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Auriane Koster

Auriane Koster
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Adjunct Professor, School of Sustainability
President, Alumni Board, School of Sustainability
Sustainability Manager, Pierce Energy Planning

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502

Auriane Koster (PhD 2013), is a Sustainability Manager for Pierce Energy Planning (PEP). PEP provides complete energy conservation services to public and private sector companies throughout the United States empowering them to create a culture that embraces the principles of conservation and supporting them in saving millions of dollars. Auriane primarily works with school districts on implementing sustainability into their curriculum, campuses, and communities. She is also an Adjunct Professor for the School of Sustainability and the President for the School of Sustainability Alumni Chapter. Previously, Auriane was a Lecturer for the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College teaching the Sustainability Science for Teachers course developed by Nobel Laureate Lee Hartwell’s team. Auriane completed her PhD in 2013 from Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability.

Her PhD research analyzed how governance contributes to energy transitions and successful renewable-energy implementation at the national scale in an international context. Her research can be applied to understand all types of transitions, from the narrower energy transitions, to the broader sustainability transitions. While in graduate school, as a Sustainability Science for Sustainable Schools (NSF GK-12) fellow from 2010-2012, a program which won the ASU 2013 President’s Award for Sustainability and the 2012 Valley Forward Award of Merit for Environmental Excellence, she helped implement sustainability into the curriculum, campus, and community of Phoenix valley high schools. Auriane has become heavily involved in sustainability initiatives from the local to the national scale. She is a member of the Arizona State University Sustainability Design Advisory Committee and the Arizona US Green Building Council (USBGC) Green Schools Committee. She is also the co-Chair for the Arizona Association for Environmental Education’s Environmental Literacy Plan Working Group. 

PhD, Sustainability, Arizona State University, 2013

BS, Environmental Science and Management, University of Rhode Island, 2008

BS, Applied Mathematics, University of Rhode Island, 2008

Journal Articles


Koster, A. M. and P. Olson. 2013. ASU sustainable design guidelines. Educational Facility Planner 47(1):19-26.


Koster, A. M. and B. Denker. 2012. Sustainable schools program and practice: Partnership building with Tempe Union High School District. Educational Facility Planner 46(1):23-27.

Book Chapters


Koster, A. M. and J. M. Anderies. 2013. Institutional factors that determine energy transitions: A comparative case study approach. Pp. 33-62 Renewable Energy Governance: Complexities and Challenges (Lecture Notes in Energy). Springer. ISBN: 978-1447155942.



Koster, A. M. 2006. Wind turbine project at the University of Rhode Island. Poster presentation of Senior Honors project for the University of Rhode Island Honors Program.



Rodegher, S. and A. M. Koster. 2012. ASU Sustainability Science for Sustainable Schools program: Best practices for effective partnerships. Presentation at the What's Next for Sustainable Schools and Communities, Council for Educational Facilities Planners, January 2012, Tempe, AZ.

Rodegher, S. and A. M. Koster. 2012. Conceptual modeling for sustainability science education. Presentation at the 2012 Green Schools National Conference, Green Schools National Network, February 2012, Denver, CO.


Koster, A. M. 2011. Conceptual modeling in sustainability science education.

Koster, A. M. 2011. Sustainability energy basics. Presentation at APS Back to School Resource Fair.

Koster, A. M. 2011. Sustainability energy basics. Presentation at the Inspire to Inquire: 6th Annual Education Fair and Conference.

Lim, M., M. Bivona, A. M. Koster, E. Spiro, C. Jaeger, N. Woodbury and R. Poe. 2011. Sustainability of what, how and for whom? Progress development, and justice in greater Phoenix. Roundtable discussion at American Society for Environmental History Conference, Phoenix.

Rodegher, S. and A. M. Koster. 2011. Conceptual modeling in sustainability science education. Presentation at the Translating Science in the 21st Century, Arizona Science Teachers Association, September 2011, Mesa, AZ.

Clinton Global Initiative University Travel Award, 2011

ASU Spirit of Service Scholar, 2010-2011

Morris K Udall Undergraduate Scholarship, Honorable Mention, 2006

Enviromental Professional of Arizona Scholarship, 2010

Roderick Caldwell Endowment Scholarship for Excellence in Mathematics, 2008

Mark Gould Earth Day Scholarship, 2005

Global Arizona 100, Panel Reviewer, 2011