ASU School of Sustainability

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School of Sustainability
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Wrigley Hall with wind turbines on the roof
Established 2006
Type Public
Dean Christopher Boone[1]
Location Tempe, Arizona, USA
33°25′17″N 111°56′07″W / 33.42152°N 111.93534°W / 33.42152; -111.93534Coordinates: 33°25′17″N 111°56′07″W / 33.42152°N 111.93534°W / 33.42152; -111.93534
Campus Urban

School of Sustainability is the first school in the United States dedicated to exploring the principles of sustainability. The school was established in 2006 at Arizona State University. It is located within Wrigley Hall, along with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability[2] at the Arizona State University Tempe campus. The school offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in sustainability and received national attention on NBC Nightly News in 2008.[3] In May 2014, the School of Sustainability became part of the renamed Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.[4]

As of May 2014, 511 students have graduated with degrees in Sustainability at ASU. Of those, 448 graduated with a bachelor's degree, 50 with a master's degree, and 13 with a PhD.[5]

The School of Sustainability works with other colleges at Arizona State University to offer a Minor in Sustainability, a BA in Business with a Sustainability concentration, a Bachelor's of Interdisciplinary Studies with a Sustainability concentration, a Bachelor's of Science in Public Service and Public Policy with a Sustainability concentration, a BS in Tourism Development and Management with a Sustainability Tourism concentration, and a Bachelor's of Sustainability Engineering.[6] The Minor in Sustainability, the BA in Business and Sustainability, and the Bachelor's of Interdisciplinary Studies with a Sustainability Concentration may be taken through ASU Online, Arizona State University's online college.[7]


The School of Sustainability has 31 appointed faculty and another 51 graduate faculty for a total of 82 faculty members.[8] Students may also take classes and seek advising from 292 Sustainability Scientists and Scholars drawn from across all four campuses and all colleges of Arizona State University.[9]


The Arizona Board of Regents approved the establishment of the School of Sustainability in 2006. In January 2007, the School of Sustainability accepted its first graduate students into the program. Dr. Charles Redman[10] was the founding Director of the school as well as the Global Institute of Sustainability. In fall 2008, the first undergraduates enrolled in the school's degree programs. In 2010, the university-wide Minor in Sustainability was launched and Dr. Sander van der Leeuw [11] became the new Dean of the school. In fall 2013, the school launched a new Master's of Sustainable Solutions degree, an applied program without a thesis requirement. The Minor in Sustainability was first offered through ASU Online in fall 2013. In July 2013, Dr. Christopher Boone became the Interim Dean. In October 2014 he was appointed as Dean.[12] The Executive Master's for Sustainability Leadership accepted its first cohort of students in January 2014.[13] In June 2014, Starbucks and Arizona State University announced a partnership whereby Starbucks will cover part or all of the tuition costs of its employees to complete degrees though ASU Online, which include three programs in sustainability.[14]



  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Sustainability
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Sustainability



  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Sustainability
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Sustainability
  • Master of Sustainable Solutions
  • Executive Master's For Sustainability Leadership


  • Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Sustainability


See also[edit]

ASU Campus Metabolism


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