Global Institute of Sustainability News

Quantum Dots/Nanomaterials: Ingredients for Better Lighting, Reliable Power

March 13, 2009

Imagine flexible lighting devices manufactured by using printing techniques. Imagine solar power sources equally as reliable and as portable as any conventional power source.

Such advances are among aims of research at Arizona State University to find ways of more effectively harnessing solar power and producing more energy-efficient, durable and custom-designed light sources. The work is now drawing support from two international corporations.

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New Microscope to Advance Research, Education

March 13, 2009

Arizona State University will be home to one of the world’s most advanced electron microscopes, one that will enable researchers to do work essential to making significant advances in nanoscale aspects of solid state science and materials science and engineering.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Materials Research has approved a grant to fund ASU’s $5 million project to acquire an aberration-corrected transmission electron microscope that allows for the clearest possible views yet of matter at the atomic level.

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Phoenix Mayor to Unveil Lofty 17-Point Green Plan for Phoenix

March 11, 2009

Mayor Phil Gordon will use today’s State of the City address to outline an ambitious strategy to make Phoenix the first carbon-neutral city – and the greenest – in the entire country.

Green Phoenix, a 17-point plan developed in collaboration with Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability, would require about $1 billion in water, renewable energy, public-transit and other investments.

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Award to Transform Babble to Benefit


March 11, 2009

jwuWhat comes to mind when you look across grasslands? That they are major components of “drylands,” regions that cover more than 40 percent of the world’s land area and home to more than 25 percent of the global human population? Or, rather, lyric phrases, such as “Leaves of Grass” and “Amber waves of grain?”

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‘Gurus’ Clean Up Campus with Powerful Recycling Mission


February 25, 2009

Whispered rumors have reached us about a dedicated band of “Recycling Gurus” on ASU campuses who can enlighten students on how to improve the ecological footprints of their residence halls. The Gurus’ mantra for recycling compactors: “No glass, no plastic bags, no pizza boxes.” Repeat 50 times, please. We tracked down two of the Recycling Gurus and in a Q&A with the duo found out what makes them tick. Hailing from the Center Complex dorms, freshman Mechanical Engineering and Sustainability students Andrew Latimer and Alex Davis tell us more about their lives as Recycling Gurus…

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FBR Open Works to Get Greener


February 23, 2009


By Tara Alatorre, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

The golf course has gotten a little greener at the FBR Open in Scottsdale thanks to a two-year-old policy enacted to establish and encourage recycling. As a result, the nearly half a million fans at this year’s event, Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, had just as much fun as in previous years, but left behind a smaller percentage of trash destined for the landfill.

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National Climate Leaders Convene for Listening Session


February 17, 2009


“Listening Session” is Part of a Nationwide Series by the Climate Change Science Program to Garner Stakeholder Input on Climate Change Information; Long-Range Strategic Planning

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Teach-in Focuses on Global-Warming Solution

February 5, 2009

The State Press (
Tessa Muggeridge

Through various events across the Tempe campus on Thursday, thousands of students, faculty, staff and community members will gather to discuss ways to curtail global-warming.

The events are part of a national teach-in on global warming solutions that is sponsored by the Global Institute of Sustainability and the Undergraduate Student Government for students on the Tempe campus.

Nationally, the teach-in will connect more than a million Americans in a solutions-driven global-warming dialogue during the first 100 days of Barack Obama’s presidency.

Lauren Kuby, manager of events and community engagement at the Global Institute of Sustainability, said she expects thousands of students to participate in Thursday’s various events.

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Singh Farms Helping ASU Keep Waste from Landfill

January 29, 2009

Arizona Republic

It is still a long way from its zero-waste goal, but Arizona State University is reducing the size of its refuse piles and turning the Tempe campus greener in the process.

ASU is sending its landscaping waste to nearby Singh Farms, which composts the material and returns the nutrient-rich material to nurture the campus’ landscaping and grow vegetables in organic gardens.

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ASU Global Trip Promotes Sustainability, Regional Cooperation

January 29, 2009

A delegation led by Anthony “Bud” Rock, vice president for global engagement, and Stephen Feinson, director of ASU’s Policy and Strategic Partnerships Office, traveled to the United Arab Emirates the week of Jan. 12 for a series of meetings to follow-up on last summer’s visit to ASU by Sultan Saeed Nasser AlMansoori, minister of economy for the UAE, and President Michael Crow and Rock’s subsequent visits to the UAE.

