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Time to apply for the ASU President’s Award for Sustainability

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October 10, 2013

sustainable-cities-networkTeams of ASU faculty and staff are encouraged to complete an application for the ASU President’s Award for Sustainability when they have successfully developed, implemented, and promoted sustainability principles, solutions, programs or services in the areas of teaching, learning, research, community outreach, or campus operations.

The application form is online. The submission deadline is Jan. 9, 2014. Teams that receive this award will be recognized by President Michael Crow at a reception and award ceremony in April 2014.

For more information, contact Linda Uhley in the Office of Human Resources at linda.uhley@asu.edu or visit www.asu.edu/recognition.

Farmers market opens Oct. 8 at ASU Tempe campus

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October 8, 2013

Just in time for the fall weather, the Farmers Market @ ASU Tempe is open for business starting today. This year, a new Sustainability Speakers Corner event series attracts local sustainability and gardening experts to share their knowledge and provide conversational lectures on anything from worm composting to chicken raising.

"The new event series is another great way to promote health and wellness on campus, as well as to build relationships and community ties," says Betty Lombardo, University Sustainability Practices program manager. "By interacting with attendees, the food and gardening experts will help people connect with their food so that they can develop sustainable living practices."

Students, faculty and staff are welcome to get involved with the Farmers Market @ ASU Tempe by contacting Betty Lombardo.

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School of Sustainability students sort through waste for solutions

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October 6, 2013

Students from ASU's School of Sustainability, coordinators from ASU's Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, and managers from SRP and City of Phoenix conducted a waste audit of two SRP buildings at a City of Phoenix waste transfer station. Participants wanted to see the difference between the buildings' waste streams, one from an administrative building and the other from a fieldwork building. The students and project leaders sifted through 2,000 pounds of trash to decipher waste and recyclable items.

"We're learning that waste is actually a very valuable resource that we can utilize which is why I am involved in this; I want to see what we're throwing away and how we can divert a lot from landfills," says Tony Perez, an undergraduate in the School of Sustainability.

Many students observed the hidden intricacies behind our trash while sorting through food waste, soft plastics, colored glass, and paper products.

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Join us at ASU Homecoming 2013

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October 5, 2013

PrintArizona State University’s 2013 Homecoming theme is "All that Glitters is Gold," and the Global Institute of Sustainability and School of Sustainability want to celebrate everything gold and green!

Keep your eyes out for some "sustainable bees" at the Homecoming Parade starting at 11:00 a.m. Then join the Institute and School at the Homecoming Block Party that begins at 12:00 p.m.

At the Block Party, visit the School of Sustainability tent in Zone H, tent 155 (map) to receive sustainable swag, make your mark on the giant thumbprint tree, get your very own “bee sustainable” temporary tattoo, and test your knowledge on the giant crossword puzzle. Also learn how you can travel to Botswana with Senior Sustainability Scientist and ecologist Dan Childers to study African wildlife, a spring 2014 trip organized by the Arizona State University Alumni Association.

Come by the Institute’s tent in Zone H, tent 154 (map) to taste and purchase some locally grown dates, create your own newspaper seed planter with the ASU Arboretum team, learn how to compost, relax in the Zen garden, take a sustainability themed photo with your friends, play fun ecology games, and enjoy a bee-themed craft station.

Then stick around for some Sun Devil Football at 3:00 p.m.!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

11:00 a.m. Homecoming Parade

12:00 p.m. Homecoming Block Party

3:00 p.m. Football Kickoff

University Dr. and College Ave.

Arizona State University, Tempe campus

School of Sustainability student examines climate change impacts on Nepali farmers

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September 23, 2013

This past summer, School of Sustainability junior Tayler Jenkins traveled to the south Asian sovereign state of Nepal to assist Sustainability Scientist Netra Chhetri on his research investigating climate change impacts on farmer livelihoods. Jenkins collected fodder, turned buffalo excrement into fuel, and learned conservation farming methods.

