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.
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.
November 4, 2008
Interview by Sean Briggs and Kari Utley
Kari Utley: Welcome to a special edition of iPopping Podcasts from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at the campus of Arizona State University, I’m Kari Utley.
For thousands of years the human species has called planet earth home. Within the past few decades, the health and vitality of our planet has been threatened. Perhaps now more than ever the term sustainability is being explored. Our very own Sean Briggs sits down with Bonny Bentzin, Manager of Arizona State’s Sustainability Business Practices, to find out more.
November 3, 2008
Do you have a great idea for a sustainable product, business or service? If so, the Global Institute of Sustainability is hosting an internal Arizona State University competition to select a representative to compete in the 2009 Walmart Better Living Business Plan Challenge and the chance to win up to 20,000.
October 30, 2008
The ASU Sun team, composed of MBA students from the W.P. Carey School of Business and PhD candidates from the School of Sustainability, has been chosen as one of the 10 finalists from a total of 138 teams that entered the Thunderbird School of Global Management’s Sustainable Innovation Summit Challenge. Sun team members include Kushal Chawda and Andrew Harbut from the School of Business and Laurence Rosenberg and Wayne Porter from the School of Sustainability.
The Summit’s mission is “To foster learning environments that enable creation of sustainable (economic, social, and environmental) value through innovative solutions to real-world business challenges.”
The Sun team members, along with the other finalists, will present their innovation challenge responses during the Challenge’s Final Round to be held November 13-15, 2008 at the Thunderbird School campus in Glendale, Arizona. For more information go to http://www.thunderbird.edu/sites/tsis/index.htm.
October 28, 2008
The Decision Center for a Desert City (DCDC) has been tapped as one of a handful of institutions worldwide to receive this year’s Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water. DCDC will split the $133,000 (SR 500,000) award with one other institution.
October 22, 2008
By Michelle Schwartz
Communications and Marketing Coordinator
Global Institute of Sustainability
It’s a bright idea. Monitor a building’s energy use, put the information under the noses of the building’s occupants, and use it to persuade them to reduce their energy consumption. Brilliant!
ASU research engineer Joby Carlson thought so, too. But the lab manager for ASU’s National Center of Excellence on SMART Innovations wanted to take it one step further. Or really several steps. He wanted to incorporate water and waste with energy data, he wanted to compare multiple buildings on campus, and he wanted to teach people exactly how they could reduce their resource use. Oh, and he wanted to use ASU talent to put it all into a web-based tool that anyone could understand.
October 13, 2008
PHOENIX/TEMPE, Ariz.; NEWTOWN, Conn.; YOKOHAMA, Japan; COLOGNE, Germany; SHANGHAI, China – TUV Rheinland Group has joined forces with Arizona State University (ASU) to create TUV Rheinland PTL, LLC, the most comprehensive, sophisticated, state-of-the-art facility for testing and certification of solar energy equipment in the world.
October 2, 2008
The program allows them to work with the ASU Global Institute of Sustainability to investigate how to mitigate the affects of urban heat islands and the ASU Mars Education Program to build a habitat for humans on Mars.
October 1, 2008
School of Life Sciences graduate student Libby Larson experimentally floods a stormwater retention basin at a north Phoenix elementary school in order to better understand nitrogen fluxes and transformations. A ubiquitous feature in the Phoenix metropolitan landscape, stormwater retention basins concentrate water, nutrients, and pollutants and thus can be important places for improving stormwater quality and recharging groundwater, but may also be sources of greenhouse gases.
September 30, 2008
SAN FRANCISCO and WUXI, China, Sept. 30 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ — Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP – News), one of the world’s leading manufacturers of photovoltaic cells and modules, today announced it has been selected to supply 1.6 megawatt (MW) of solar panels to Sun Devil Solar LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Integrys Energy Services, for its project with Arizona State University (ASU). The project will be installed on top of two elevated parking structures in the middle of the ASU’s main campus using an innovating tracking system. The solar installations are to be completed by the end of 2008.
September 12, 2008
When Pinal County sought advice on managing its growth, students from Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability reviewed the landscape from a helicopter and offered scenarios to guide planning.
September 11, 2008
According to Arizona State University President Michael Crow, education on sustainability is stuck in the Stone Age.
September 8, 2008
TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State University researchers will help create a framework for re-engineering the nation’s power grid to make it adaptable to renewable electric-energy technologies such as solar and wind power.
September 8, 2008
Download the press release as a PDF.
PHOENIX, AZ, and SEATTLE, WA — In the first collaboration of its kind, Arizona State University and Grist.org, the country’s leading source of online environmental news and information, today announced an agreement to send all of ASU’s 60,000+ students and many faculty and staff a biweekly e-mail with news, commentary, and advice about sustainability issues.
September 8, 2008
Arizona State University has often stood out for its efforts to be ecofriendly. Since launching the country’s first school of sustainability in 2007, the large college—about 60,000 students—has been praised by environmental groups as one of America’s greenest universities. This week, the school will announce a partnership with Grist.org, an eccentric online magazine that critically and humorously covers environmental news, to deliver a biweekly e-mail newsletter to the campus with local and national reporting on sustainability. ASU president Michael Crow, who also heads a union of university presidents to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions, spoke to NEWSWEEK’s Daniel Stone about the school’s efforts.
Read more at NEWSWEEK
September 8, 2008
The School of Sustainability was honored at the Valley Forward’s 28th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards. The School won first prize in the “Environmental Education and Communication” category and received the President’s Award for the most important overall contribution to environmental excellence for 2008.
Read more about the awards and other winners
September 5, 2008
Jay Hakes, author of the new book, A Declaration of Energy Independence, will talk about how America got into its current energy predicament and how to get out of it at a series of lectures on Sept. 11 and 12 at Arizona State University.
September 3, 2008
TEMPE, ARIZ. – Leading environmental and water management experts convened today in Tempe, Arizona, to examine initiatives and strategies towards greater sustainability and preservation of Earth’s water supply as part of Rain Bird’s ninth Intelligent Use of Water Summit. Held this morning at Arizona State University’s (ASU) Global Institute of Sustainability, in partnership with Rain Bird Corporation, the leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services, the two-hour symposium provided a unique opportunity for thought leaders to engage in an open-forum discussion about global water-management programs, policies, initiatives, trends, and strategies relating to water availability issues in the American Southwest and beyond.
September 3, 2008
TEMPE, Ariz.– Amidst the semi-arid stretches of Phoenix, a visitor might blink twice at the sight of a sailboat cutting across the horizon. Tempe Town Lake, on the northern edge of Arizona State University (ASU), is just one of a multitude of lakes, small ponds, canals and dams combining flood control, water delivery, recreational opportunities and aesthetics, and altering perception of water availability and economics in the area.