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Arizona Forward is pleased to provide webinars that address key sustainability issues that impact Arizona. National and local speakers share useful information tailored to the state. Due to our escalating concerns related to climate change, beginning in May 2020, we launched a series of webinars focused on climate action covering a variety of topics. Scroll down to learn more. 

Arizona Businesses and Municipalities Taking Climate Action 

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Date: September 30, 2020

Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Arizona Time


Michael Bernier, Sustainability Director, Swire Coca-Cola USA

Sukki Jahnke, Vice President Marketing & Programs, Tempe Chamber of Commerce 

Ashley Mulhall, Senior Associate, High Performance and Sustainability Leader, Orcutt Winslow

Stephanie Rico, Senior Vice President, Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Wells Fargo

Moderator: Jon Ford, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Vitalyst Health Foundation, Arizona Forward, Board Chair

What You Will Learn and What You Can Do

Arizona is at a unique crossroad and the impact of climate change, in the form of extreme heat, wildfires and extended drought, can no longer be ignored on a local and statewide basis. Nationally, Fortune 500 companies and metropolitan cities have paved the way forward on sustainability planning and climate action. As Arizonans acknowledge this new reality, its public and private sectors must coordinate and collaborate to have a significant impact. In this webinar, Arizona businesses will highlight their sustainability best practices and actions to address climate change, and discuss strategies for collaborating with local municipalities to bolster statewide climate action planning and sustainability. Learn more about what you can do as an Arizona business or municipality.

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This panel is in partnership with the Sustainable Cities Network’s Climate Action Planning series involving the City of Tempe’s Office of Sustainability, the School of Sustainability, and the Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

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National Security in the Time of Climate Change

Hosted by

Held on: September 2, 2020

Speaker: Brigadier General Stephen Cheney, USMC (ret)

About the Speaker

Brigadier Genera; Stephen Cheney, USMC (ret.) is the President of the American Security Project (ASP). He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and has over 30 years of experience as a Marine.

Webinar Description 

Temperatures are climbing, storms are worsening, sea levels are rising and ice is melting; all of these scenarios have local, national and global security implications on our cities, businesses and our lives.  Arizonans are no stranger to climate change. By some estimates, Arizona is the fourth fastest-warming state, and Phoenix is the 2nd fastest-warming city in the U.S. This exclusive webinar will cover the key areas that impact Arizona cities, businesses and daily life.

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Confronting Arizona's Water Challenges in an Era of Change

Hosted By

Held on: June 25, 2020 


Ted Cooke, General Manager, Central Arizona Project and President, Water Utility Climate Alliance

Kathy Jacobs, Center for Climate Adaption Science and Solutions,University of Arizona 

Charlie Ester, Manager, Watershed Management, SRP

Webinar Description

The uncertainty of climate change is impacting national, regional and local water strategies. From the Colorado River Basin to water utility companies, the need for collaboration, tools and targeted practices is crucial to ensure Arizona continues to receive adequate water supplies and our systems remain resilient.  In this webinar, you will hear from experts on steps being taken today that are critical to the water strategies for Arizona, and critical to fuel the state’s expected growth and economic vitality. 

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Bending the Curve on Climate Change: What Businesses Can Do Today

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Held on:  Wednesday, May 27, 2020 


Toby Short, Associate Vice President, Federal Affairs, Environmental Defense Fund 

Bruno Narda, President, CDP North America and Professor of Practice, ASU School of Sustainability

Ann Becker, Vice President of Sustainability, Arizona Public Service  

Webinar Description

The focus on climate change during this pandemic is increasingly important.  Over the past few months, changes in business practices and human behavior have brought positive impacts to the global environment – reversing damage, revealing cleaner air and emerged wildlife. At the same time, the pandemic is demonstrating the vulnerability of economies and human health. 

With climate change projected to produce parallel economic and social impacts, what should we be doing now as we navigate through this pandemic?  Important climate change policies and plans at federal levels are taking a back seat and/or are being eliminated, creating a greater risk for our state and our nation. This webinar will address how your business or organization can support climate action in Arizona during this difficult time. Hear from national and local experts on how we ensure climate change remains a priority as we look to the future.


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