"Living on the farm was cool because the Nepalis have such a slow pace, but they still get things done," Jenkins says. "They are always in the present and their time is based on the sun."

Jenkins also received a Neely Foundation Food and Agriculture Sustainability Research Grant for her self-proposed thesis topic on the community-based Rupa Lake Rehabilitation and Fishery Cooperative.

See Jenkins' photos from the trip »

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The Chronicle of Higher Education: Filmmaker helps students tell stories about climate change

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September 19, 2013

peter byckNew professor and filmmaker Peter Byck shares his story of how he became interested in sustainability and climate change to The Chronicle of Higher Education's Sydni Dunn. Byck is a professor of practice in ASU's School of Sustainability and Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

His first course, Sustainability Storytelling, started this fall and has students creating short documentaries about solar issues in Arizona.

"The sustainability students know the subject but don't know how to tell the stories, and the journalism students know how to share the message but don't have a firm grasp on the details," says Byck. "That's why we brought them together."

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Yahoo! Finance: ASU President Michael M. Crow's view on university sustainability

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September 18, 2013

mcrowAramark, a leader in food services and Arizona State University's food provider, released its 2013-2014 edition of Presidential Perspectives, a collection of 10 essays written by university presidents. This year's theme is Elevating Sustainability Through Academic Leadership, and in one chapter, ASU President Michael M. Crow shares how he's managed to transform one of the largest universities in the nation into a sustainable success story.

"America's colleges and universities are responsible for the majority of the scientific discovery and technological invention that has advanced sustainability science," says President Crow, also author of the edition's Foreword. "For academic institutions, fostering teaching and research that advances sustainability thus requires new institutional arrangements. But, more broadly, universities should be at the vanguard of producing societal transformation and solutions to the challenges that confront humanity."

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School of Sustainability’s risk takers recognized for entrepreneurial spirit

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September 16, 2013

Arizona State University's School of Sustainability was honored with the Bootstrapper Award at the Startup Bowl 2013 reception held August 29.

This year's Startup Bowl had 665 student participants. ASU’s School of Sustainability—with more than 300 majors and 500 minors—received the Bootstrapper Award for the highest amount of participants out of the School’s total enrollment.

"We are very entrepreneurial," says Christopher Boone, interim dean for the School of Sustainability. "We may be the smallest college, but we’re never short on big ideas."

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Uloop News: 16 Things That Colleges are Doing to Help the Environment

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September 16, 2013

In the national online collegiate news site, Uloop, reporter Elena Novak from Florida State University compiles a list of 16 actions U.S. universities are doing to be more environmentally friendly and sustainable. Among a list made up of buildings, dorms, wind turbines, farms, and vehicles, ASU's School of Sustainability stands out for its unique education offerings.

"There are multiple layers of solutions-orientation at ASU and one of them is through emphasizing and rewarding use-inspired research and another one is through walking the talk and making the university a more sustainable place," says Candice Carr-Kelman, assistant director for the School.

School of Sustainability student Maximilian Peter Christman has learned forward-thinking during his studies.

"I think a common conception is that sustainability is about giving your children and your children’s children the same opportunity that you had," he says.

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GreenBiz.com: Why colleges should add green to their school colors

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September 16, 2013

A GreenBiz.com article reports on the current sustainability undertakings of universities across the U.S., including Arizona State University.

There are many benefits that come with sustainability, as outlined by reporter Jonathan Bardelline, that include student recruitment, lower costs, improved branding, and healthier student and staff experiences. ASU's Global Institute of Sustainability houses the nation's first transdisciplinary School of Sustainability, where students gain first-hand knowledge and application of sustainability concepts.

"We're trying to find the right balance of theory and practical implementation," says Nick Brown, senior sustainability scientist at ASU's Global Institute of Sustainability.

ASU has two major sustainability goals: to be completely carbon neutral by 2035 and a zero waste university by 2015.

