Island Press Events


ASU Stephens

ASU Sustainability Series -- Diversifying Power

Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 1:00pm MST

In additon to her other roles at Northeastern University, Jennie Stephens directs strategic research collaborations at the University's Global Resilience Institute.

In her new book, Diversifying Power: Why We Need Antiracist, Feminist Leadership on Climate and Energy, Stephens argues that the key to addressing the climate crisis is diversifying leadership so that antiracist, feminist priorities are central. All politics is now climate politics, so all policies -- from housing to health -- now have to integrate climate resilience and renewable energy.

Join us to hear inspirational stories of leaders who are leveraging the power of collective action to create structural, transformative change.

Moderated by Kris Mayes, director of ASU's Utility of the Future Center.


ioby and Island Press webinar: Right of Way: Organizing for equitable, walkable communities

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 1:00pm EDT

Healthy, vibrant communities are often places where you can walk safely to school, the grocery store, or just down the street to a neighbors house. Walkable communities are good for our physical health, but also our neighborhood's health. And yet, pedestrian deaths are up 50% in the last decade, and the stark geographic patterns of traffic violence tell a story about systemic inequality—where immigrants, the poor, and people of color are disproportionately impacted by traffic violence. In this live webinar, hear about some of the causes of this public-health crisis, and learn about some of the programs and movements that are beginning to respond. You'll also hear from every day neighbors who stepped up to address pedestrian safety in their communities, and see how you could do it too.


Panelists for the webinar are:

This webinar is co-hosted by ioby.


SPUR & WalkSF in Conversation with Angie Schmitt, Author of ‘Right of Way’

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 5:00pm EDT

Last year, 6,590 people were hit and killed while walking in the United States — the highest number in 30 years. In the new book, Right of Way, journalist Angie Schmitt shows us that these deaths are not unavoidable “accidents.” They don’t happen because of jaywalking or distracted walking. They are predictable, and occur in geographic patterns that tell a story about systemic inequality and the undeterred reign of the automobile in our cities. The victims are disproportionately people of color, immigrants, and poor. Far too often, the victims are unfairly blamed and forgotten. Join us to dive into the research and realities behind why pedestrians are dying, and how we can imagine and demand safer, equitable cities here in the Bay Area.

Co-presented by Walk San Francisco and Island Press.

+ Angie Schmitt / author
+ Marta Lindsey / Walk SF


Affordable City

ASU Stardust Center Event -- The Affordable City

Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 1:00pm PDT

Shane Phillips is an urban planner and policy expert, currently leading the UCLA Lewis Center Housing Initiative and teaching public policy as an adjunct instructor at USC. Phillips previously served as director of public policy for Central City Association, a Downtown LA business advocacy organization. He writes a popular blog on housing and transportation issues, Better Institutions.

US cities are struggling to address the twin crises of high housing costs and household instability. Debates over the appropriate course of action have been defined by two poles: building more housing or enacting stronger tenant protections. In his new book, The Affordable City, Phillips argues against this false dichotomy and offers tools for professionals seeking to improve affordability and increase community resilience through local action.

Moderated by ASU urban planner and sustainability scientist Deirdre Pfeiffer.


Baker ASU

ASU Sustainability Series -- Revolutionary Power

Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 1:00pm MST

Shalanda Baker is the co-director and co-founder of the Initiative for Energy Justice at Northeastern University.

Her book, Revolutionary Power, is a playbook for the energy transformation, complete with a step-by-step analysis of energy policy areas that are ripe for intervention. Baker argues that people of color, poor people, and indigenous people must engage in creating a new energy system to upend the unequal power dynamics of the current system.

Join us as Baker explains how this unique moment in history provides an unprecedented opening for a deeper transformation of the energy system,and thus, an opportunity to transform society.

Moderated by Kris Mayes, director of ASU's Utility of the Future Center.