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ASU hosts Sustainability Solutions Summit

September 11, 2008
On Sept. 17, ASU convened a panel of some of the nation’s best and brightest leaders in business, government, advocacy and academia to address the most serious sustainability problems the world faces.

The Sustainability Solutions Summit was presented in Washington, D.C., at the Columbus Club at Union Station. It provided a lively discussion of what the leaders from key sectors are doing and should be doing to ensure our planet will be able to continue to sustain life.

Video of the summit is available online at

The panelists, which included ASU President Michael Crow, addressed such issues as automobile fuel efficiency and alternative energy sources, waste reduction, water quality, global carbon emissions, and the role that government, industry and individuals can – and should – play in that effort.

Besides Crow, other panelists included Francis Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council; Brad Casper, president and chief executive officer of the Dial Corp.; Anthony Cortese, president, of Second Nature; William Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Co.; John Hofmeister, former president of Shell Oil Co. and president of Citizens for Affordable Energy; U.S. Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass.; Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty; Susan Rochford, Vice President, Energy & Sustainability Initiatives, Council on Competitiveness; U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich.; and Rob Walton, Wal-Mart’s chairman of the board.

Aaron Brown, former CNN news anchor, host of PBS’ “Wide Angle” and a professor at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, moderated the panel discussion.