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Econews Site Teams Up With ASU

September 8, 2008

NEWSWEEK

Arizona State University has often stood out for its efforts to be ecofriendly. Since launching the country's first school of sustainability in 2007, the large college—about 60,000 students—has been praised by environmental groups as one of America's greenest universities. This week, the school will announce a partnership with Grist.org, an eccentric online magazine that critically and humorously covers environmental news, to deliver a biweekly e-mail newsletter to the campus with local and national reporting on sustainability. ASU president Michael Crow, who also heads a union of university presidents to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions, spoke to NEWSWEEK's Daniel Stone about the school's efforts.

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Environmental and Water Management Leaders Meet to Examine the Future of Earth's Water Supply

September 3, 2008

TEMPE, ARIZ.  – Leading environmental and water management experts convened today in Tempe, Arizona, to examine initiatives and strategies towards greater sustainability and preservation of Earth’s water supply as part of Rain Bird’s ninth Intelligent Use of Water Summit. Held this morning at Arizona State University’s (ASU) Global Institute of Sustainability, in partnership with Rain Bird Corporation, the leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services, the two-hour symposium provided a unique opportunity for thought leaders to engage in an open-forum discussion about global water-management programs, policies, initiatives, trends, and strategies relating to water availability issues in the American Southwest and beyond.

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Evolving Designer Ecosystem Sheds Light on Unintended Consequences

September 3, 2008

TEMPE, Ariz.– Amidst the semi-arid stretches of Phoenix, a visitor might blink twice at the sight of a sailboat cutting across the horizon. Tempe Town Lake, on the northern edge of Arizona State University (ASU), is just one of a multitude of lakes, small ponds, canals and dams combining flood control, water delivery, recreational opportunities and aesthetics, and altering perception of water availability and economics in the area.

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Algae-to-Fuel Work Gets $3 Mil

September 2, 2008

Arizona Republic

An Arizona State University spinoff company has secured $3 million in public and private funds to advance its technology that converts algae to jet fuel.

Two ASU scientists who are developing the technology have already proven it works in the lab. Now, they are growing algae in solar tubes at ASU's Polytechnic campus to demonstrate the renewable fuel can be produced on a larger scale.

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Student Organizer Turns GreenSummit into Event Drawing Thousands

September 2, 2008

Arizona Republic

They say big ideas come from light-bulb moments.

Chris Samila’s big idea began with a real light bulb.

Vacationing in Costa Rica early last year with a classmate from Arizona State University, Samila noticed homes and businesses using energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.

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High Expectations for 2nd GreenSummit

August 30, 2008

by Chris Samila

For the Arizona Republic

Chris Samila, Director of the GreenSummitWhen we organized the first GreenSummit on ASU's Tempe campus last year, we never imagined that anyone but students and a few local residents would show up. We were astounded when we attracted the support of major corporate donors and 4,000 people and 55 exhibitors attended.

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Most Likely to Succeed

August 28, 2008

onEarth, independent publication of the National Resources Defense Council

When I traded New York City for Tempe, Arizona, in August 2001, I thought I was moving to a quiet desert town for graduate school. But Arizona State University, sitting in this suburb of Phoenix, was exploding in a maze of shimmering, freshly paved highways, heavily watered lawns struggling to stay green under the hot sun, and new buildings annexing desert land at a pace and on a scale I couldn't have imagined.

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New Program Offers "Sustainable" Business Degree

August 27, 2008

ASUNews

More people and businesses want to find ways to conserve energy and help make our natural resources last longer. As the new school year begins, a groundbreaking new degree program at the W. P. Carey School of Business will make it easier for business students to help their future companies utilize sustainability practices.

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Global Warming Aside, Fresh Water Dwindling

August 17, 2008

by Patricia Gober, Arizona State University

Arizona Repuiblic, Viewpoints

Professor Gober, Arizona State UniversityAccording to a study published in the July 14, 2000, issue of Science, one-third of the world's population is water-stressed, with 8 percent classified as severely water-stressed, including the western United States and northern Mexico, South America, India, China, Africa surrounding the Sahara Desert, and southern Africa and Australia.

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ASU makes Kaplan list of top 25 green colleges

August 5, 2008

Today's students are going green and the move towards a sustainable future is impacting many of their decisions, including college and career choices. In recognition of this movement, Kaplan, a provider of education services for more than 70 years, has focused its new Kaplan College Guide 2009 for the first time on environmentally responsible schools and green careers.

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ASU Named One of Nation's 'Greenest' Universities

July 28, 2008

Princeton Review rating based on environmental practices, policies and course offerings

Arizona State University has been named one of the nation's "greenest" universities by The Princeton Review in its first-ever rating of environmentally friendly institutions.

The "2009 Green Rating Honor Roll" is a numerical score on a scale of 60 to 99 that The Princeton Review tallied for 534 colleges and universities based on data it collected from the schools in the 2007-08 academic year concerning their environmentally related policies, practices and academic offerings.

The Green Rating scores appear in the website profiles of the 534 schools that posted on The Princeton Review's site (www.PrincetonReview.com) today.

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Integrated, Accurate Urban Data Key to Protecting Human Health, National Security

July 11, 2008

In his July 10, 2008, testimony before Congress, Professor Jay Golden calls for greater federal support for improved data collection and interagency collaboration.

More people, hotter temperatures, and a vulnerable electrical system. How will the US meet the growing demand for air conditioning in a way that protects our population while minimizing emissions of carbon dioxide that contribute to climate change? In his July 10, 2008, testimony before the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, Professor Jay Golden called for greater federal support for improved data collection and interagency collaboration.

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Think Twice Before Recycling Your Computer

July 8, 2008

Discovery Channel: Tech

Dr. Eric Williams, Assistant Professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and in the School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, writes about issues concerning recycling your computer.

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Going 'Green': ASU Gives Sustainability Mass Roots

June 2, 2008

Chronicle of Higher Education

One convert at a time is a noble goal for any altruistic endeavor, especially sustainability, which has long laid low in the grass roots of society. Partly because of this, and because of the consumer-driven society in which we live, converting people to sustainability has been slow.

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