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Solutions Festival


Sustainability Solutions Science Fair

Now more than ever, creativity and innovation for sustainability is necessary to create a stronger future. With science fairs canceled around the world in 2020 amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, students from grades 6-12 are craving a stage to celebrate their projects. In partnership with Wells Fargo and the Rob and Melani Walton Family Foundation, Arizona State University encourages young innovators and researchers to submit their science and engineering projects for the opportunity to win up to $2,500 in cash prizes and mentorship in advancing the application of sustainability solutions.

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2020 Schedule of Events

This schedule is subject to change. More community partner events and event details will be added leading up to the Festival.

Event 2020 Date Location
February 4-6 JW Marriott Camelback Inn
February 6 Mountain Shadows Resort
2020 Festival Film: The Biggest Little Farm February 12 Alamo Draft House Tempe
Sustainability Family Weekend February 15-17 Arizona Science Center
February 19-21 Renaissance Phoenix Downtown
February 22 ASU Tempe Campus
Sustainability’s Brewing February 24 Liberty Wildlife
February 29 ASU Polytechnic Campus, Mesa

(re)imagine your world

What is a sustainability solution to you? Locally produced food and goods? Energy-efficient and healthy buildings built from recycled and repurposed materials? A triple-bottom-line company that respects people, the planet and business? A city completely powered by renewable energy? What about an innovation that would allow nine billion people to exist on Earth? Finding solutions to issues this complex calls for many perspectives and partners. The Sustainability Solutions Festival convenes the planet’s top sustainability events and organizations for the month of February to discover and explore how we can individually and collectively reimagine our lives and our planet.

The Festival’s many forums and events include:

  • Conferences
  • Community gatherings
  • Film screenings

Meet Mona

Mona is our favorite local celebrity chef who likes to connect her community through food that she makes at her restaurant and brings to events in and around her neighborhood. She has put together an activity guide filled with information on how to be sustainable in how you connect via transportation, innovation, communication and education.

Mona’s Kitchen Recipe Winners

This year, Mona, in partnership with , invited kids from across Arizona to submit their favorite healthy recipes that were showcased at the Sustainability Family Day at Arizona Science Center on Feb. 19. The grand winner was the . Download and make each recipe yourself!

Science and Sustainability Competitions

The Sustainability Solutions Festival is active throughout the year supporting competitions and festivals across the globe that encourage and promote innovation and creative among students and entrepreneurs developing solutions to our planet’s challenges. Unfortunately,science fairs across the world were forced to be canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we are very excited to announce the 2020 Sustainability Solutions Fair, a special virtual science fair specifically for projects that explore global challenges while also developing or proposing viable solutions that help create a thriving future for all of Earth’s inhabitants. Look for more information on this fair beginning June 5.

Event 2020 Date Location
Sustainability Solutions Fair Summer, 2020 Enter now!
Future City Arizona Regional Competition January 25, 2020 Paradise Valley High School
Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair March 26-27, 2020 Canceled due to COVID-19
International Science and Engineering Fair May 10-15, 2020 Canceled due to COVID-19

Become a sponsor

The Sustainability Solutions Festival provides organizations an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to a better, healthier planet. In its first two years, the Sustainability Solutions Festival has engaged more than 41,000 people of all ages and backgrounds and made more than 10 million impressions across traditional and digital media. Multiple sponsorship levels are available, as well as custom solutions to best align your organization with the Festival audience that includes global business leaders, local influencers and diverse families from across the greater Phoenix area.

Become a partner

The Sustainability Solutions Festival invites community organizations, museums, educators, cultural institutions and corporations across Arizona to join us as hosts of impactful events that develop and accelerate sustainability solutions. Submit your event to be included in the Sustainability Solutions Festival and help engage a broader audience and make the planet a better place for everyone.

Do you need community service credit or are you looking to join the ASU army of changemakers? Help us communicate and share your personal enthusiasm for sustainability with audiences of all ages. We welcome volunteers from all over to support the month of events that includes conferences and public events. Together we can demonstrate ASU’s leadership in developing a more sustainable future for all. Volunteers will receive a limited edition Festival t-shirt.

For partnership or general inquiries, contact:

Kelly Saunders
Program Manager, Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Service

For media inquiries, contact:

Jason Franz
Senior Manager, Strategic Marketing and Communications, Knowledge Enterprise
The Sustainability Solutions Festival is supported through funding from the .