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2021 Schedule of Events

Event 2021 Date Link
Community Sustainability Forums February 3, 10, 17 and 24
Chain Breakers Summit February 5
Chain Breakers Gallery February 11 and 18
Sustainability Solutions Series Dates TBD Coming!
Live with Future Leaders Dates TBD Coming!
Virtual Field Trip: Creating Virtual Tours for Environmental Storytelling April 21 and 28

Each one-hour forum is designed for you to make new friends in your community, learn from your neighbors and share your expertise. Together, we can make the world a better place.

  • February 3 at 4 p.m. – Can You Fight Climate Change With Your Food? Scientists estimate that food production accounts for as much as 25% of global greenhouse gas emissions. In this session, we’ll discuss best practices for consuming healthy, sustainably-sourced foods in your community.
  • February 10 at 4 p.m. – Explore Your World Through Nature Journaling It can be a challenge to connect with nature in our fast-paced, busy lives. But taking time to observe and reflect on the natural environment around us can be inspiring and rejuvenating. In this session, we’ll introduce a simple but effective practice for connecting with nature.
  • February 17 at 4 p.m. – How To Thrive in a Desert City Life in the desert southwest can be difficult. Limited rainfall, extreme summer temperatures, prickly plants, and animals all around. In this session, you’ll consider the challenges of life in a desert city and share strategies for living and thriving sustainably.
  • February 24 at 4 p.m. – Feeling Disconnected? Strategies for Staying With Friends and Family During a Pandemic. In the year since COVID-19 emerged, we’re all longing for contact with the important people in our lives. In this session, we’ll work together to uncover new ways to stay connected despite the pandemic.

All programs are conducted in partnership with the Chandler Public Library

Chain Breakers: Shared Responsibility for Ethical Supply Chains

The International Labor Organization estimates there are more people in slavery today than the previous two centuries, combined (ILO Report 2017). Slavery continues to exist in every country, and in our modern day supply chains- but so do abolitionists.

Chain Breakers is a new speaker series and digital exhibit that empowers individuals and companies to act against forced labor by benchmarking industries, sharing transparent Supply Chain strategies, and introducing a myriad of tools and technology to overcome modern day labor injustices in various forms.

The Summit is February 5, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MST, with guest speakers and open gallery viewing on Thursday, February 11 and 18 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. MST.

This event is free to all.

Virtual Field Trips

Presented by the ASU ETX Center, these sessions will guide you through storytelling from an environmental perspective using Infiniscope. A NASA-funded project created by ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, Infiniscope designs standards-based digital-learning experiences that immerse learners in virtual 360-degree environments. Learners explore Earth and space science through dynamic interactions, real-time feedback, and adaptive pathways.

This schedule is subject to change. More community partner events and event details will be added leading up to the Festival.

In addition to the virtual events above, please join us for…

28 Days of Sustainability Calendar

The details for each day’s activity can be found on our Instragram feed. Check in each day to learn more and be sure to tag us!

(re)imagine our global future – TOGETHER!

As the Sustainability Solutions Festival embarks on its eighth year, the world remains focused on defeating a global pandemic. Today, students are learning in new ways, communities are coming together to support one another and businesses are continuously adapting to the changing demands. For 2021 and in recognition of the changing world around us, the Sustainability Solutions Festival, through a virtual platform, will engage the public and industry alike in exciting new ways to design a healthy and prosperous future.

Building upon the notion that in 2020 and into the futures that we are all in this together, the theme of this year’s Sustainability Solutions Festival is “Togetherness.” Sustainability solutions emerge when we work together, bringing our diverse thoughts, energies, talents and backgrounds to the table to co-create. Together we can build a future in which the everyone and our plant may thrive. The Festival’s many forums and events include:

  • Conferences
  • Community gatherings
  • Film screenings

Sustainability Solutions Science Fair

The 2021 Sustainability Solutions Science Fair is a virtual opportunity open to researchers, innovators and engineers age 12-18 from around the world. Arizona State University, in partnership with Wells Fargo Foundation and the Rob and Melani Walton Foundation, are calling for projects that drive change for good and develop thriving communities. Awards of up to $2,500 in cash prizes and mentorships in advancing the application of sustainability solutions are up for grabs. How do you plan to help shape tomorrow, today?

Additional Science and Sustainability Competitions

The Sustainability Solutions Festival is active throughout the year supporting competitions and festivals across the globe that encourage and promote innovation and creative among students and entrepreneurs developing solutions to our planet’s challenges. Unfortunately,science fairs across the world were forced to be canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Keep an eye here for updates on future competitions.

Event 2020 Date Location
Future City Arizona Regional Competition January 25, 2020 Paradise Valley High School
Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair March 26-27, 2020 Canceled due to COVID-19
International Science and Engineering Fair May 10-15, 2020 Canceled due to COVID-19

Become a sponsor

The Sustainability Solutions Festival provides organizations an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to a better, healthier planet. In its first two years, the Sustainability Solutions Festival has engaged more than 41,000 people of all ages and backgrounds and made more than 10 million impressions across traditional and digital media. Multiple sponsorship levels are available, as well as custom solutions to best align your organization with the Festival audience that includes global business leaders, local influencers and diverse families from across the greater Phoenix area.

Become a partner

The Sustainability Solutions Festival invites community organizations, museums, educators, cultural institutions and corporations across Arizona to join us as hosts of impactful events that develop and accelerate sustainability solutions. Submit your event to be included in the Sustainability Solutions Festival and help engage a broader audience and make the planet a better place for everyone.

For partnership or general inquiries, contact:

Kelly Saunders
Program Manager, Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Service

For media inquiries, contact:

Jason Franz
Assistant Director, Strategic Marketing and Communications, Knowledge Enterprise
The Sustainability Solutions Festival is supported through funding from the .