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ASU Wind Turbines Generate Electricity and Interest

November 18, 2008

Why has Arizona State University installed six parapet wind turbines on the roof of the recently remodeled Global Institute of Sustainability building?

Wind turbines generate electricity from a free and clean renewable resource. They don't add to global warming. And unlike solar power, the wind is often available both day and night.

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Planting commemorates ASU’s sustainability efforts

November 10, 2008

The Arbor Day Foundation is recognizing ASU for its best practices in campus community forestry through the Tree Campus USA program.

The Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota held a tree-planting event on the ASU Tempe campus to officially kick off Tree Campus USA. Eight other college campuses across the U.S. are also being recognized this fall for their efforts.

To celebrate this achievement, more than 100 students, faculty, and staff at ASU's Tempe Campus participated in a tree planting celebration hosted by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota.

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Sustainability Practice with ASU’s Bonny Bentzin

November 4, 2008

Interview by Sean Briggs and Kari Utley


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Kari Utley: Welcome to a special edition of iPopping Podcasts from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at the campus of Arizona State University, I'm Kari Utley.

For thousands of years the human species has called planet earth home. Within the past few decades, the health and vitality of our planet has been threatened. Perhaps now more than ever the term sustainability is being explored. Our very own Sean Briggs sits down with Bonny Bentzin, Manager of Arizona State’s Sustainability Business Practices, to find out more.

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ASU Team Among Finalists for Sustainable Innovation Summit

October 30, 2008

The ASU Sun team, composed of MBA students from the W.P. Carey School of Business and PhD candidates from the School of Sustainability, has been chosen as one of the 10 finalists from a total of 138 teams that entered the Thunderbird School of Global Management’s Sustainable Innovation Summit Challenge. Sun team members include Kushal Chawda and Andrew Harbut from the School of Business and Laurence Rosenberg and Wayne Porter from the School of Sustainability.

The Summit’s mission is “To foster learning environments that enable creation of sustainable (economic, social, and environmental) value through innovative solutions to real-world business challenges.”

The Sun team members, along with the other finalists, will present their innovation challenge responses during the Challenge's Final Round to be held November 13-15, 2008 at the Thunderbird School campus in Glendale, Arizona. For more information go to

Research Engineer Makes a Big Idea Bigger

October 22, 2008

By Michelle Schwartz

Communications and Marketing Coordinator

Global Institute of Sustainability

It's a bright idea.  Monitor a building's energy use, put the information under the noses of the building's occupants, and use it to persuade them to reduce their energy consumption. Brilliant!

ASU research engineer Joby Carlson thought so, too. But the lab manager for ASU's National Center of Excellence on SMART Innovations wanted to take it one step further.  Or really several steps.  He wanted to incorporate water and waste with energy data, he wanted to compare multiple buildings on campus, and he wanted to teach people exactly how they could reduce their resource use.  Oh, and he wanted to use ASU talent to put it all into a web-based tool that anyone could understand.

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Arizona's Largest Building Mounted PV Project at ASU

September 30, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO and WUXI, China, Sept. 30 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP - News), one of the world's leading manufacturers of photovoltaic cells and modules, today announced it has been selected to supply 1.6 megawatt (MW) of solar panels to Sun Devil Solar LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Integrys Energy Services, for its project with Arizona State University (ASU). The project will be installed on top of two elevated parking structures in the middle of the ASU's main campus using an innovating tracking system. The solar installations are to be completed by the end of 2008.

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ReGeneration Roadtrip: Degrees of Sustainability

September 29, 2008

Living and learning at Arizona State University's School of Sustainability

The folks at Arizona State University's Global Institute of Sustainability really rolled out the red green carpet for Sarah and me when we met them on a hot Friday afternoon. Through conversations with the school's key players and highly personalized tours of their facilities and features, they walked us through every step the university has taken to join the ranks of the world's leading environmental pioneers and thinkers.

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ASU's School of Sustainability Honored

September 12, 2008

Contributions help environment, life in Valley, group says

Arizona Republic

When Pinal County sought advice on managing its growth, students from Arizona State University's School of Sustainability reviewed the landscape from a helicopter and offered scenarios to guide planning.

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Econews Site Teams Up With ASU

September 8, 2008


Arizona State University has often stood out for its efforts to be ecofriendly. Since launching the country's first school of sustainability in 2007, the large college—about 60,000 students—has been praised by environmental groups as one of America's greenest universities. This week, the school will announce a partnership with, an eccentric online magazine that critically and humorously covers environmental news, to deliver a biweekly e-mail newsletter to the campus with local and national reporting on sustainability. ASU president Michael Crow, who also heads a union of university presidents to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions, spoke to NEWSWEEK's Daniel Stone about the school's efforts.

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Student Organizer Turns GreenSummit into Event Drawing Thousands

September 2, 2008

Arizona Republic

They say big ideas come from light-bulb moments.

Chris Samila’s big idea began with a real light bulb.

Vacationing in Costa Rica early last year with a classmate from Arizona State University, Samila noticed homes and businesses using energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.

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High Expectations for 2nd GreenSummit

August 30, 2008

by Chris Samila

For the Arizona Republic

Chris Samila, Director of the GreenSummitWhen we organized the first GreenSummit on ASU's Tempe campus last year, we never imagined that anyone but students and a few local residents would show up. We were astounded when we attracted the support of major corporate donors and 4,000 people and 55 exhibitors attended.

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Most Likely to Succeed

August 28, 2008

onEarth, independent publication of the National Resources Defense Council

When I traded New York City for Tempe, Arizona, in August 2001, I thought I was moving to a quiet desert town for graduate school. But Arizona State University, sitting in this suburb of Phoenix, was exploding in a maze of shimmering, freshly paved highways, heavily watered lawns struggling to stay green under the hot sun, and new buildings annexing desert land at a pace and on a scale I couldn't have imagined.

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New Program Offers "Sustainable" Business Degree

August 27, 2008


More people and businesses want to find ways to conserve energy and help make our natural resources last longer. As the new school year begins, a groundbreaking new degree program at the W. P. Carey School of Business will make it easier for business students to help their future companies utilize sustainability practices.

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ASU makes Kaplan list of top 25 green colleges

August 5, 2008

Today's students are going green and the move towards a sustainable future is impacting many of their decisions, including college and career choices. In recognition of this movement, Kaplan, a provider of education services for more than 70 years, has focused its new Kaplan College Guide 2009 for the first time on environmentally responsible schools and green careers.

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