About the Institute

The Global Institute of Sustainability is the hub of Arizona State University’s sustainability initiatives. The Institute advances research, education, and business practices for an urbanizing world. Its School of Sustainability, the first of its kind in the U.S., offers transdisciplinary degree programs focused on finding practical solutions to environmental, economic, and social challenges.

Our Mission

ASU established the Global Institute of Sustainability to:

  • Articulate and exemplify ASU’s university-wide commitment to sustainability

  • Actively support and encourage ASU units and their partners in the teaching, learning, and discovery of sustainability  

  • Implement, extend, share and promote sustainable practices locally, nationally, globally

  • Connect scientists, scholars, humanists, engineers, technologists, policymakers, business leaders, students and communities to enhance the capacity to address  challenges of sustainability

Our Four Cornerstones

ASU’s framework for addressing the challenges of sustainability builds upon four cornerstones spanning disciplines, campuses, and institutional boundaries.

Our Strategy

The Global Institute of Sustainability provides leadership and coordination for university sustainability initiatives. Our first-ever School of Sustainability trains the next generation of sustainability practitioners, entrepreneurs, and leaders. An emphasis on sustainability across the curriculum directs coursework, research, and outreach toward solving today’s most important problems. A university-wide commitment to sustainable operations encompasses all units at all four campuses.

Our Focus on Urban Environments

With more than half of the world’s population living in cities, the key to global sustainability is making our cities sustainable. The Institute places special emphasis on urban environments in research and education, particularly focusing on Greater Phoenix as an urban laboratory where solutions to water, energy, transportation, and livability are largely applicable to other rapidly urbanizing areas around the world.

In 2004, Julie Ann Wrigley made a significant contribution to ASU to establish the Global Institute of Sustainability. From the Institute grew the nation's first School of Sustainability, which opened in 2007.
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ASU’s sustainability commitment reaches across all colleges and institutes.
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