Water Future: A New Generation of Sustainability Leaders

Water Future

The TD Walter Bean (TDWB) High School Lecture is back and in person!

This is a free annual event that brings into focus important environmental issues and promotes a legacy of community involvement and commitment to youth. We are inviting students in grades 8*-12 to join us on Thursday, June 9, 2022, at 10am at Federation Hall for, Water Future: A New Generation of Sustainability Leaders.  

Our Speakers

Amber WutichDr. Amber Wutich

This year we have the privilege of welcoming Dr. Amber Wutich, President’s Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Global Health at Arizona State University, and our 2021 TD Walter Bean Professor . An expert on water insecurity and mental health, Dr. Wutich directs the Global Ethnohydrology Study, a cross-cultural study of water knowledge and management in 22 countries. Dr. Wutich has published four books and over 100 articles, and edits the journal Field Methods. Her teaching has been recognized with awards such as Carnegie CASE Arizona Professor of the Year.

Isabel JorgensenIsabel Jorgensen

A PhD candidate in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability. She comes from southern California but has been living abroad for the last 6 years in Ireland, the UK and now Canada. Her research mainly explores competition for shared water resources and how conflict and cooperation can yield sustainable and equitable outcomes for the environment and society. More specifically, she looks at how systemic transitions impact terminal saline lakes and the consequent systemic responses. Beyond researching the environment, she enjoys helping the environment and her community by volunteering and working in student environmental groups.

Dax DasilvaDax Dasilva

Dax Dasilva is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Lightspeed Commerce Inc. a one-stop commerce platform for retail, hospitality and golf merchants around the world and the Founder of Age of Union a non-profit environmental alliance that works to protect the planet’s threatened species and ecosystems.

Sarah BurchSarah Burch  (moderator) 

Dr. Sarah Burch holds a Canada Research Chair in Sustainability Governance and Innovation, and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, Canada. She is an expert in transformative responses to climate change at the community scale, innovative strategies for making progress on sustainability, and the unique contributions that small businesses can make to this solving this complex challenge.


Bus Arrival: 9:00am-9:30am (Bus subsidy is available but are limited)

Registration: 9:30am

High School Lecture: 10:00am-12:00pm

Complimentary lunch: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Optional campus tour: 1:00pm-2:00pm*

Registration Deadline: May 30, 2022*

*Unfortunately we have reached our capacity for campus tours.

*Registration has been extended to June 1, 2022

For any required assistance connected to the event, email Vestiana Powell.