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ASU global sustainability

A generous investment from Julie Ann Wrigley supported the creation of our nation’s first School of Sustainability.

The Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation is the hub of Arizona State University’s local and global sustainability initiatives. The Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation advances research, education and business practices for an urbanizing world.


  • Articulate and exemplify Arizona State University’s university-wide commitment to sustainability
  • Actively support and encourage Arizona State University units and their partners in the teaching, learning and discovery of sustainability
  • Implement, extend, share and promote sustainable practices locally, nationally, globally
  • Connect scientists, scholars, humanists, engineers, technologists, policymakers, business leaders, students and communities to enhance the capacity to address challenges of sustainability


The ASU Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation provides leadership and coordination for university sustainability initiatives. Our first-ever School of Sustainability trains the next generation of sustainability practitioners, entrepreneurs and leaders.

An emphasis on sustainability across the curriculum directs coursework, research and outreach toward solving today’s most important problems. A university-wide commitment to sustainable operations encompasses all units at all four campuses.


With more than half of the world’s population living in cities, the key to global sustainability is making our cities sustainable. The ASU Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation places 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.

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