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Sustainability is often confused with the environmentalism, but at Arizona State University the concept is much broader than that. Sustainability is a fundamental principle that underlies ASU's learning, research, partnering and business operations. We have set an ambitious agenda to become a world leader among universities in finding and sharing sustainable solutions for a rapidly urbanizing planet.
Why ASU? ASU is uniquely position to respond swiftly and lead the way, with its dynamic energy, entrepreneurial spirit, quality and commitment to sustainability. The quality of society, the health of the environment and the strength of the global economy depend on finding solutions to multiple challenges of sustainability. ASU and our partners possess the intellectual assests to advance discovery, spawn innovation, transfer knowledge and transform behaviors.
The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability is the hub for Arizona State University’s sustainability initiatives. The institute advances research, education and business practices for an urbanizing world. Its School of Sustainability, the first comprehensive program of its kind in the U.S., offers transdisciplinary degree programs focused on finding practical solutions to environmental, economic and social challenges. In addition, The Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives utilize the considerable knowledge and research assets housed within the Wrigley Institute and the school to develop scalable solutions to solve environmental challenges and educate and engage global audiences to become future leaders for change.
With more than half of the world’s population living in cities, making our cities sustainable is key. The institute is joined by researchers across the university, including those in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, School of Life Sciences and Biodesign Institute, to offer special emphasis on urban environments in research and education, particularly focusing on greater Phoenix as an urban laboratory where solutions to water, energy, transportation and livability are largely applicable to other rapidly urbanizing areas around the world.
ASU strives to address a broad spectrum of global challenges, including: energy, materials and technology; water quality and supply; international development; ecosystems; social transformations; food and food systems; and policy and governance.