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We invite you and your family to see the world through the eyes of our teachers, scientists, practitioners and researchers; to reimagine your home, your neighborhood, your community, your business and your life. Join us to celebrate a sustainable future and share in the creation of innovations and ideas that will make that future possible.

Sustainability Solutions Festival

Celebrate Sustainability Solutions

Every February Arizona becomes the epicenter for sustainability, attracting business leaders, families, students, scientists and artists to the Sustainability Solutions Festival, a week-long series of events that enable you to adopt sustainability solutions and celebrate those who develop them.

Supporting Sustainability Solutions Throughout the Year

To take action for positive change, the support of solutions can’t be limited to a single week. The Sustainability Solutions Festival partners with programs and organizations that support and honor students, creative thinkers, researchers and entrepreneurs at local, national and international competitions and fairs year round. Past award winners include:
  • a Canadian high school student who developed an anti-malarial drug using mustard seed oil
  • a Phoenix nonprofit turning vacant lots into community gathering places
  • an Ohio student who created a process to purify contaminated water in remote villages using charcoal from banana peels
  • local entrepreneurs who developed an all-natural anti-lice treatment that keeps kids in school
  • a mother-turned-business owner of a safe, kid-friendly toy company that uses 100 percent recycled and natural materials, transforming waste into toys
  • a team of Indian students who found an easy, affordable pesticide-detection and removal kit for produce

Support Future Trailblazers

Students, creative thinkers, researchers and entrepreneurs who generate solutions to sustainability challenges are funded and recognized by the Sustainability Solutions Festival at local, national and international fairs and competitions including:
The Sustainability Solutions Festival also develops sustainability-minded K-12 education curriculum for the Common Core and engages community members in building a better Arizona by partnering with:
Hawaiian teachers working at the June 2015 Teachers' Academy

Sustainability Teachers’ Academy

By engaging K-12 teachers in professional development opportunities to learn about and integrate sustainability science into their classrooms and school communities, they will equip their students to actively address sustainability challenges throughout their lives. Through the academy, top K-12 educators from across the US will design project-based experiential learning opportunities mentored by ASU’s Sustainability Scientists and Scholars. By adopting these educational initiatives, teachers will encourage a new generation to create innovative solutions to our world’s challenges. The Academy will build a cadre of passionate educators who will in turn work with their peers to integrate sustainability concepts into their classrooms, campus and community.

Sustainability in Science Museums

By offering tools and professional development for a network of science centers and museums, the Sustainability in Science Museums program will enable these places of exploration and scientific discussion to become both exemplars and promoters of sustainability science and practice. As a leader in sustainability, ASU has experience working with science museums and educators to help develop captivating sustainability content as well as integrate sustainable practices throughout a facility’s operations.

Combine the Real with the Imagined

Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge,” but we think imagination and knowledge is a formidable combination for solving sustainability challenges. That’s why the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative, a university partnership between the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and the Center for Science and the Imagination, encourages teachers, scientists, students and community members to use their imaginations to create solutions for global climate challenges.

2016 High School Intern – Cameron Najafi

Over the summer of 2016, the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives engaged Cameron Najafi as a High School Intern. His assignments included working with our Sustainability Teachers’ Academy, interviewing faculty regarding their view of the future and the role of youth. To accompany his findings, Cameron produced a video to encourage his peers to engage in sustainability no matter what their passion, because sustainability impacts everything.