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LightWorks and QESST solarize Super Bowl Central

April 21, 2015

LightWorks and QESST are solarizing the Super Bowl Central block party Jan. 28-Feb. 1 in downtown Phoenix by connecting solar panels, which are erected to form a shade structure over the ASU booth. At the booth, batteries for fun games will be charged using solar energy.  QESST volunteers and students will display how solar energy is generated by showing off their own solar panels and hosting hands-on games, which allow participants to connect solar panels to switches and fans, and to solar-powered cars. Students who participate with QESST will also teach attendees about the innovations QESST has made in photovoltaics.

Gary Dirks and Ellen Stechel visit Mexican institutes to discuss collaboration

April 21, 2015

ASU LightWorks is looking forward to working more closely with Mexico’s UNAM Institute of Engineering, Institute of Renewable Energies, as well as Mexico’s Electrical Research Institute. Director and deputy director of ASU LightWorks, Gary Dirks and Ellen Stechel, visited their campuses in January 2015 and met with institutions’ directors to further discuss collaborations regarding undergraduate and graduate student exchange programs, bioremediation, desalination and joint algae ventures, expanding their solar expertise and operations, smart grids, micro grids and cross-border transmissions.

ASU student aims to clean up Phoenix canals

View Source | April 20, 2015

ASU student Will Novak - who is studying public service and public policy in the School of Public Affairs - has a plan to beautify the 181 miles of canals that run through Phoenix. The project recently received an ASU Innovation Challenge grant, which awarded him $2,000 from the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies.

ASU receives Food Recovery Challenge Certificate of Achievement from the EPA

April 18, 2015

ASU receives a 2014 Food Recovery Challenge (FRC) Certificate of Achievement from the EPA for increasing food waste diverted from landfills by 742% from 2012 to 2013.  Through food recycling alone, ASU has prevented 178 metric tons of carbon equivalent, which is like avoiding the burning of 191,102 lbs of coal.

ASU Sustainability Website now Powered by Giant Hamster Wheels

April 1, 2015



We admit it. This article is a total fake. Sorry. Someday, however, something just like this could happen.

As of April 1, 2015, the ASU Sustainability website will be carbon neutral, thanks to the dedication and endurance of School of Sustainability staff. If you visit Wrigley Hall today, you won't find typical desk setups. All have been replaced with standing desks - or perhaps walking desks is a better descriptor. The desks are stationed within 8-foot-diameter wheels, which the staff walk or jog on to generate electricity.

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First MSUS graduate featured in ASU alumni magazine

View Source | April 1, 2015

Karen Kao, the first person to graduate from the ASU School of Sustainability with a practice-based Master’s in Sustainable Solutions, is featured in the "My Cool Job" section of the ASU Magazine's March issue. Kao is now the sustainability program coordinator at GreenerU, a Boston-based organization that works with colleges to improve their sustainability and efficiency.

ASU's EcoCar 3 team featured on Fox 10

View Source | March 30, 2015

In the spirit of the Southwest Maker Fest happening in Downtown Mesa, Ashley Yost - Communications Manager for ASU's EcoCar 3 team - appeared on Fox 10 to discuss the competition and to showcase an educational prototype ASU engineering students created for it.

ASU team wins Social Venture Challenge at CGI U

View Source | March 25, 2015

The Stair Gardens Project, a sustainable food source venture founded by Arizona State University engineering student Ngoni Mugwisi, competed and won against 191 other ventures at the 2015 Social Venture Challenge, held in conjunction with the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) conference March 6-8.

ASU Wrigley Institute releases updated prospectus

March 20, 2015

ASU-Sustainability-ProspectusAn advance copy of the ASU Wrigley Institute's latest prospectus - which provides an overview of ASU’s efforts to further sustainability at the university and beyond - has been mailed to ASU's Board of Directors for Sustainability. An electronic version will soon be posted online. We welcome your feedback.

With help of S4, TUHSD receives Governor's Award for Energy Excellence

View Source | March 3, 2015

The Arizona Governor’s Office of Energy Policy recently honored Tempe Union’s Innovative Energy Solutions and Sustainability Project with the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Energy Education. The award, which recognizes outstanding energy education programs in K-12 schools, was created as part of the Governor's goal to prepare our next generation of energy professionals through energy education.