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National exhibit to feature ASU students’ sustainable urban design research

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September 12, 2013

Honors students in Senior Sustainability Scientist David Pijawka's course will have their research photographs and videos displayed in October's Biophilic Cities Launch exhibit.

Pijawka's course, Sustainable Cities, focused on sustainability issues within urban cities. The honors students explored Valley locations and analyzed their "biophilic," or natural designs. Biophilia, a concept popularized by ecologist E.O. Wilson, suggests that humans have an innate connection to nature and need it to be happy and healthy. Cities apply biophilia to design buildings, parks, preserves, and residences.

"Biophilia is a 'hook' for sustainability; students often engage with this concept really quickly because they can think about themselves and how nature plays a role in their life," says Dorothy Trippel, Pijawka's teaching assistant and a graduate of the School of Sustainability.

The exhibit will take place on October 17-20 at the University of Virginia.

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ASU sustainability grad joins VF Corporation as sustainability coordinator

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September 3, 2013

Andrea-Baty_profile-picAndrea Baty, a School of Sustainability master's graduate, recently became VF Corporation's newest sustainability coordinator. VF Corporation is an $11-billion clothing company that includes brands like Nautica, Wrangler, Kipling, and The North Face. Baty joins the Sportswear division, working with the Nautica and Kipling teams.

As the sustainability coordinator, Baty designs employee education programs, organizes volunteer events, develops a sustainability strategy for both brands, and presents on corporate sustainability.

"My duties allow me to see the impact of shifting a company to more sustainable operations," Baty says. "There is a large effect of one company’s operations that ripples down to supply chains and people."

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ASU art professor teaches Honduran youth sustainability through photography

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August 26, 2013

Julie Anand, a professor in Arizona State University's School of Art and a Senior Sustainability Scholar in ASU's Global Institute of Sustainability, designed and organized a photography workshop at a Honduran nonprofit this past summer. She partnered with Guaruma, an organization that provides photography and computer science after-school programs to local Honduran youth.

"We created cyanotypes because they are very elemental—only needing sunlight, water, and observation of natural patterns," says Anand. "Through photography classes at Guaruma, the children learn to understand their place, to be wide awake in it, and to love it."

The students' artwork will be displayed at ASU's Step Gallery September 16-20, with an opening reception on Tuesday, September 17, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Sales from the artwork will go to Honduran primary and secondary schools. All are welcome to attend.

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ASU ranks among world's top 100 universities

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August 23, 2013

Arizona State University joins Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Center for World-Class Universities top 100 universities in the world list. Shanghai Jiao Tong University just released its 11th edition of "2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities."

According to the authors of the rankings, ASU is "perhaps the most advanced globally in terms of merging the boundaries between academic disciplines. President Michael Crow has led Arizona in a strategy of differentiation, whereby the university’s academic profile is focused upon intellectual fusion around major international challenges."

Within the report, ASU ranked 46th among all universities in the United States and 25th among all public U.S. universities.

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ASU's Decision Center for a Desert City expands water reuse studies using WaterMatch

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August 22, 2013

To investigate the demand and uses of graywater or effluent in Arizona, Arizona State University's Decision Center for a Desert City (DCDC) turned to a social networking and digital mapping program called WaterMatch. In 2011, ASU partnered with Intel and CH2M HILL to develop the program that "plays matchmaker" for graywater producers and consumers. DCDC is using WaterMatch to investigate the incentives, roadblocks, and constraints for wastewater reuse.

“This is important because there are many different groups that are pointing to water reuse as an important part of the solution for water sustainability,” says Dave White, principal investigator, co-director of DCDC, and senior sustainability scientist in ASU's Global Institute of Sustainability.

Two School of Sustainability students, Saad Ahmed and Rud Moe, were data collectors for WaterMatch, locating water treatment plants in Arizona and New Mexico.

