ASU presents Sustainability Operations Annual Review 2012

Arizona State University released its Sustainability Operations Annual Review 2012 this February. The four-panel pamphlet includes highlights about ASU’s progress in operational sustainability as well as relevant facts for each of the university’s overarching sustainability goals:

• Climate neutrality
• Zero waste
• Active engagement
• Principled practice

Download a PDF of the pamphlet from this Web page , or view a virtual version of the pamphlet on this Web page.

Please visit to learn more about the university’s sustainability goals and how individual ASU community members can help ASU achieve climate neutrality.

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Sustainable Cities Network earns Green Government award

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Arizona State University’s Sustainable Cities Network and its efforts in educating and promoting sustainability throughout the state.

On March 4, Jared Blumenfeld, the EPA’s Region 9 administrator and former director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment, presented the Network’s program manager Anne Reichman with the Pacific Southwest Region’s 2012 Green Government award at ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability.

Reichman says the past four years have been busy for the Network, and collaborations outside of Phoenix have increased.

“The Network shows what can happen when organizations and individuals come together and focus on the positives and the things they share in common,” says Reichman. “Sustainability is a very broad topic so it’s exciting to convene the cities on some very specific areas such as solar and energy efficiency.”

The Network was developed as a program within the Global Institute of Sustainability in response to challenging sustainability issues surrounding Arizona. Through local partnerships, the Network brings together experts, community members, tribal leaders, and city officials to gather lessons learned and share them with neighboring cities. Work groups collaborate on sustainability issues such as solar installation, urban heat island mitigation, city-wide recycling initiatives, and neighborhood design.

“Sustainability is really about where you live,” says Blumenfeld. “And the network that’s been created from in and around metro Phoenix is really a testament to what the Sustainable Cities Network has been willing to do, and also a testament to ASU’s work in the community and ability to think about not just global issues, but local issues.”

Since the Network’s inception in 2008, volunteers have connected with local and tribal sustainability practitioners from more than 25 jurisdictions and Maricopa County. The Network is an excellent example of ASU leveraging its place and supplying research to surrounding communities.

“It’s nice to see the cities use the Network as a vehicle by which they can share what they’ve learned,” says Reichman.

Since 1999, the EPA has acknowledged scientists, organizations, teachers, journalists, and others for their significant contributions to “protecting public health and preserving our natural surroundings” through its Environmental Awards.

Together, the EPA and the Sustainable Cities Network provide real-world solutions in ways that are applicable, adaptable, and resourceful.

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EPA Green Government Award Presentation

Honoring ASU’s Sustainable Cities Network

Join us as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 Administrator Jared Blumenfeld presents ASU’s with the EPA’s Environmental Award for Green Government.

This award recognizes programs that promote collaboration, cost-savings, and sharing of best practices with other governmental organizations. Share in the success of the Sustainable Cities Network at the award presentation.

As former director of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment,  focused on environmental-justice issues, working with residents and businesses, other city agencies, nonprofit organizations, and community groups to promote air quality, food availability, renewable-energy systems, sustainable land use, and greenhouse gas reduction. He joined the U.S. EPA in 2010.

Parking is available at the Fulton Center garage on the northeast corner of University and College Avenue. Your ticket can be validated at the event.

Date: Monday, March 4, 2013

Time: 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
Location: Wrigley Hall, Room 481 Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(refreshments will be provided)

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“Trees for People”: Developing a Tree & Shade Plan for Your Community


Resource Group Presentations

March 27th 2013, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mesa Arts Center, Contemporary Arts Building, Dobson Lecture Hall 1 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85201


  1. – Provide municipal and tribal communities with steps that can be taken to develop a Tree and Shade Plan.
  2. – Show how a Tree and Shade Plan ties into general plans, compliance issues, heat island concerns and Low Impact Development (LID).
  3. – Demonstrate local success stories through presentations from other communities.
  4. – Offer communities the available Tree and Shade Plan resources.

View the flyer for the event here.


  1. 7:30-8:00 a.m.: Registration, networking and refreshments
  2. 8:00-8:15 a.m.: Welcome, Anne Reichman, Program Manager – ASU’s Sustainable Cities Network; Dave Richins, Councilmember, City of Mesa
  3. 8:15-9:30 a.m.: “Speak for the Trees”: Developing a Tree and Shade Plan, Lysistrata Hall, Richard Adkins, City of Phoenix
  4. 9:30-9:45 a.m.: Break, refreshments, visit resource booths
  5. 9:45-10:00 a.m.: From Quartzsite to Phoenix, You Too Can Become a Tree City USA, Donna DiFrancesco, City of Mesa
  6. 10:00-10:20 a.m.: It Takes a Village to Plant Trees (And Grants Help), Joanne Toms, City of Glendale
  7. 10:20-11:00 a.m.: Green Infrastructure and the Urban Forest – Thinking Outside the Planter Box, James DeRoussel, Watershed Management Group
  8. 11:00 a.m.-Noon: Growing Connections to Achieve Goals: Tree and Shade Plan Resources
    • – Urban & Community Forestry –Arizona State Forestry: Alix Rogstad, Program Manager; Tree City USA, Federal and State Grants
    • – Arizona Community Tree Council: Heilee O’Quinn, Community Development; Membership Benefits, Certified Arborist Training, Tree Care Workshops
    • – Valley Permaculture Alliance: Debbie Fishell, Shade Tree Program Director; APS and SRP Shade Tree Programs
    • – Arizona Nursery Association: Susan Chase, Communication and Education Director; Plant Something campaign, Container Grown Tree Guide
    • – Arizona Landscape Contractors Association: Janet Waibel and Judy Gausman, Sustainable Landscape Management Certification Program
  9. Noon-1:00 p.m.: Lunch, networking, visit resource booths

Sponsorship Opportunity:

The anticipated attendance for this workshop is between 50-70 municipal employees and/ or tribal community members. Sponsorships are available and sponsors will receive recognition on promotional materials at the workshop.

  • – Morning refreshments sponsor: $400-$500
  • – Lunch sponsor: $500-$800

*For more information on the workshop and/or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Donna DiFrancesco at (480) 644-3334 or at