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Decision Center for a Desert City

Decision Center for a Desert City

Decision Center for a Desert City

Transformational Solutions for Urban Water Sustainability Transitions



Theorizing environmental decision making under uncertainty for urban water systems.

Linking science to societal impacts through stakeholder engagement activities.

Educating and training a new generation of scholars through real-world sustainability research and education experiences.

Modeling, simulating, visualizing, and exploring alternative futures in complex social-ecological-technical systems.


ASU tackles range of issues at world’s largest annual science meeting

ASU tackles range of issues at world’s largest annual science meeting

From the rise of artificial intelligence to the future of water, Arizona State University faculty and students discussed a slew of science topics at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS is the world’s largest science and technology society, and its annual meeting (held Feb. 14–17 in Washington,...

Sustainability scientist wins prize for urban and regional planning

Sustainability scientist wins prize for urban and regional planning

Ray Quay, a senior sustainability scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University, was awarded the 2019 William R. and June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning. This year's award theme was "From Blueprint to Resilience: Planning when Change is the Norm," and Quay was the...

Using stormwater as a resource

Using stormwater as a resource

On December 5, Arizona State University’s Decision Center for a Desert City, a unit of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, hosted a panel discussion called "Innovative Stormwater Management: Resilience for Extreme Weather." Directing more stormwater toward permeable surfaces so it trickles down into the aquifers beneath the city and catching more in rain...