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.

Our Mission

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.

Our Strategy

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 Headquarters

Sustainable Headquarters

The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability building includes features which enhance the quality of the learning and working experience.

Sustainable Headquarters


ASU Sustainability Prospectus

Sustainability Overview

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.

ASU Sustainability Prospectus

2014 Sustainability Highlights

Sustainability Highlights

2014 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.

2014 Sustainability Highlights


Sustainability Operations at ASU

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.

Sustainability Operations at ASU


Sustainability Plan

Sustainability Plan

Arizona State University is taking action to discover new pathways for a thriving economic system, a healthy ecosphere and a more just society.

Sustainability Plan


Carbon Plan

Carbon Plan

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.

Carbon Plan


Carbon Plan

Employment Opportunities

The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability is a great place to work. View job openings for faculty, staff, students and postdocs.

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