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SOS 498/594: Fall 2015

There is a dearth of documented sustainability best practices for urban systems in arid and semi-arid environment. This includes the sectors of sustainable energy, water, waste management, urban forestry, food systems, transportation and health. Practitioners and policy makers in Arizona seek best practices and case studies to draw information from and for comparative purposes for improved decision making. In this applied course students collaborate with stakeholders from cities and municipalities to document and analyze best practices, draft case studies and provide insight on a variety of sustainability topics. Students collaborate with and shadow selected officials to design, explore, verify and disseminate activities that are being currently implemented and have not been documented. Using standardized practices, this highly collaborative work forms the basis of the cities’ real time case studies and best practices in any chosen sector.

Urban Sustainability Applications is a graduate and senior level course offered in Fall 2015 by the School of Sustainability and taught by Dr. Nalini Chhetri and advised by Anne Reichman. The following are the final deliverables and presentation materials that were completed at the conclusion of the Fall 2015 semester. They were presented at a meeting hosted by SCN on December 3rd, 2015. The presentations from this semester are listed below.

Fall 2015

SOS 494/598 Urban Sustainability Best Practices/Case Studies was a graduate/senior level course offered in Fall 2015 by the School of Sustainability and taught by Dr. Nalini Chhetri. The following are the final deliverables and presentation materials that were completed at the conclusion of the Fall 2015 semester. They were presented at a meeting hosted by SCN on December 3rd, 2015. The presentations from this semester are listed below.

City of Avondale: Complete Streets

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City of Peoria: Best Management Practices for Sustainable Desert Community Parks

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City of Tempe: Master Urban Forester Program

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Urban Tree Planting: Benefits Outweigh Costs to Phoenix

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Planning for a Resilient Future: A Climate Vulnerability Assessment for the Florence Military Reservation

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Sparky’s Guide to Sustainability: University Sustainability Practices at ASU

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Glendale Water Conservation Video



Maricopa County Green Government Program Video



Maricopa County Air Quality and Ozone Educational Videos



Mesa Multi-Family Housing Program

  • Presentation by Taylor Reimann, Nikole Bunger, Joseph Zarroli, and Christopher Brush. Video script
Read the final report.