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ASU Charter

ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.


ASU’s sustainability strategy is formed by five focal areas: education, outreach, research, solutions and operations. Our prospectus, Sustainability @ ASU, provides an overview of ASU’s efforts to advance sustainability in these areas, both across the university and beyond.

SOS Signature Brochure

The School of Sustainability prepares students to view complex problems and solutions systemically, work collaboratively with people of differing perspectives, and create strategic solutions for a desirable, more sustainable future.

Sustainability Highlights Magazine

Review our archive of highlights magazines, celebrating the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, School of Sustainability, and ASU’s community of Sustainability Scientists, Scholars and Fellows — experts from diverse fields who are accelerating the pace of discovery and solutions in sustainability. Magazines highlight the institute’s growth and impact as it works to combat climate change, transform food systems, lead sustainability solutions, and build local and global partnerships.

6-7-8: Walton Strategic Impact

Since March of 2012, the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives has developed an ambitious set of programs focused on creating, supporting and celebrating sustainability solutions. This 2018 report details six years of strategic impact across seven initiatives to address ASU’s eight Design Aspirations.

Exceptional Outcomes: WSSI

A summary of outcomes and metrics from the grant (2012-2018) that founded the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives.

What is Sustainability?

Sustainability is a powerful word that defies a simple definition. Still, most people agree that sustainability has three fundamental pillars – society, economy and environment – and no solution can be sustainable unless it fulfills all three pillars.

Sustainable Development Goals

In September 2015, 193 countries agreed to adopt a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This piece provides a glimpse at how ASU and its Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability are advancing these goals throughout the world.

Thought Leader Series Book

Serving as both the hub of sustainability at ASU and an aggregator of impactful knowledge, the ASU Wrigley Institute created the Thought Leader Series in 2011. 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. The following collection reflects contributions through 2015.

Sustainability Operations Review

Sustainability is one of ASU’s core values. The annual review details the university’s advances in operational sustainabilityand its goals toward circular resources, climate positive, collaborative action, community success, food reconnection, optimized water, personal action, and resilience and regeneration.

Temozón Report

In 2004, ASU President Michael Crow convened a meeting in Temozón, Mexico, that mobilized a small but distinguished group of intellectual leaders who were exploring a new idea – sustainability science. It was at this meeting that the seeds for the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and its School of Sustainability were planted.