“Our goal is to provide our students with opportunities for hands-on learning, give them a competition edge in the environmental fields, and prepare them to be better citizens. We believe in this initiative so it’s really rewarding for the Governor’s Office to acknowledge our efforts,” said TUHSD Energy Coach Jessica Hauer. “We’re thankful to partners like ASU’s [Julie Ann Wrigley] Global Institute of Sustainability, Rio Salado College, Intel, and the City of Tempe, who share our mission.”

The Sustainability Science for Sustainable Schools program, a unit of the ASU Wrigley Institute, strives to further sustainability science by bringing sustainability projects into our high schools’ curriculum, campuses and larger communities.

ASU students, alum featured in 'Microdwelling' show

View Source | March 2, 2015

ASU architecture students from The Design School in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts helped to construct a selection of tiny spaces currently on view in “Microdwelling,” an exhibition featuring 12 structures under 600 square feet at the Schemer Art Center in Phoenix. They had just one month to construct their microdwelling spaces.

ASU students, alum featured in 'Microdwelling' show

View Source | March 2, 2015

ASU architecture students from The Design School in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts helped to construct a selection of tiny spaces currently on view in “Microdwelling,” an exhibition featuring 12 structures under 600 square feet at the Schemer Art Center in Phoenix. Three of the 12 structures were built by ASU students with the help of a $3,000 grant from The Central Arizona Architecture Foundation. They had just one month to construct their microdwelling spaces, and their efforts were highlighted in USA Today.

Prasad Boradkar: Thought Leader Series

February 25, 2015

asu-biomimicry-prasad-boradkarMarch 3 marks the launch of ASU's new Biomimicry Center, established in partnership with Montana-based Biomimicry 3.8, and co-directed by Prasad Boradkar. In this essay, Boradkar describes how biomimicry can help us create solutions to address our problems in sustainable ways.

CSPO named top 2014 university think tank

View Source | February 16, 2015

The Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes is the top university-based science and technology think tank in the U.S., according to the 2014 Global Go To Think Tanks Report. The report, published by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania, ranks the ASU department tenth  out of 45 science and technology think tanks worldwide.

GreenBiz U brings sustainability experts to ASU community

View Source | February 12, 2015

green-biz-university-forum-studentsGreenBiz U, a shadow conference of the 2015 GreenBiz Forum, brings sustainability business, education and thought leaders to ASU for a discussion of the latest trends, challenges and opportunities in sustainable business. The experts will cover topics ranging from portable solar electronics to the State of Green Business report, which will be discussed during the GreenBiz Forum in Paradise Valley.

GreenBiz U is part of the second annual Sustainability Solutions Festival, a program of the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives. It marks the first campus presentation by Sheila Bonini, who was named CEO of The Sustainability Consortium, a multi-stakeholder nonprofit organization that translates scientific information into business practice, last fall.

"This is an extraordinary collaboration with far-ranging impact,” said Joel Makower, chairman and executive editor of GreenBiz Group, Inc. “By leveraging our collective networks and knowledge bases, we are convening an unparalleled group of speakers and attendees that will make this week a truly exceptional opportunity for knowledge sharing and networking among the sustainable business community."

ASU Fulbright Scholar to study water in Mexico

View Source | February 2, 2015

As one of this year’s Fulbright Scholars, Arizona State University hydrology professor Enrique Vivoni will have an opportunity to work with some of Mexico’s leading experts in his field to advance his collaborative studies of the shared water resources between the U.S. and Mexico. The award enables him to spend nine months beginning in August 2015 conducting research at the Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada in Ensenada, Baja California, and the research center of Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología.

Recent accomplishments of sustainability alum Hannah Wells

January 28, 2015

Hannah Wells, who graduated from the School of Sustainability in 2011, recently passed her three-year anniversary with Crius Energy as Manager of Sustainability and began her MBA in Sustainability Management part-time at Presidio Graduate School. Wells is also coordinating a volunteer trip to Nicaragua for her company, in collaboration with GRID Alternatives, to install off-grid solar systems on 40 families' homes in March.

"After graduating from ASU I have been on a path to change the way our country uses energy, and to support corporations in being environmentally conscious...My education from the School of Sustainability prepared me to create the change I wish to see in the world and gave me the skills needed to lead this charge."