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
Our Four Cornerstones
Arizona State University’s framework for addressing the challenges of sustainability builds upon four cornerstones spanning disciplines, campuses and institutional boundaries.
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.
The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability building includes features which enhance the quality of the learning and working experience.
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.
2015 was a memorable year for ASU’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. Alumni employment was high, enrollment in sustainability-related programs grew and the School of Sustainability expanded its program offerings. Meanwhile, new ASU centers and initiatives were launched, solutions-focused partnerships developed, research productivity increased and thousands attended institute events.
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.
Arizona State University is taking action to discover new pathways for a thriving economic system, a healthy ecosphere and a more just society.
Carbon neutrality, or a “net zero carbon footprint,” means achieving net zero carbon emissions by balancing a measured amount of carbon released with an equivalent amount of renewable energy or offsetting by planting trees that in turn could help prevent future greenhouse gas emissions.
The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability is a great place to work. View job openings for faculty, staff, students and postdocs.
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.