 

 

Rebuilding in Puerto Rico: Universities as Leaders in Community Resilience

May 2018

Long before Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, the University of Puerto Rico established the National Institute for Energy and Island Sustainability (INESI) as a collaborative platform to understand and address the infrastructure issues being faced by the campus system and island. In collaboration with Arizona State University’s Julian Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and the Security Sustainability Forum, NCSE convened speakers to learn 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.

Speakers:

  • Gary Dirks, Director, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University (Moderator)

  • Cecilio Ortiz García, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez

  • Jennie Stephens, Ph.D, Associate Director for Strategic Research Collaborations, Global Resilience Institute (GRI), Northeastern University

  • Clark Miller, Ph.D, School for the Future of Innovation in Society and Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University

 

Academic Federal Dialogue Webinar Series

NCSE and the Security and Sustainability Forum (SSF) organized a series of webinars for NCSE Member Institutions. These webinars, featuring leaders within federal agencies, provide more information about research, funding, educational collaboration and partnership, and other programs happening in their agencies.

 

 

Part Two: A Federal Perspective on Sustainable Infrastructure: Priorities, Investment, and Opportunities

December 2017

Part Two continued the discussion on sustainable infrastructure and building resilience. Speakers reviewed the priorities, investments, and opportunities for sustainable infrastructure in today's world focusing on a broad array of infrastructure including natural, built, social, and cyber infrastructure.

Speakers:

  • Jeanette Thurston, Ph.D, Science Program and Analysis Officer, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture

  • Robert Vallario, Program Manager, Integrated Assessment Research in Biological and Environmental Research, Department of Agriculture

  • Gary Matlock, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Programs and Administration and Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

 

Part One: A Federal Perspective on Sustainable Infrastructure: Priorities, Investment, and Opportunities

October 2017

Part One reviewed the priorities, investments, and opportunities for sustainable infrastructure in today's world.

Speakers:

  • Jack Kaye, Ph.D, Associate Director for Research of the Earth Science Division, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • Shari Schaftlein, Director of Office and Human Environment and Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty, Federal Highway Administration

  • Robert O’Connor, Ph.D, Program Director, Decision Risk and Management Services in the Social Behavioral and Economic Directorate, National Science Foundation