Lecture to examine sustainability in metro Phoenix

October 6, 2011

“Urban Sustainability in the Age of Climate Justice: Lessons from Metro Phoenix” will be the topic of an Oct. 25 lecture at Arizona State University’s West campus. The presenter is Andrew Ross, a professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University and the author of the new book “Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World’s Least Sustainable City” (Oxford University Press).

Ross’ presentation is scheduled for 4:00-5:30 p.m., Oct. 25 in the Kiva Lecture Hall, in the Sands Classroom Building at the West campus, 4701 W. Thunderbird Road in Phoenix. The event is free and open to the public; visitor parking costs $2 per hour. A reception with Ross will follow his lecture. Andrew Ross Download Full Image

“The theme of Dr. Ross’ presentation is very lively and also controversial,” said Kristin Koptiuch, a faculty member in ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, which is hosting Ross’ visit as part of its ThinK (Tuesdays in Kiva) series. “Our goal is to encourage thoughtful discussion among people who care about the future of metropolitan Phoenix. But you can be sure this won’t be your typical ‘booster’ talk.”

In his lecture, drawn on his own research in the Phoenix area, Ross will argue that the key solutions to creating sustainable cities are more social than technical in nature. He believes that marketing a “green” lifestyle to affluent residents will create showplace sustainable enclaves, but will not alter the patterns of “eco-apartheid” that afflict most large U.S. cities.

Ross’ new book “Bird on Fire” is based on extensive interviews he conducted in metropolitan Phoenix and examines some of the region’s biggest challenges, including water management, urban growth, immigration policy, pollution, energy supply, and downtown revitalization, within the context of his arguments for policies that promote environmental justice.

Ross has authored numerous other books, including “Nice Work If You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times,” “Fast Boat to China: Corporate Flight and the Consequences of Free Trade; Lessons from Shanghai,” and “The Celebration Chronicles: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Property Value in Disney’s New Town.”

Several ASU departments collaborated with New College to cosponsor Ross’ appearance. They include Barrett, The Honors College; the Center for Critical Inquiry and Cultural Studies; the Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies; the Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences; the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences; and the Social Justice and Human Rights program.

For additional information about this and other ThinK events at the West campus, call (602) 543-4521. You can also visit the Facebook page for the event at https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=156117667814378.

ONEshot Global teams up with TOMS, facilitates life-saving vaccines

October 6, 2011

“We are just a group of college kids in ripped up jeans trying to save the world,” explains Tyler Eltringham, founder of ONEshot Global.

After winning the $10,000 grand prize in the 2011 ASU Innovation Challenge, Eltringham set to work on building his business. Replicating the “One for One” business model set forth by Blake Mycoskie of TOMS Shoes, ONEshot Global donates one meningococcal meningitis vaccination to the meningitis belt directly south of the Sahara desert in Africa for every shot given in the U.S. ONEshot Global Download Full Image

“We are a local solution to a global problem,” said Eltringham. “I did research and found out that there are around 4,000 cases of meningitis every year in the U.S. and 40,000 reported cases in the meningitis belt of Africa. With our model, one shot can save two lives.”

Meningitis is the inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, and is caused by infection with viruses, bacteria or other microorganisms. The Center for Disease Control recommends that students receive a meningitis shot, but does not require it for college entry. By facilitating these free vaccines, ONEshot is seeking to end the spread of this communicable disease on campuses around the country.

“We had our first vaccine drive the weekend of Aug. 13-15 on both the Tempe and Downtown Phoenix campuses, and provided over 300 free vaccinations to incoming college freshmen,” said Eltrigham.

Recently, ONEshot Global was featured in Mycoskie’s debut book “Start Something That Matters," along with noted entrepreneurs such as Tony Shay, founder of Zappos.com and Lauren Bush, founder of Project Feed.

“When I got the phone call asking us to be a part of the book it was surreal and I started crying,” said Eltringham. “Before ONEshot was started I wanted to be Blake Mycoskie and find a way to do good in the world. We knew from the start that TOMS would be important in our journey.”

Eltringham advocates that anyone with even the smallest idea pursue their dreams. He says that the key to success to is believing you can do it and having a clear focus of how you want to change the world.

ONEshot is focused on expanding to additional universities, and is currently recruiting for Local University Chapters at ASU, NAU and UA. To become a part of the One Saves Two movement, contact the National Board at info@oneshotglobal.com.