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Sustainability alumna discusses Audubon Arizona report about economic importance of waterways

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April 10, 2019

Haley Paul sitting at desk on show Arizona PBSSchool of Sustainability alumna Haley Paul, who now works as a policy manager for Audubon Arizona, talked on Arizona PBS about the organization’s new report detailing the value of waterways to Arizona's economy. According to the report, water-based recreational activities in Arizona bring $13.5 billion to the economy and create 114,000 jobs.

The report aimed to establish a baseline of information and show how important water-based recreation is as an industry in Arizona.

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School of Sustainability alumna wins award from ASU's Graduate College

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April 8, 2019

Ashley Quay recieving Knowledge Impact Mobilization AwardAshley Quay, who graduated from the School of Sustainability's Executive Master of Sustainability Leadership program in January 2019, was one of two winners of the Knowledge Impact Mobilization Awards presented by the Graduate College at Arizona State University. These awards recognize graduate students who are translating research into real-world impact.

Quay's project, “Positively Impactful,” is a social-media campaign and website that highlights changes people are making to be more sustainable. “The doom-and-gloom approach is leaving people disheartened, overwhelmed and stagnant to change,” Quay said, so she used what she learned during her studies to take a more positive, inspirational approach.

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Sustainability PhD candidate accepts professorship at University of Redlands

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March 28, 2019

Bethem-Jacob-SchoolOfSustainability-Headshots  School of Sustainability, fall welcome headshot  Jacob BethemJacob Bethem, PhD candidate in Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability, only recently defended his PhD dissertation but he has already accepted an offer to teach sustainable business courses at the University of Redlands in California. Bethem will be a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sustainable Business for the 2019-2020 school year.

After completing more than 40 job applications, Bethem became a top-five candidate in at least three schools’ faculty searches, but selected the University of Redlands for its mix of management and ethics courses and emphasis on active learning. He attributes his success in attaining this position to strong recommendations from his instructors and supervising researchers as well as experience gained through various research opportunities provided by ASU in consultative roles for corporate and government executive clients.

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Sustainability students exhibit and pitch at Change the World

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March 28, 2019

Sustainability students Zer Waste exhibit at Change the WorldThe first Change the World event showcased how Arizona State University students are making a difference through their entrepreneurship, art and ambitious initiatives. Hundreds of students from every campus participated in or attended the festival, held Wednesday at Sun Devil Stadium. At least 15 School of Sustainability students showcased projects, and many other ASU students from around the university presented initiatives relating to sustainability.

The School of Sustainability projects and ideas presented included:

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Meet sustainability alumnus Garrett Wong

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March 26, 2019

Student wearing ASU shirt standing in front of cactiWith so many directions one can take in a sustainability career, Garrett Wong wasn’t sure where he would land. But after a series of experiences during his time as an Arizona State University School of Sustainability student, Wong realized he wanted to apply sustainability to the sports industry.

As he said in his interview below, sports involves a wide variety of people from all walks of life: “What better way for sustainability practices to touch all of these individuals than in a space where leadership and teamwork both on and off the field are the driving message?”

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ASU, Wells Fargo advancing K-12 sustainability education

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March 26, 2019

Visual storytelling meeting notes K-12 Sustainability Education NetworkMany students go through elementary, middle and high school without ever learning about sustainability. That needs to change — and Arizona State University is doing something about it.

Accomplishing this will require systemic change and large-scale collaboration, which is why Christopher Boone, dean of the School of Sustainability at ASU, and CaSondra Devine, sustainability initiatives leader at Wells Fargo, recently put their heads together with more than a dozen local and international sustainability leaders for a three-day brainstorming conference hosted at ASU's Wrigley Hall.

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Student Council Sustainability Officers Initiative kicks off in cities around Arizona

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March 23, 2019

Educators from Tempe, Tucson, and Mesa and Braden Kay from the City of Tempe discuss their vision for implementing SCSO in their school districts and cities.
With great sustainability knowledge comes great sustainability leaders — this is the mantra that Arizona State University School of Sustainability students like Julia Colbert and Kevin Goddard live by. Colbert is a graduate student studying K-12 sustainability education and Goddard is an undergraduate student interested in water policy and sustainable urban design. Together, they have been working hard to get sustainability into K-12 schools through their Student Council Sustainability Officers Initiative (SCSO).

Last fall, Colbert and Goddard partnered with the City of Phoenix to transition SCSO from the city to the School of Sustainability. SCSO is focused on adding a Sustainability Officer position to Student Councils to implement student-led sustainability initiatives in K-12 schools throughout the Valley. Projects may include water and energy conservation, cafeteria waste auditing, recycling and even cultural events such as International Night.

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Students share expertise on eating for a sustainable future

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March 21, 2019

Woman standing in grocery store looking at produceFor the past few years, Professor Hallie Eakin has been teaching "SOS 327: Sustainable Food and Farms" in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. Eakin, a senior sustainability scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, is an expert in food systems and students take her class to learn about theories of food security, rural livelihood sustainability and food sovereignty, as well as sustainability challenges associated with food system activities (production, processing, distribution, consumption and waste).

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Arizona PBS highlights sustainability scientists' work in hot playgrounds and green buildings

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March 21, 2019

Woman taking a picture with a cameraTwo new segments of “Catalyst” by Arizona PBS, in the episode released March 20, feature Senior Sustainability Scientists in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability: Jenni Vanos and Harvey Bryan.

Hot playgrounds and microclimates

The “Hot playgrounds and microclimates” segment discusses research studying the effects of heat and microclimates on playgrounds and the corresponding activity of children playing there.

