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Rob and Melani Walton
Sustainability Solutions Service

Your bridge to the most innovative knowledge network.

Navigating the complexities of sustainability isn’t easy. We convene more than 720 transdisciplinary researchers, faculty and innovative global partners to solve for these complex and urgent issues.

Discover. Convene. Act.

The Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Service empowers businesses, governments and NGOs to drive impactful change through actionable knowledge and innovation.

We are your access point to 600+ transdisciplinary scientists and scholars across the ASU ecosystem. We convene this knowledge network to understand what is possible and develop actionable strategies, transformative pilot programs and scalable systems that solve some of the most audacious and complex sustainability challenges.

When you partner with the Solutions Service, we become an extension of your team – working alongside you to co-design solutions and turn state-of-the-art research into tangible actions to disrupt old systems.

  • We anticipate the needs of the future through opportunities that maximize sustainable outcomes.
  • We objectively and passionately collaborate with diverse entrepreneurial partners to develop transdisciplinary solutions that are comprehensive, actionable, measurable and scalable.
  • We create shared value that positively impacts society.

The Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Service builds programs through substantial input from practioners, assigns projects that address important challenges and places people in environments beyond traditional learning spaces in order to drive real-time positive impact that also helps our partners meet and surpass their goals. Our impact thus far…

  • Number of projects: 157
  • Number of scalable solutions: 92
  • Number of countries we have worked in: 14
  • Number of continents we have worked in: 5
  • Number of businesses we have worked with: 43
  • Number of municipalities we have worked with: 16
  • Number of NGOs we have worked with: 17
  • Number of students we have employed and/or engaged: 697
  • Number of faculty we have worked with: 91

At the Solutions Service, we apply the knowledge and the innovation developed at ASU to address the challenges of our clients.

  • We access the considerable experience and research assets of more than 720 sustainability leaders from across the University and beyond through our global network, and the thousands of graduate students who work with them. These include scientists, entrepreneurs, economists, and analysts among others across a wide variety of disciplines.
  • Our strength and uniqueness is the ability to custom-fit the right team for each project to achieve to highest-value results for our clients.
  • For the past seven years, the Solutions Service has been bringing teams together to help our clients succeed. We provide thought leadership, knowledge and guidance. We collaborate and deliver solutions that produce the high-quality results efficiently and effectively.

We engage public, private and non-profit organizations that are:

  • Committed to making positive change
  • Looking for new opportunities that match corporate and societal needs
  • Looking for ways to continuously advance sustainability and business goals
  • Willing to learn, engage, listen and implement
  • Exploring for answers that overcome short and long-term risks
  • Needing to anticipate new challenges and opportunities
  • Looking for opportunities to improve sustainability, economic growth and improve welfare of citizens
  • Needing innovations for reducing negative impacts of pollution and climate change

Focus Areas

Circular Economy
Rooted in the , ASU is a and US leader in circular economy, including:
Economic Growth and Food Security
  • Climate-Resilient Agriculture
  • Food Systems Transformation
  • Sustainable Livelihoods
Climate Solutions
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction
  • Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
  • Ecological Resource Conservation
Global Health
  • Waste and Resource Management
  • Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Nutrition
Building Resilience
  • Sustainable Urban Development
  • Value Chain Efficiency
Capacity Strengthening
  • Gender and Social Equity
  • Sustainability Education
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Key Projects

Because of the depth and breadth of our team, the list of projects below is only a sampling of what’s possible.

A global network using collaboration, research, innovation and technology to drive
a sustainable circular economy.

If you would like to engage our team on your project or would like more information about one of our reports, please contact:

Alicia Marseille
Senior Director, Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Service