Hunch Lunch 2022

Energy Transformations:  The electrification of transportation

As energy generation becomes increasingly decentralized, and the need to decarbonize our transportation sector grows, what challenges and opportunities should we prepare to meet? We partnered with SRP to explore questions like this during our annual Hunch Lunch. Local experts in energy generation, electric vehicles, air quality, mining, community planning and more shared their hunches in 4-minute flash talks, sparking new ideas and connections.

Event Summary

The first step in exchanging knowledge is sharing hunches — ideas rooted in experience that have not yet been tested. Hunch Lunches facilitate this kind of exchange between sectors, breaking down knowledge silos and highlighting diverse forms of expertise. Speakers share flash talks about some of the most recent, pressing or interesting issues in their fields — sparks of knowledge that could help us move toward greater community resilience.

This year, the Knowledge Exchange for Resilience partnered with SRP to explore the theme of energy transformations, especially as they concern the transportation sector. Nine local experts in energy generation, electric vehicles, air quality, mining, community planning and more shared their hunches about the challenges and opportunities that will accompany these changes.

Watch the event recording here.

Date and time

June 14, 2022

11:30–1:30 p.m.


PERA Training and Conference Center

1 E Continental Dr.

Tempe, AZ 85281

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11:30 a.m. Lunch and mingling
11:50 a.m. Welcome Dr. Elizabeth Wentz, Vice Provost, Director and Principal Investigator
ASU Knowledge Exchange for Resilience
12:00 p.m. Hunches

Utility sector

  • Marc Campbell, Strategic Partnership Development Manager, SRP

Environmental quality and transportation

  • Amanda Luecker, Associate Transportation Planner, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality

Auto manufacturing

  • Kathy Knoop, Manager for Vehicle Grid Integration Solutions, General Motors

Copper & lithium mining:  Demand for fine metals

  • Andrea Vaccari, Director of Responsible Production Frameworks & Sustainability, Freeport-McMoRan

Health and clean air advocacy

  • JoAnna Strother, Senior Director for Advocacy, American Lung Association

Air quality and heat

  • Jenni Vanos, Assistant Professor, ASU School of Sustainability

Fossil fuels

  • Amanda Gray, Executive Director, Arizona Petroleum Marketers Association

Transportation electrification activation

  • John Heckman, Executive Director, Anthesis

Community adaptation:  Pedestrianizing a city

  • John Owens, Downtown Redevelopment Specialist
1:00 p.m. Small group discussions
1:20 p.m. Closing reflections