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ASU sustainability scholar explores the origins of human thinking on climate

ASU Wrigley Institute News Environmental Humanities

May 24, 2018

As Joni Adamson tells it, these are exciting times for the environmental humanities. And she should know: Adamson, a senior sustainability scholar at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University, was recently awarded a highly sought-after fellowship from the National Humanities Center and is now looking forward to advancing her work in this realm.

Adamson, whose work explores the intersections between literature and the environment from the perspective of environmental justice, has been tapped to receive the Benjamin N. Duke Fellowship of the Research Triangle Foundation. She is working on a new book that aims to trace the origins of human thinking on climate.

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Change needed in the electric utility industry to curb emissions

ASU Wrigley Institute News LightWorks News

May 23, 2018

Three smoke stacks at a power plant with billowing smoke in northern ArizonaGreenhouse gas emissions are a growing problem, but Arizona State University sustainability scientist Elisabeth Graffy believes that the electric utility industry can be a force for change. Graffy recently co-wrote an article, “Corporate Finance and Sustainability: The Case of the Electric Utility Industry,” about this topic in the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance.

The electric utility sector “accounts for about half of all climate emissions and is the foundation of all sustainable energy futures that generally get discussed,” said Graffy, who leads several initiatives at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, including the LightWorks program’s Energy and Society group. In the article, Graffy and three analysts discuss how the industry can transform to meet sustainability goals — no small feat.

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Master of Sustainability Leadership graduate uses skills at FedEx

School of Sustainability News Alumni News Alumni and Student Spotlights

May 18, 2018

portrait of man wearing a suitWhen Benjamin Fogg was brainstorming ways to bring sustainability practices to FedEx Ground, a company he began working for after completing his bachelor’s degree in Alabama, he discovered Arizona State University’s Online Master of Sustainability Leadership. Fogg applied to the program at the School of Sustainability, he said, because of its focus on innovation and leadership “paired with the broader, global context. Since FedEx Corporation operates all over the world, it felt like the perfect fit for my career.”

During his time as a master’s student, Fogg was promoted multiple times and moved to different states. “ASU Online allowed that mobility to happen while I continued my education,” he said.

Recently, Fogg was promoted to a Sustainability Specialist position at FedEx. His career goal, he said, is to “obtain a senior leadership position within the company that focuses on bringing sustainability to the forefront of what we’re doing.”


Navy technician graduates in engineering, sustainability

School of Sustainability News Alumni and Student Spotlights

May 17, 2018

Man in U.S. Navy uniform standing with wifeSchool days for Carl Harris were not the routine experience they are for most college students.

Harris has been on active duty or reserve status for the U.S. Navy for the past 18 years, with multiple deployments throughout the Middle East. On top of that, Harris earned a bachelor’s degree this month through the online engineering management program in ASU's Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, with a minor in sustainability from ASU’s School of Sustainability.

“I am a big fan of the whole sustainability movement,” Harris said. “Sustainable technologies are going to be a big emerging market around the world. I would love to work in engineering management at a cutting-edge sustainable tech company.”


Meet the Disruptors: Disrupt/Create/Sustain

School of Sustainability News Sustainability Connect Successes

May 7, 2018

As the largest university in the country Arizona State University inevitably makes quite a bit of waste. Sure we have a Zero Waste initiative, and we recycle and compost, but there are often items, large and small, that get overlooked. Students are helping to fill the gaps.

In spring 2018 a one-credit course was created as a cross-disciplinary effort between the School of Sustainability (SOS), University Sustainability Practices (USP), and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (HIDA) to bring students of different disciplines together to collaborate on a sustainability-focused art project. Students were charged with the task of developing a prototype of an outdoor common space for the Tempe campus. They focused on waste, recycling, and circular resources and were then released to complete the project with guidance from a team of staff from SOS, USP, and HIDA. The intention of the final installation was to engage campus visitors, students, staff, and faculty who move through common spaces at ASU. Groups were encouraged to consider innovative materials and construction processes for their installations.

Class time comprised of talks by artists, designers, and sustainability experts to give students an idea of the kinds of projects they could create, the specific issues they could focus on, and free time to work on their designs. Once student teams moved through development stages, they received approval to construct their proposed installation. Students were judged by ASU student peers, selected staff, and faculty. Funding and scholarship opportunities were also available for this group and were judged in a competition setting.

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Global urbanization issues addressed in new book

Uncategorized ASU Wrigley Institute News

April 26, 2018

Two staff members at Arizona State University’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability are editors of a new book, “Urban Planet: Knowledge Towards Sustainable Cities,” released by Cambridge University Press.

Corrie Griffith, Program Manager for the Global Consortium for Sustainability Outcomes, and Mark Watkins, Program Manager for the Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Project, were on a team of 10 editors who crafted the book. The authors argue that global urbanization challenges can be alleviated by weaving inclusiveness and sustainability into the fabric of society.