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ASU is named a 2013 'Cool School' by Sierra Club

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August 14, 2013

Each year, the Sierra Club's magazine, Sierra, analyzes and rates national universities based on particular sustainability categories like food, transportation, and curriculum. This year, Arizona State University ranks 55 out of 162 universities. ASU shines in the curriculum, purchasing, and transportation categories, beating University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University.

To be part of the annual rankings, university administrators are responsible for submitting answers to the Sierra Club's questionnaire, sharing accomplishments and methods on sustainability practices.

To date, ASU generates a total of 20.8 MW of solar energy on all campuses and is developing a zero waste program with Waste Management. University employees and students are always finding ways to purchase sustainable materials and reuse supplies.

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ASU student develops water purifier, named College Entrepreneur of the Year

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August 14, 2013

ASU chemical engineering graduate student Jared Schoepf, co-founder of SafeSIPP, a student-led startup in ASU’s Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative, has been named a top five finalist in the "College Entrepreneur of the Year" competition run by Entrepreneur Magazine.

SafeSIPP was founded by Schoepf and his fellow ASU chemical engineering classmates Lindsay Fleming and Taylor Barker, to solve three critical problems facing rural communities in the developing world: transportation, purification and storage of drinking water.

"The statistics are staggering," says Schoepf. "More than 3,000 children die each day in developing countries because they don’t have access to clean, safe-to-consume water. When the SafeSIPP team set out to create our water system, we knew we had to address this issue as well as the transportation issue. So we invented a purification unit that attaches within the system so that, as the barrel is being transported, the water is simultaneously being purified as it moves."

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Green Living Magazine: Film director Peter Byck teaches Sustainability Storytelling

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August 13, 2013

In the August issue of Green Living Magazine, newly appointed professor of practice and documentarist Peter Byck shares his expectations for his new fall course, Sustainability Storytelling. In a teaching position jointly shared between ASU’s School of Sustainability and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Byck will show students how to film their own short documentary on solar power in Arizona.

"The first place that we’re going to delve into is all the solar work that’s going on in Gila Bend," he says. "The class starts in August and we’ll start shooting in September."

Byck is also working on his most recent documentary, a follow-up to his 2010 film, Carbon Nation called Carbon Nation 2.0, under a partnership with ASU.

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GreenBiz.com: How ASU aims to create sustainability leaders in business

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August 12, 2013

apm_asu_30_2In an article by GreenBiz.com producer Joel Makower, Arizona State University's recently developed Executive Master’s for Sustainability Leadership program is said "to fill a critical gap in sustainability education in business." Meant for those already in the business world, but looking to advance their education and background, the new program takes only a year to complete and is based around four curriculum themes: leadership, strategy, communication, and global context.

"One of the things we’ve found is that there’s a real yearning for organizations to understand what sustainability is and [how] it can add value to organizations," says Christopher Boone, professor and interim dean of ASU’s School of Sustainability. "Ultimately, [sustainability is] about finding solutions. When we’re thinking about solutions, we need to think about not just how things work in theory, but how we can apply that theory to find solutions to complex problems."

The first cohort begins in January. On Aug. 20, Joel Makower will host a one-hour webcast, The Secrets of Sustainable Leadership in Business, sponsored by the ASU Executive Master’s for Sustainability Leadership program. Register here.

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School of Sustainability alum now environmental program manager for City of Avondale

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August 7, 2013

Culotta,DanielDaniel Culotta, who graduated from ASU's School of Sustainability last spring, is now the Environmental Program Manager for the City of Avondale. He is responsible for assisting companies, facilities, and organizations in achieving environmental regulation compliance, but also for creating the city's first-ever municipal sustainability plan.

"We’re creating the sustainability plan using an up-to-date, participatory, and evidence-based approach," Culotta says. "This plan will serve as the foundation for action going forward."

Culotta attributes his career success to the organizational and solution-focused experiences he had while at the School of Sustainability. He hopes that his new position will show people that sustainability is a fact of life.

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