City of Phoenix partners with ASU for new regional resource innovation center

January 8, 2014

The City of Phoenix took another substantial leap forward as a global sustainability leader Tuesday afternoon as its city council gave policy approval of a four-year agreement to work with Arizona State University to establish a ground-breaking public/private sustainability incubator focused on converting waste and other resources into economic value.

The Center for Resource Intelligence will be a network of public and private entities that provides a wide array of research, development, education and solution services to more effectively manage resources and create economic value. Industries ranging from energy, water, resource extraction, product development, manufacturing and recycling will collaborate in this effort that city staff project could result in $1-3 million of savings annually. ASU students sort waste for SRP Download Full Image

“This is about turning trash once destined for the landfill into business opportunities and jobs for our community,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “With this effort, Phoenix can lead the way to discover how to reduce our waste in a way that spurs innovation and advances our economy.”

The center will be managed by the Sustainability Solutions Services (S3), a program within the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives at ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability, in collaboration with the city, private sector affiliates and other municipalities and institutions. The city’s investment will initially focus on creating value, economic opportunity and jobs out of waste streams.

“Sustainability is the 'low-hanging fruit' when it comes to identifying new ways to save taxpayer dollars and generate new revenue to run our city," said Vice Mayor Bill Gates, chairman of the City Council Finance, Efficiency, Economy and Sustainability Subcommittee. "This public-private partnership will maximize our efforts by encouraging green entrepreneurs to bring their businesses and ideas to life right here in Phoenix."

The center will work with various businesses and government entities to address types of waste streams, including food scraps, recyclables and yard waste, using a project-oriented collaborative model. Center collaborators will be able to introduce and sponsor projects while taking advantage of the knowledge base and synergies present within the center's network.

“The city of Phoenix is leading the way in supporting green entrepreneurs and reducing our solid waste," said Councilwoman Kate Gallego. "Sustainable businesses are the future of Phoenix."

The center resulted from a series of stakeholder workshops conducted by S3 in collaboration with Phoenix’s Public Works Department to facilitate a regional partnership that will develop technologies and markets and create economic opportunities.

“This seed investment from the city of Phoenix will allow the Center for Resource Intelligence to develop a large network of organizations in the Valley and potentially around the globe that can collaborate to help achieve the levels of resource effectiveness required for 9 billion people to live well on the planet by 2050,” said Dan O’Neill, general manager for Sustainability Solutions Services. “We appreciate the leadership of John Trujillo and the team in the city’s Public Works Department for having the vision to find solutions to our Valley’s – and planet’s – sustainability challenges.”

City staff estimates an additional 10 to 25 percent diversion of solid waste from landfill to other uses through the research and development of the center and partnerships with the private sector.

Jason Franz

Senior manager, Marketing and Communications, Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives


ASU hosts annual healthy lifestyles conference

January 8, 2014

Students and health care professionals are encouraged to attend Arizona State University’s Building Healthy Lifestyles Conference, Feb. 7-8, at Old Main on the Tempe campus. The conference aims to shift traditional medical thinking toward a paradigm of lifestyle as medicine.

The conference’s theme is “Lifestyle as Medicine: Beyond Pills and Procedures,” and will feature nutrition, physical activity and exercise physiology experts discussing lifestyle-based alternatives and adjuncts to contemporary drug therapy and procedures frequently used to treat America’s common chronic health conditions. Download Full Image

Internationally recognized scholars, including Laurie Goodyear, PhD (Harvard Medical School), Dr. David Jenkins (physician and professor at the University of Toronto), Mark Haykowsky, PhD (University of Alberta) and Glenn Gaesser, PhD (Arizona State University, author of "Big Fat Lies: The Truth About Your Weight and Your Health") are some of the featured speakers at the conference.

Goodyear will present data from her provocative research that examines the effects of exercise on fat tissue; Jenkins will discuss the effects of dietary strategies for the management of cardiovascular risk. Haykowsky will share his insights into the treatment of advanced cardiovascular disease such as heart failure with exercise training, and Gaesser will present data on the positive health effects of short bouts of exercise.

“At its core, the conference is a gathering of world-renowned experts, sharing their research and building ideas on improving the health and well-being of people all over the world,” said Linda Vaughan, director of the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion. “Students will experience several unique benefits from attending the conference because it gives them a rare opportunity to meet with the researchers behind the studies they’ve been reading.”  

The conference is hosted by doctoral students in the school's Interdisciplinary Physical Activity, Nutrition and Wellness program from the College of Health Solutions.

For more information on registration, including obtaining an early bird discount by registering before Jan. 17, visit Questions about the event can be sent via email to