Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives
Established in 2012, the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives harness the knowledge and expertise within ASU to develop and deliver scalable solutions for the complex challenges of sustainability that our planet faces.
This is done through a set of synergistic programs designed to solve global problems through a service that creates practical, effective and affordable solutions to help governments, businesses, nonprofits and communities; educate future leaders with the knowledge and skills to move sustainability forward faster; and engage people of all ages with activities and resources that empower them to commit to make the planet better for all of its inhabitants.
Through its work with a global network of partners, the Walton Initiatives offer expertise in international development, sustainable business practices, circular economy, energy and resource efficiency and systems analysis, and functions as an access point to more than 350 sustainability scientists and scholars across the university.
The Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives are made possible by a generous investment by the Rob and Melani Walton Fund of the Walton Family Foundation.
The Sustainability Consortium
Comprised of more than 90 members – including non-governmental organizations, civil society and corporations from all corners of business – The Sustainability Consortium is jointly administered by ASU and the University of Arkansas. The global organization develops transparent methodologies, tools and strategies to drive consumer product sustainability.
Center for Biodiversity Outcomes
This center integrates research from many disciplines and brings together researchers, policy makers and community members to identify viable solutions to biodiversity through resource management, policy change and process change.
Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family
Stardust Center addresses economic and social sustainability by providing educational opportunities like outreach events, university-level courses and community resources that inform and promote sustainable, affordable housing.
Energy Policy Innovation Council
Through policy briefs, informative videos and custom reports and presentations to policymakers at the municipal, county and state levels, this group informs and educates policymakers on current, complex issues in energy policy that impact Arizona and beyond.
Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies
By accelerating commercialization of solar energy technologies through industry partnerships and expanding opportunities for education in energy engineering, QESST works to address one of society’s greatest challenges: sustainably transforming electricity generation to meet the growing demand for energy.
Decision Theater Network
The Decision Theater Network actively engages researchers and leaders to visualize solutions to complex problems. By providing expertise in collaborative, computing and display technologies for data visualization, modeling and simulation, this network addresses cross-disciplinary local, national and international issues.
GlobalResolve is a social entrepreneurship program that helps communities around the world solve challenges through sustainable research and development. Established in 2006, the program involves Arizona State University students in semester-long projects that directly improve the lives of underprivileged people and people in under-developed nations throughout the world.
Through GlobalResolve, ASU students and faculty collaborate with international universities, residents of rural villages, local governments, financial institutions and non-governmental organizations to develop and disseminate no-tech, low-tech and high-tech solutions that address pressing public health or environmental needs.
Because solutions developed by GlobalResolve are designed to be replicable locally, regionally and internationally, the solutions also create the potential for profitable new business ventures that generate sustainable income streams for impacted populations.
GlobalResolve is a unit of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, in partnership with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.
Through this partnership with ASU and Saint Luke’s Health Initiative, the city of Phoenix is engaging with neighborhoods near light rail stations to create safe, convenient, affordable and comfortable environments for walking, bicycling and using public transit. Building on existing neighborhood assets, the project develops long-range plans to create attainable, opportunity-rich communities.
Dynamics of Multi-Scalar Adaptation
MEGADAPT is both an international, transdisciplinary research initiative, designed to capture and simulate the social and biophysical dynamics that create flood risk and water scarcity in Mexico City, and a decision tool, enabling diverse actors in the city to explore the consequences of different approaches to risk management for the city and its residents.
Center for World Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
This center, a shared unit of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation and the College of Health Solutions, develops collaborations and implements culturally responsive health promotion and disease prevention interventions across the life continuum for the purpose of improving physical and mental health outcomes across the globe.