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Student helps expand bike share program, LEED certification in Phoenix neighborhood

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July 9, 2018

Ethan McCloskeyDuring a 4 month internship, Ethan McCloskey, a Bachelor’s of Science student at the School of Sustainability, used his drive and work ethic to participate in the Stardust Affordable Housing Internship with the City of Phoenix. The department was so impressed with his work that now, after graduation, he is employed with his former supervisor expanding on the projects he worked on as an undergrad.

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Graduate student rides the solar curve to a Master of Sustainability Solutions

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June 27, 2018

Devon RoodDevon Rood completed her Solar Duck Curve and Sustainable Storage Options project in April 2018 as the culminating project for her Master of Sustainability Solutions (MSUS) degree.

Working with Arizona Public Services (APS), Rood’s goal was to evaluate the most sustainable energy storage option out of the three potential options APS was considering. These included pumped hydro energy storage, compressed air energy storage, and Lithium-ion batteries.

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Meet the Disruptors: Disrupt/Create/Sustain

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May 7, 2018

Disrupt HeaderAs the largest university in the country Arizona State University inevitably makes quite a bit of waste. Sure we have a Zero Waste initiative, and we recycle and compost, but there are often items, large and small, that get overlooked. Students are helping to fill the gaps.

In spring 2018 a one-credit course was created as a cross-disciplinary effort between the School of Sustainability (SOS), University Sustainability Practices (USP), and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (HIDA) to bring students of different disciplines together to collaborate on a sustainability-focused art project. Students were charged with the task of developing a prototype of an outdoor common space for the Tempe campus. They focused on waste, recycling, and circular resources and were then released to complete the project with guidance from a team of staff from SOS, USP, and HIDA. The intention of the final installation was to engage campus visitors, students, staff, and faculty who move through common spaces at ASU. Groups were encouraged to consider innovative materials and construction processes for their installations.

Class time comprised of talks by artists, designers, and sustainability experts to give students an idea of the kinds of projects they could create, the specific issues they could focus on, and free time to work on their designs. Once student teams moved through development stages, they received approval to construct their proposed installation. Students were judged by ASU student peers, selected staff, and faculty. Funding and scholarship opportunities were also available for this group and were judged in a competition setting.

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Undergrad helps the tourism industry become certifiably green

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February 5, 2018

Justyn BeachInterns often wear many different hats, being responsible for or involved in a handful of different projects at any given time. This was certainly true in the case of Justyn Beach, who obtained a Pollution Prevention (P2) Internship for the Hospitality and Lodging Sector with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).

Justyn is a Sustainability undergraduate studying Sustainability with a Policy and Governance concentration and a minor in Justice Studies. From August to November of 2017 he created a comprehensive checklist of sustainable business practices for hotels, lodges, and resorts. It served as the bridge between sustainability and hotels, lodges, and resorts across the entire state of Arizona, and it was very difficult to create a statewide program that is large enough to be effective yet not so large that it becomes unwieldy. The checklist is part of a larger Green Certification Program that is currently being developed by the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association (AzLTA) in conjunction with Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It’s a step toward creating a more sustainable, functional business model.

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Student makes huge impact with wine and butterflies during undergraduate internship

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December 19, 2017

Christine Carmazzi, an Christine Carmazziundergraduate student pursuing her Bachelor’s in the international development track, was able to obtain the highly sought after Sustainability and Harvest internship at the Patton Valley Vineyard.

Although Christine believes the most important part of her internship was that she built a monarch butterfly sanctuary, she admits that she feels particularly lucky to have stomped around in a tank of grape juice.

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ASU Sustainability and Design Team Develop Award-Winning Project in Hawai’i

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July 25, 2017

Hawaii Project TeamSince August 2016, an interdisciplinary team of ASU design and sustainability students and faculty have been working on a group project called “Water is Life” with local Hawai’ians to imagine a more sustainable Hawai’i. We followed up with Leah Gibbons, PhD student, Sustainability; Paul Coseo, Assistant Professor, The Design School; and Chingwen Cheng, Assistant Professor, The Design School to talk more about the future of the project and its continued impacts.

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Celebrating Student Sustainability Projects

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May 22, 2017

Sustainability Projects ShowcaseWe had a wonderful array of student projects this 2016-2017 academic year covering a vast landscape of topics. We decided to make a video montage to celebrate the solutions-oriented projects students worked on this year.

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Sustainability Planning at the City of Bisbee

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March 29, 2017

Torin Sadow

Torin Sadow, a BA alum in Sustainability and Urban Dynamics and a BS in Planning, took on a challenging project as a Sustainability Intern with the City of Bisbee Public Works. Sadow was responsible for helping the City of Bisbee create a municipal sustainability plan.

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Practice Sustainable Food Waste - Don't Landfill It!

Sustainability Connect Successes

August 28, 2013

food waste, dont landfill it

The goal of the project was to investigate how to create a sustainable food waste disposal system for ASU. Arizona State University’s Office of University Sustainability Practices and Facilities Management collaborated with six graduate and sixteen undergraduate students in a workshop class provided by Katja Brundiers and Aaron Redman from the School of Sustainability.

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Future Visions of Food Security

Sustainability Connect Successes

August 28, 2013

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Briar Schoon and Kathleen Talbot, master’s students in the School of Sustainability (SOS) and Sustainability Connect project coordinators, conducted thesis research focusing on youth perspectives of food security in the Canyon Corridor neighborhood in West Phoenix.

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