Webinars

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

 

Upcoming Webinars

Key Competencies for Sustainability Degree Programs

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Eastern

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Every year, new sustainability degree programs are launched at colleges and universities across the country, joining a global trend of sustainability degree programs. The 2017 National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) Research Report "Scope of Interdisciplinary Environmental, Sustainability, and Energy Baccalaureate and Graduate Education in the United States" found that the number of interdisciplinary environmental, sustainability, and energy (IESE) degrees increased by 15 percent from 2012 to 2017, for a total of 2,361 degrees offered by 872 higher education institutions.

This effort raises important questions for the field of sustainability in higher education related to quality and standards, processes of program development and administration, and communicating the skills and abilities sustainability graduates would have to potential employers. In early 2018, NCSE launched a 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. Join this free webinar to learn about the significance of core competencies to academic programs, especially those in rapidly developing fields. 

Rod Parnell, Peter Walker, and Katja Brundiers will define what they mean by core competencies, learning outcomes, and frameworks; report on the current state of research on key competencies in sustainability education; and highlight the most utilized core competency systems. The speakers will present preliminary, aggregated data gathered through the Delphi-Study and workshops at professional meetings that focused on program-level learning outcomes related to key competencies in sustainability. The webinar will also discuss next steps to conclude the consensus building process.

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Speaker: 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
Speaker: 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
Discussant: 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

 

 
 

 

Past Webinars

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’s University and Community College members. 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