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Students see eye to eye with marine life

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March 20, 2019

Students in boat looking up-close at whaleTwo Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability Senior Sustainability Scientists, Jesse Senko and Ira Bennett, brought a group of students to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico for a class they are teaching called “Sea Turtles, Sharks and Fisheries of Baja California: Emerging Topics in Marine Conservation."

This Global Intensive Experience, organized by the ASU Study Abroad Office, was one of 15 spring break programs across 12 different countries. These 20 students were part of the 230+ students participating in a study abroad program during ASU’s 2019 spring break.

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Meet sustainability senior Haley Penny

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March 1, 2019

Haley PennyHaley Penny is a hardworking senior soon to graduate from the School of Sustainability and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University. Through her unique experiences abroad and insight from influential professors, Penny learned the importance of cultural representation in sustainability and city planning, and became motivated to develop multilingual sustainability curriculum.

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Meet sustainability senior Hillary Junglas

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February 26, 2019

Hillary JunglasHillary Junglas, a senior in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University who’s double majoring in supply chain management, is driven to apply sustainability to the business world. And with all she’s learned and experienced through ASU, she’s on the right track to do just that.

“I love the School of Sustainability and could not be happier with my experience as a sustainability student,” Junglas said. “The people, the classes, the experiences available — everything motivates me every day to follow my passion and make a difference with my degree. I look forward to graduation and where life will take me, but I will always credit the School of Sustainability for the inspiration and support I needed to succeed.”

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Cultivating growth and experience: The Farm at South Mountain internship program

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February 12, 2019

Matthew Waldman headshotOriginally studying to become a civil engineer, Matthew Waldman was so inspired by a sustainable neighborhoods urban development class that he changed his major to sustainability at Arizona State University.

As a School of Sustainability student, Waldman was able to participate in first-hand experiential learning opportunities that allowed him to serve the community while gaining real-world experience. He said his most meaningful opportunity was his internship at The Farm at South Mountain.

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Meet sustainability alumnus Nathan Gassmann

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February 11, 2019

Nathan GassmannIt took 10 years for Nathan Gassmann to get his bachelor’s degree — the “scenic route,” as he called it. But finally getting that diploma in 2014 from the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University was the result of a lot of hard work, persistence, and balancing responsibilities as a parent, student and employee.

Gassmann recently landed a job as Subway’s manager of global sustainability, and he said he’s excited to enact change at a large scale. His advice for all Sun Devils is to challenge themselves.

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New FutureCities podcast explores heat and thermal comfort

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February 6, 2019

FutureCities podcast logoIn latest episode of FutureCities podcast, "Heat and Thermal Comfort," host Stephen Elser interviewed Yuliya Dzyuban, Arizona State University School of Sustainability PhD student and Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network fellow, about her research involving extreme heat and the ways that people perceive and cope with that heat.

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Meet sustainability junior Ally DiSera

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January 31, 2019

Ally DiSeraBy leaving Minnesota to attend Arizona State University, junior Ally DiSera gave herself the opportunity to achieve a well-rounded sustainability education from the School of Sustainability — something she couldn’t find closer to home. “Sustainability is a human issue,” she said, so finding a program that touched on the social pillar of sustainability as well as environmental and economic pillars was important to her.

DiSera is currently pursuing dual degrees: a BA in sustainability and a BS in global supply chain management. Read the Q&A below to see how DiSera is making the most out of her time at ASU and how she plans to apply sustainability to her future career.

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Sustainability professor starts term as president of commons community

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January 30, 2019

Marco JanssenThis month Marco Janssen, a professor in the School of Sustainability and director of the Center for Behavior, Institutions and the Environment, started his two-year term as president of the International Association for the Study of the Commons. Founded in 1989, the IASC is devoted to bringing together multi-disciplinary researchers, practitioners and policymakers for the purpose of improving governance and management, advancing understanding and creating sustainable solutions for the commons, common-pool resources or any other form of shared resource.

The founding president of the IASC, the late Elinor Ostrom, won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for her analysis of economic governance, especially the commons. The study of the commons has extended beyond the traditional natural resources to applications in digital environments, health, urban space and space exploration.

In pursuit of happiness

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January 28, 2019

little girl wearing huge sunglasses and smilingASU Now asked several Arizona State University professors about how our relationships with each other, the world around us and ourselves can make us happy. One faculty member they interviewed was Scott Cloutier, assistant professor in the School of Sustainability.

At ASU, Cloutier leads the Sustainable Neighborhoods for Happiness project and has developed the “Sustainability Through Happiness Index,” a tool that allows planners to engage with neighborhood residents and collaborate to better understand and implement changes that will create happy places to live.

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Alumna lands job as sustainability manager

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January 23, 2019

Debbie NamugayiCongratulations to Arizona State University School of Sustainability alumna Debbie Namugayi, who in early 2019 started work as Eastern Kentucky University’s new sustainability manager. Namugayi earned her master's degree in sustainability in 2014, and has a history of connecting sustainability with higher education through prior positions at Bucknell University and the University of Maryland.

On top of accomplishment, Namugayi recently acted as the master of ceremonies for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education 2018 conferences.

Photo courtesy of Amanda Cain, Eastern Kentucky University

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Meet sustainability student Maryam Abdul Rashid

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January 18, 2019

Maryam Abdul RashidMaryam Abdul Rashid took a big risk enrolling in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. Coming from Malaysia, she said people back home questioned her prospects about what her future might be. But she took the leap anyway.

"I forever feel blessed to have been given the chance to travel 9,021 miles just to come to school here," Rashid said. "Coming here to ASU and the School of Sustainability was one of the best decisions I have ever made."

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