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Professor Speaks out on Sustainability

January 27, 2009

Profile pic of Brad Allenby Arizona State University engineering professor Brad Allenby will help lead a major international effort to broaden public awareness and understanding of sustainability and the technological and social evolution it is sparking.

Allenby has been named chair of the newly founded Presidential Sustainability Initiative of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s leading professional association for the advancement of technology.

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World's Most Advanced Solar Testing and Certification Facility Opens Doors to Global Market

FeaturesInstitute Press Releases

January 13, 2009

Celebration/Ribbon-Cutting of New Clean-Tech Venture Features Dignitaries from Business, Government, University, and Solar Industry; More Events to Follow in Cologne and Shanghai

PHOENIX/TEMPE, Ariz.; NEWTOWN, Conn.; YOKOHAMA, Japan; COLOGNE, Germany; SHANGHAI, China – TUV Rheinland Group and Arizona State University (ASU) today celebrate the much anticipated launch of TUV Rheinland PTL, LLC, the world’s most comprehensive and sophisticated facility for testing and certification of solar energy equipment.

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Arizona State University Honors First-Ever Graduate in Sustainability

Institute Press Releases

December 18, 2008

large group of graduate students at ASU

TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona State University (ASU) awarded the first-ever Master of Arts degree in Sustainability at its fall 2008 commencement ceremonies today. The new graduate, Brigitte Bavousett, received her diploma from the university’s pioneering School of Sustainability, the first degree-granting institution of its kind in the nation.

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ASU Strengthens Sustainability Efforts

December 15, 2008


ASU’s School of Sustainability (SOS) and the Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS) are about to jointly take the next step in their planned evolution with the creation of a single position, dean and director, to manage both organizations.

This new position, for which there will be an international search, is a further commitment to sustainability, putting sustainability at ASU on an equal footing with liberal arts and sciences, and engineering.

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Online Tools to Make Biodiversity More Accessible to Public

December 12, 2008


Researchers from Arizona State University are developing a Web tool that promises to revolutionize the way that park rangers, grade school teachers and members of the public access information about the living world, with support from the National Science Foundation.

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ASU Bike Co-Op keeps students green and moving

December 8, 2008

By Jessica Lagreid
Undergraduate, W.P. Carey School of Business
Student Worker, Global Institute Of Sustainability

Ever feel like you are competing in the Tour de France as you just try to make your way to class? That’s because more than 15,000 ASU students pedal their bikes to campus every day. These greenies save commuting time, gas money, and tons of dirty carbon emissions. But bicycles cost money and they occasionally need repairs that can flummox cash-strapped commuters. That’s why the student-run ASU Bike Co-Op was founded. Located in the back of the Student Recreation Complex, the Bike Co-Op offers ASU students low- or no-cost bike repairs and free bike rentals. And now, with new funding from USG, it’s ready to expand. Hear more about what the Bike Co-Op can do for you by clicking on the audio file below, and then find the BikeCo-Op on Facebook.

Striving to be Green

November 25, 2008

Arizona Republic
by Ginger D. Richardson

The Phoenix region knows that all too well and, it seems, is constantly reminded of its shortcomings.

The Valley is lashed in national surveys for its poor air quality, derided for its urban sprawl and mocked for its searing temperatures and growing heat island.

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State's Lag in Solar Energy Production Examined

November 25, 2008

East Valley Tribune
by Mike Branom

Arizona has plenty of sunshine, but that has yet to translate into an equal amount of solar energy production.

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ASU Wind Turbines Generate Electricity and Interest

November 18, 2008

Why has Arizona State University installed six parapet wind turbines on the roof of the recently remodeled Global Institute of Sustainability building?

Wind turbines generate electricity from a free and clean renewable resource. They don’t add to global warming. And unlike solar power, the wind is often available both day and night.

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Planting commemorates ASU’s sustainability efforts


November 10, 2008

The Arbor Day Foundation is recognizing ASU for its best practices in campus community forestry through the Tree Campus USA program.

The Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota held a tree-planting event on the ASU Tempe campus to officially kick off Tree Campus USA. Eight other college campuses across the U.S. are also being recognized this fall for their efforts.

To celebrate this achievement, more than 100 students, faculty, and staff at ASU’s Tempe Campus participated in a tree planting celebration hosted by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota.

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