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2012 President's Award for Sustainability

April 19, 2012

Sustainability is a balance of environmental, social and economic concerns. ASU staff and faculty are advancing sustainability by demonstrating exemplary practices, leading by example, and sharing solutions to catalyze change. 

This award recognizes ASU teams that have demonstrated excellence in fostering the successful development, implementation, and promotion of sustainability principles, solutions, programs, and services in the teaching, learning, research and business missions of the University.

Farmers Market @ the ASU Tempe campus

The Farmers Market @ the ASU Tempe campus is a biweekly open-air market held at the Tempe campus on Orange Mall to promote healthy eating and sustainability among students, faculty and staff. This program is a collaborative effort, sponsored by ASU departments, student groups and Arizona Community Farmers Markets Group.

The market program fills the need of both the ASU and the larger Tempe communities by providing options for locally grown and produced food in a convenient, central location easily accessible by public transportation.

The Farmers Market @ the ASU Tempe campus goals are as follows:

•    Provide students, faculty, & staff easy access to locally produced food
•    Promote health & wellness
•    Provide a complement to conventional food industry
•    Support green lifestyle & sustainable practices
•    Build relationships & community ties
•    Connect people with their food
•    Educate ASU community about local farming, agriculture, and food systems
•    Support local businesses & growers
•    Embed these values into ASU’s culture

Over the last year, market attendance and market sales both increased by 18 percent. Arguably the Market’s biggest strength lies in its ability to actively engage the ASU community. The Farmers Market is open to all students, staff, faculty, as well as to the general public. It creates a space for these populations to interact with both contracted and at-will vendors, direct food producers, student organizations, researchers, university departments, and non-profit organizations. In facilitating these relationships, the Farmers Market has helped start building a culture at ASU that values all aspects of sustainability’s triple bottom-line.

ASU Team Members
Rebecca Reining, University Housing
Alexander Davis, Campus Student Sustainability Initiatives
Betty Lombardo, University Sustainability Practices
Lynda Seefeldt, ASU Wellness
Judy Schroeder, Memorial Union
Suzette Kroll, ASU Health Services
Ryan Cleary, Campus Student Sustainability Initiatives

Community Partners
Samantha Halvorson, Arizona Community Farmers Market Group
Denise Logan, Arizona Community Farmers Market Group

Sustainable Cities Network

The Sustainable Cities Network is designed to be a bridge between ASU’s research and technical capabilities in sustainability and the front-line challenges facing cities. Decisions made today regarding land use, transportation, water, economic development, and social services will have enormous long-term impacts on the future sustainability of our megapolitan region and our state.

To strengthen regional sustainability efforts, ASU’S Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS), in partnership with city, county and tribal leaders, established the Network, one of the first university/community-based sustainability programs in the country, which launched in February 2009. 

The network is a vehicle for sharing knowledge and coordinating efforts to understand and solve problems. It is also a clearinghouse for best practices cities can apply to their unique problems and goals for environmental, social, and economic sustainability, and it is a vehicle for coordinating responses to regional issues.

Through the Sustainable Cities Network, partners work together to streamline green city operations, advance solar and renewable energy, mitigate urban heat island, design sustainable communities, and conserve water supplies in a changing climate. The Sustainable Cities Network is central to strengthening individual, community, and regional responses to environmental challenges through coordinated education, dialogue, and best practices implementation.

ASU Team Members
Anne Reichman, Global Institute of Sustainability
Meredith Simpson, Global Institute of Sustainability
Rob Melnick, Global Institute of Sustainability
Brenda Shears, Global Institute of Sustainability
Nalini Chhetri, Global Institute of Sustainability
Janet Holston, Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development
Gina Apsey, Global Institute of Sustainability

Community Partners
Bonnie Richardson, City of Tempe
Bob Goff, City of Chandler
Joetta "Jo" Miller, City of Glendale
Bill Pupo, City of EI Mirage
Patricia Gregan, City of EI Mirage
Scott Bouchie, City of Mesa
Lisa Estrada, City of Peoria
Carolyn Bristo, City of Phoenix
Tim Conner, City of Scottsdale
Jonce Walker, Maricopa County