“Urban Planet” brings together the expertise of more than 100 scholars across many different fields to develop interdisciplinary approaches to global urbanization issues.


Dean Boone takes the field

Board Letter School of Sustainability News

April 23, 2018

In February, Major League Baseball announced it was partnering with ASU on a zero waste initiative that took place during spring training. In April, the Diamondbacks called on School of Sustainability Dean Christopher Boone to partner with them on a special Earth Day project.

Our fearless dean agreed to throw out the first pitch at the Sunday afternoon game. The official video shows the pitch was juuuust a bit outside, but we do like to think outside the box here at ASU.

Many School of Sustainability alumni and staff were in attendance at the game to support the Diamondbacks and Dean Boone. View our photo album from the event.


Meet sustainability senior Julia Colbert

School of Sustainability News Alumni and Student Spotlights

April 20, 2018

With its roots in a plant-based diet, Julia Colbert’s interest in sustainability began to grow. Colbert understood development does not need to come at the cost of our planet, and wanted to find a way to create harmony between humans and nature.

So she enrolled in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University.

During her time at ASU, Colbert took advantage of every learning opportunity. Through School of Sustainability study abroad programs, she traveled to foreign countries to learn new sustainable practices and solutions. She joined student organizations and accepted jobs at the ASU Sustainability Teacher’s Academy and Decision Center for a Desert City.

In the fall, Colbert will return to ASU to pursue a master's degree in sustainability.

She answered some questions about her experiences as a sustainability student.

Question: What’s something you learned while at ASU — in the classroom or otherwise — that surprised you or changed your perspective?

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Meet sustainability senior Yann Raymond

School of Sustainability News Alumni and Student Spotlights

April 19, 2018

After moving to Tempe from Northwestern France, Yann Raymond enrolled with ASU’s School of Sustainability. His focus is international development, and he has an interest in food systems and supply chain.

At ASU, Raymond scored a job with Changemaker Central, an ASU student organization focused on innovation and enterprise development. During his three years at Changemaker, Raymond used the space as an innovation hub, an arena for dialogue and collaboration with like-minded students driven by change.

Following graduation, Raymond will work with the Town of Camp Verde, where he hopes to apply his food system, entrepreneurship and sustainable development knowledge to local businesses.

Yann answered a few questions about his experiences at ASU.

Question: What was your “aha” moment, when you realized you wanted to study sustainability?

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Meet sustainability senior Mackenzie McGuffie

School of Sustainability News Alumni and Student Spotlights

April 19, 2018

On a family trip to Hawaii, Mackenzie McGuffie fell in love with nature and began to appreciate the biodiversity that connected her to nature.

So she changed her major to sustainability.

During her time at ASU, McGuffie joined green ASU clubs and got a job as a student worker for the School of Sustainability. McGuffie graduates in May and is now preparing for the accelerated master’s program, which she hopes to complete in 2019.

She answered some questions about her experiences at ASU.

Question: How did the School of Sustainability prepare you, personally and professionally?

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Meet sustainability senior Tara Hansen

School of Sustainability News Alumni and Student Spotlights

April 19, 2018

Living near a nature preserve in Wisconsin, Tara Hansen spent much of her childhood in nature. Wanting future generations to experience the outdoors like she did, Hansen applied to ASU’s School of Sustainability.

During her time at ASU, Hansen became an ambassador for the School of Sustainability. She also tacked on a second major, in supply chain management, with a focus on mitigating the effects our food system has on the environment.

After graduation (and a brief vacation to Japan), Hansen will be working towards making a more sustainable sourcing process for Frito Lay.

She answered a few questions about her experiences at ASU.

Question: What was your “aha” moment, when you realized you wanted to study sustainability?

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Meet sustainability senior Sarah Collins

School of Sustainability News Alumni and Student Spotlights

April 19, 2018

In elementary school, Sarah Collins first learned that fossil fuels are scarce resources we could eventually use up. This is some pretty deep stuff, even for a third grader. So it stuck, and that's why Collins came to ASU's School of Sustainability to earn her bachelor’s degree.

After she graduates next month, Collins hopes to join the Peace Corps to work on environmental issues in the Philippines. She is also planning to pursue a master’s degree in public policy.

Collins answered some questions about her time at ASU.

Question: What’s something you learned while at ASU — in the classroom or otherwise — that surprised you or changed your perspective?

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Project Cities research asks East Valley residents to help create cultural map of the land

ASU Wrigley Institute News Project Cities SCN News

April 19, 2018

Landscape photo of Superstition Wilderness with saguaro

Think of a local spot you love to visit in your city. Is it a city park? A trailhead? A brewery or theater? If you live in the East Valley of the Phoenix area - or visit the East Valley or the Superstition Wilderness Area frequently - digital history students in an ASU Project Cities course project want to hear your answers.

