Events Calendar

Dark Commerce and Corruption: Undermining a Sustainable Future @ Russell E. Train Conference Center
May 23 @ 4:30 pm

About the Seminar

The global trade of goods has drastically and fundamentally changed in recent years. The illicit trade of natural resources and associated corruption threatens both biodiversity and the sustainability of our planet. This illicit activity is insidious: decimating wildlife, threatening our oceans and forests, and undermining responses to climate change. Forests are illegally felled, carbon markets are hijacked by criminals, illegal pesticides destroy the soil, and more.

Louise Shelley, author of Dark Commerce: How a New Illicit Economy is Threatening our Future, will share research from her 2018 book on how globalization and technological advances have fueled the exponential growth of dangerous illicit trade. Elizabeth Hart, Chief of Party of the Targeting Natural Resource Corruption Project, will discuss the challenges that corruption poses in this context, and how the global community can no longer afford to ignore it.

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About the Speakers

Dr. Louise Shelley is the Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Endowed Chair and a University Professor at George Mason University. Dr. Shelley directs the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC), which she founded. She is a leading expert on the relationship between terrorism, organized crime and corruption, human trafficking, and transnational crime and terrorism. She also specializes in illicit financial flows and money laundering. Her newest book, Dark Commerce, on illicit trade and sustainability, was released in 2018 with Princeton University Press. She has spoken at various international fora and universities, both in the United States and abroad, on transnational crime, terrorism, human trafficking, illicit trade, and corruption.






Dr. Elizabeth Hart is Chief of Party for the Targeting Natural Resource Corruption (TNRC) project at WWF. Supported by USAID, the goal of TNRC is to strengthen anti-corruption knowledge and practice to improve biodiversity outcomes by reducing threats posed by corruption to wildlife, fisheries and forests. Liz has more than twenty years of experience in governance and anti-corruption analysis and practice in the international development sphere. In addition to a 14-year career with USAID, she was formerly the director of the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre and an active consultant in governance, anti-corruption and development.

High-Performance Office: Efficient + Healthy = Productive @ DPR Construction Offices
May 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join the George Mason Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship on a case study tour of the offices of DPR Construction in Reston, Virginia – an award-winning office space and living laboratory for the design and construction of office spaces of the future. The space is designed to the highest environmental and energy efficiency standards and is among the handful in our market to target net-zero energy use. The space is also among the first and largest in Northern Virginia to be built to WELL standards that measure, monitor and certify the built environment’s impact on occupants’ wellbeing and health.

Chris Hoffman, Northeast Preconstruction Leader of DPR Construction, and Chris Gorthy, Project Executive of DPR Construction, will lead this case study tour.

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Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture e-Conference @ Online
Jun 3 – Jun 5 all-day

Nutrition-sensitive agriculture offers great potential for Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG 2: Zero Hunger) as it connects agricultural development to improved nutrition outcomes. Examples of nutrition-sensitive agriculture interventions are bio-fortification, home vegetable gardens, and small animal rearing (Ruel et al. 2018). Since many nutrition-sensitive agriculture interventions have been applied in recent years, this event aims to: 1) Take stock of what we have learned so far about nutrition-sensitive agriculture, i.e. what works and what does not work, and under what conditions? 2) Share and discuss this knowledge with practitioners in the field (e.g. farmers, extension workers, NGOs and policy makers) and 3) Turn the evidence base into concrete recommendations for practitioners to implement effective nutrition-sensitive interventions in agricultural development.

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The Nature of Cities Summit @ Marie Curie Campus of the Sorbonne University
Jun 4 – Jun 7 all-day

This is a gathering of The Nature of Cities community where thought leaders from communities of practice, policy, and academia come together to discuss the nature of cities—green cities that are better for people and nature. The TNOC Summit is committed to convening diverse voices and actors in support of propelling a movement for collaborative green cities.

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Sea of Shadows Special Screening @ JC Cinema
Jun 5 @ 7:30 pm

Sea of Shadows, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2019 and won the Audience Award, is a powerful documentary featuring Operation Fake Gold and the work of the Elephant Action League’s undercover teams lead by Andrea Crosta, EAL executive director and co-founder. After the screening, Andrea Crosta and former FBI Special Agent Mark Davis, (both featured in the film), will talk about intelligence and undercover operations applied to environmental protection.

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6th International Conference Energy & Meteorology @ Technical University of Denmark’s Lyngby Campus
Jun 24 – Jun 27 all-day

The core theme of this year’s conference is “exploiting the latest weather and climate technology to tackle the energy transition.” This unique platform offers the opportunity to learn how meteorological and climate information can help the energy industry develop more resilient and cleaner energy systems that will help to mitigate the effects of climate change and global warming.

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2019 Education, Ethics, & Values for Sustainability @ Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development, University for Peace
Jul 1 – Jul 5 all-day

This program offers an opportunity to deepen understanding on the concept of sustainable development and its implications for education, learning, and change. It explores practical methods for introducing sustainability values into educational settings, and uses the Earth Charter as an essential foundation for sustainability.

The program cost includes materials, refreshments, lunch, local transport, and certificate of completion. There is a 30% discount for groups of three or more.

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Universities and Climate Change: Understanding and Managing the Extreme Impacts of Climate Change @ University of Warsaw
Jul 4 – Jul 5 all-day

Many universities across the world perform state-of-the art research on matters related to climate change, both with respect to mitigation and adaptation. Yet, as shown by the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UN Convention on Climate Change (COP 21) held in Paris in 2015, there is much room for improvement in the role played by universities in the negotiations and in influencing decision-making on a matter of such a global importance.

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High-level Political Forum 2019 @ New York, USA
Jul 9 – Jul 18 all-day

The High-level Political Forum, the United Nations central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, provides for the full and effective participation of all States Members of the United Nations and States members of specialized agencies.

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Workshop on Sustainable Resource Conservation and Recovery in Transportation @ National Academy of Sciences
Jul 14 – Jul 16 all-day

This year’s theme of sustainable resource conservation and recovery in transportation continues the Committee focus on resource conservation and recovery issues affecting transportation and associated infrastructure, including but not limited to:

• Recycling/Upcycling, reuse, and repurposing of waste and industrial byproducts
• Renewable energy alternatives in roadway design
• Alternative and innovative use of transportation right-of-ways
• Climate change driven sustainable and resilient transportation system design
• Life-cycle sustainability of transportation infrastructure/systems
• Multimodal transportation and sustainability practices
• Contamination risk management
• Environmental management systems
• Stormwater management
• Winter roadway maintenance and risk mitigation

This will be the 18th consecutive workshop hosted by the Committee, continuing its promotion of thoughtful leadership on contemporary and forward looking environmental, energy, resource efficiency and waste minimization issues surrounding transportation systems.

This year’s workshop will be at the historic National Academy of Sciences located in the nexus of transportation concept development and planning, Washington DC.  Federal, State, and local transportation agencies, practitioners, and academicians will gather to review existing practices and tackle the challenges to develop environmentally sustainable, resilient, and efficient transportation infrastructures within the U.S.

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