School of Sustainability
Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability is the first of its kind: a comprehensive degree-granting program with a transdisciplinary focus on finding real-world solutions to environmental, economic and social challenges.
The School of Sustainability, within the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in sustainability.
The Institute provides hands-on research training and brings sustainability education into local K-12 classrooms. Students across the university can study and earn minors and concentrations in sustainability.
Custom Programs for Organizations
To meet the “triple bottom line” – people, planet and profit – sustainability must be integrated into an organization’s operations and culture. Whether you need to educate a small core of executives in a multi-day retreat, or train hundreds of employees through an online course, ASU’s School of Sustainability has the ability to deliver a custom program for maximum impact.
Drawing upon our proven ability to work with business, government, nongovernmental organizations, foundations and other universities throughout the world, we can develop and deliver custom executive education programs that advance your organizational sustainability goals.
- Programs range from hour-long modules to multi-day instruction on specific sustainability issues.
- In-person training can be delivered on any ASU campus, in Washington D.C., or at your location..
- Online training can be delivered through ASU’s online learning platform or your own internal system.
- Faculty from ASU’s 400+ Sustainability Scientists, Scholars and Fellows , leaders from your organization, and outside experts can all be included in your agenda.
- Each program includes expert assessment and instructional design on the front end, as well as in-depth evaluation after it has concluded, so you can measure the sustainability advancements in your organization.
A Recent ASU Custom Education Success: The World Bank Group & International Finance Corporation
The School of Sustainability has partnered with the World Bank Group to design a three-day City Climate Planner Certification workshop, a “how-to” on inventorying sources of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2015, twenty-one city officials attended, from countries including Argentina, India, South Africa, Korea, Bolivia, China and Bangladesh. The Bank has plans to convert the live workshop into an online format, as well.
Advance your organization’s sustainability knowledge in:
- Energy and Alternative Energy Systems
- Materials and Technology
- Sustainable Business Practices
- Biodiversity and Ecosystems
- Sustainable International Development
- Water Quality, Use and Supply
- Food Systems
- Climate Change
- Policy and Governance
- Sustainable Buildings
- Supply Chain
Build your custom education program at ASU’s School of Sustainability, the first and best in the nation
School of Sustainability experts will assist in tailoring a program to your organization’s specific sustainability goals.
Kindergarden – 12th Grade Education
K-12 partnerships with educators and communities bring sustainability education to schools. Students and teachers learn as they participate in real scientific research in cooperation with Arizona State University.
National Sustainability Teacher’s Academy
At the National Sustainability Teacher’s Academy, students learn how sustainability scientists work collaboratively to develop solutions to the complex problems created by growing cities, and how this project- and solutions-based approach to sustainability can be incorporated into a middle school classroom. Learning how to make cities more livable, while focusing on positive, interactive projects and concepts will empower you and your students to be innovative agents of change. The sustainability scientists at ASU will teach how to ground transformative learning processes through the use of curriculum that links knowledge with practice.
Sustainability Science for Sustainable Schools
The Sustainable Schools program teams graduate and faculty researchers with K-12 high school teachers, their students, and school district administrators to help schools become more sustainable. Partnering school districts identify the aspects of sustainability they wish to improve — campus sustainability, community, or curriculum — while graduate researchers, under the supervision of ASU faculty scientists, help teachers and students use scientific methods to assess their sustainability in those areas.
Ecology Explorers is a community of scientists comprised of university researchers, K-12 students, and their teachers. Through this award-winning outreach program, 2,000 students in 75 schools across the Phoenix metro area conduct scientific research in their own backyards.
Students learn about scientific inquiry and the environment while collecting data that contributes to understanding the workings of an urban ecosystem.
Sustainability Education at ASU
Degree programs with a focus in sustainability studies continue to evolve across the university, bridging disciplines and educating leaders.
Student Research Experience
Arizona State University supports numerous opportunities for undergraduates to participate in real world interdisciplinary research to help students bridge the gap between textbooks and careers. Many programs offer funding and academic credit.
Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Research Experiences for Undergraduates is a National Science Foundation program. The program engages undergraduates from across the country in research with faculty and graduate students at ASU during the summer.
Graduate Research Assistantships
Graduate students earn a monthly stipend while working with faculty members on cutting-edge research in the field of sustainability science.
The ASU Study Abroad Office administers more than 300 study abroad programs in over 60 countries around the world, and offers outstanding sustainability-related programs.
Undergraduate and Graduate Internships
The School of Sustainability partners with community businesses and organizations to provide undergraduate and graduate internships.
Graduate Summer Grants
Graduate students write proposals for summer research grants allocated through CAP LTER.
Community of Undergraduate Research Scholars
Barrett, the Honors College, offers the Community of Undergraduate Research Scholars program to support research teams of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. The program offers rich and varied research opportunities as well as a close community of peer researchers while providing opportunities for undergraduates to build their professional and research identities in interdisciplinary contexts.