About the Institute

The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability is the hub of Arizona State University’s sustainability initiatives. The ASU Wrigley Institute advances research, education and business practices for an urbanizing world. Its School of Sustainability, the first of its kind in the U.S., offers transdisciplinary degree programs focused on finding practical solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges.

Our Mission

Arizona State University established the ASU Wrigley Institute to:

  • 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

Our Strategy

The ASU Wrigley Institute 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.

Our Focus on Urban Environments

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