The students are conducting a survey designed to identify the most important cultural landmarks of the East Valley – specifically, the Apache Junction area. The survey will inform the students’ suggestions for the City of Apache Junction to help improve geographical and cultural awareness and pride in the city.

This course project is one part of the Project Cities program’s year-long partnership with the City of Apache Junction. The partnership empowers ASU students to address the city’s environmental and social challenges through various course projects across multiple disciplines.

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ASU's Doris Duke Scholars

Board Letter School of Sustainability News Alumni and Student Spotlights

April 13, 2018

Four ASU sophomores, including three in the School of Sustainability, will embark on an eight-week, two-summer journey to learn the ins and outs of sustainability research. As participants in the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program, they will spend eight weeks this summer with other students and faculty at one of four field locations learning how to conduct research.

Danielle Vermeer will be living and researching in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she will develop a model that can interpret different decisions and their outcomes in an interactive role playing simulation game. Elyse Kats will spend this summer at Northern Arizona University and various field locations throughout Arizona and Utah, like the Grand Canyon studying environmental conservation and policy, particularly water and land rights. Kelly Baker says she will work to bring together many different facets of activism and showcase that conservation does not only stand by the protection of land and ecosystems but also varying groups of people that have diverse backgrounds.

Next summer, these brilliant young minds will apply what they have learned to gain eight weeks of experience in an internship. In addition, they also will attend career development workshops each January and virtual mentoring meetings every month.


Locust initiative launches

Board Letter School of Sustainability News ASU Wrigley Institute News Global Locust Initiative

April 13, 2018

Representatives from 12 countries gathered at Arizona State University in April for the inaugural meeting of the Global Locust Initiative, a new research and action program designed to help scientists, governments, agribusiness workers and farmers cope with locust plagues.

The initiative, a unit of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, combines lab science, fieldwork and data modeling to help reduce locust outbreaks and the effects of plagues, with the goal to improve the well-being of farm communities and global sustainability.

The initiative is led by Senior Sustainability Scientist Arianne Cease, who describes her work in a six-minute KED Talk video, produced by ASU’s Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development.


Fmr. UN Ambassador joins ASU

Board Letter ASU Wrigley Institute News

April 2, 2018

ASU is pleased to announce the appointment of Amanda Ellis as executive director, Hawaii & Asia-Pacific; director of strategic partnerships; and Senior Special Advisor for International Diplomacy, Sustainable Development and Inclusion for the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. In this role, Ellis will create and cultivate international strategic partnerships and program initiatives that will include international sustainability, diplomacy and development, global gender issues, diversity and inclusion.

With her network of high level contacts from her time as Ambassador to the United Nations and at the World Bank Group, as well as demonstrated abilities to engage in advocacy, outreach, partnership and coalition building at the highest levels, Ellis will also support the full suite of sustainability experts across the Wrigley Institute to advance their research impact globally and to create relevant partnerships.

Until March 2016, Ellis served as New Zealand’s Head of Mission and Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva. Ellis has also served as Deputy Secretary International Development and was the first woman to head the New Zealand Aid Programme.

Thunderbird names new dean

Board Letter ASU Wrigley Institute News

April 2, 2018

Arizona State University has appointed Sanjeev Khagram, a world-renowned expert in global leadership, the international political economy, sustainable development and the data revolution, as the next director-general and dean of Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Khagram will join the board of directors of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, and he will play a leadership role in the future of Thunderbird’s executive education programs.

Khagram has identified three areas in which he believes the Thunderbird School can take the lead in educating students from around the world: the global and transnational nature of the world, the cross-sectoral nature of the world, and the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation to comprehensive economic advancement.


ASU lanches the Global Drylands Center

ASU Wrigley Institute News Global Drylands News

March 29, 2018

The Global Drylands Center (GDC) celebrated its first six months with its official launch last Thursday. The amicable gathering hosted at the University Club brought together affiliates and faculty from diverse disciplines. A welcoming talk by GDC Director Dr. Osvaldo Sala highlighted early accomplishments, acknowledged the help and participation of affiliates and staff, and thanked the support of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and ASU Wrigley Institute.

Following, ASU Wrigley Institute Director Gary Dirks highlighted the intersecting grounds of GDC and the ASU charter. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Natural Sciences Dean Ferrán García-Pichel also gave some words, offering a historic perspective of the center as an interesting analogy between the importance of history for science and the inception of GDC.

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Endangered vaquitas: Film screening and discussion

Institute Press Releases Biodiversity News

March 21, 2018

Film poster illustration of three vaquitas swimming in coral reef with title of the film "Souls of the Vermilion Sea"Arizona State University’s Center for Biodiversity Outcomes is pleased to collaborate with local partners Plea for the Sea and Lightkeepers Foundation to offer a special screening of the short documentary Souls of the Vermilion Sea.

The free public event will occur on Sunday, March 25 from 3-5 p.m. at the university’s Memorial Union in Room 230 (Pima). The event will also be live streamed. More details are available at the following link:  

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