About the Institute
The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability is the hub of Arizona State University’s sustainability initiatives. The ASU Wrigley 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 social, economic and environmental challenges.
Arizona State University established the ASU Wrigley Institute to:
- Articulate and exemplify Arizona State University’s university-wide commitment to sustainability
- Actively support and encourage Arizona State University 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
Vision for Sustainability@ASU
ASU is a leader in the global movement to address the enduring challenges of sustainability: promoting human prosperity and well-being for all, while protecting and enhancing the earth’s life support systems. By extending the academic tradition to include all ASU units and working with external partners, we educate, discover solutions and implement practices that will help people drive the transition to a sustainable world.
The ASU Wrigley Institute 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 ASU Wrigley 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.
Sustainable Development Goals
The Sustainable Development Goals, officially known as Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, is a set of seventeen aspirational “Global Goals.” The goals and targets integrate economic, social and environmental aspects and recognize their interlinkages in achieving sustainable development in all its dimensions to ensure peace and prosperity.
Our prospectus, Sustainability at ASU: Toward a more sustainable world, provides an overview of ASU’s efforts to advance sustainability across the university and beyond. Understand how sustainability underlies our teaching, learning and doing.
Every year the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability tackles new and exciting challenges. Its accomplishments include high Alumni employment, increased enrollment in sustainability-related programs, and ever-growing involvement in sustainability research and solutions-focused partnerships.
Sustainability Operations at ASU
Arizona State University is a model for sustainability operations and practices around the country and has made significant strides in several key areas.
Thought Leader Book
The series invites essay contributions from a diverse pool of sustainability’s most celebrated thinkers and problem-solvers, who offer expertise that prompts reflection, provokes the imagination and encourages action.
What is Sustainability
We get that question a lot, and the answer is wondrously complicated. Sustainability can apply to virtually anything you can think of – it’s a powerful word that defies a simple definition. Still, most people agree that sustainability has three fundamental pillars – sometimes called the Three Ps.