Sustainability Activities

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Sustainability Storytelling: Student-produced Short Documentaries

Relax at home with your favorite movie snack and watch two 2020 documentary shorts produced in Professor Peter Byck’s class. “Plant the Rain” shows how a renegade rainwater harvester and a band of elementary school kids maximize the desert’s water. “Holding on to the Corn” explores the multi-generational effort to create a healthier community through Hopi knowledge and traditions.

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Finding sustainability solutions by studying locust swarms

Named one of the top 10 most brilliant scientists by Popular Science magazine School of Sustainability Professor Arianne Cease runs the world’s largest locust laboratory. Professor Cease discovered land-use impacts swarming behavior of locusts, which in turn affects food security. A key goal of her research is to improve sustainable ecosystem management and local livelihoods by linking fundamental ecological research with economic models and policy. Take a tour of the lab and find out more in this 5-minute video.

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Build-A-Bag Workshop!

This sustainable themed activity showcases one of the many ways to repurpose old t-shirts by turning one into a reusable grocery bag. Sun Devils strive to promote sustainability as a means to reduce waste, recycle, and be environmentally aware!

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Biomimicry Center Tour

Welcome to The Biomimicry Center, a unique and beautiful space on the Tempe Campus. In 2019, we completed a remodel of The Center, guided entirely by lessons from the natural world. The Biomimicry Center integrated nature's deep patterns (Life's Principles) in our space, our furniture, and even our processes. In this tour, we will explore each element of the sustainable and regenerative remodel, including the carpet tiles, modular furniture, living walls, and even our newest addition: the NatureMaker collection of natural artifacts.

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Sir Jonathan Bate on How the Humanities Can Save the Planet

This lecture series explores how humanities thought can help generate imaginative solutions to environmental concerns. Biographer, broadcaster, critic, Shakespearean, and former provost of Worcester College at Oxford, Sir Jonathan Bate (now Foundation Professor at Arizona State University) presented these talks during a spring 2019 ASU residency. In "Paradise Lost" (Jan. 16), "The End of the World as We Know It" (Feb. 5), and "Living Sustainably" (Feb. 20), Bate discussed the way creation stories, catastrophe myths, and artists' imaginations provide a roadmap for how to live in harmony with the natural world.

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Dinner for 9.6 Billion

As our world population continues to growth exponentially, what happens when our resources finite? Join us for discussion of what sustainable solutions we can do while we live through this peril and be introduced to one of our new Food Systems program within the Arizona State University School of Sustainability.

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Student Council Sustainability Officers Program

Does your school have a sustainability officer? The Student Council Sustainability Officers Initiative encourages teachers, school leadership, cities and other community leaders to bring sustainability onto high school campuses through the adoption of Sustainability Officers. This program is supported by ASU’s School of Sustainability. Program Manager Julia Colbert, responsible for creating a “Sustainability checklist” used by teachers in the Wells Fargo Regional Teachers’ Academy.

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Rob and Melani Walton National Sustainability Teachers’ Academy Alumni: Valencia Newcomer School

The Valencia Newcomer School is committed to combining sustainable efforts with education. Robert and Kathryn are working on the school’s community garden project to bring the classroom outdoors and develop the leadership skills of their students. See how they plan to share their message with the community.

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Top 5 Zero Waste Swaps

ASU Zero Waste Department hopes to encourage the ASU community to swap out single-use items for more sustainable options. In this video, we recommend our current favorite top five swappable items.

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Sports & Sustainability

How does a big business industry like sports take into consideration sustainability? Join us for a worthwhile discussion with ASU College of Global Futures School of Sustainability alum Garrett Wong as he shares how the sport industry can be a beacon for communities as social, economic, and environmental components are taken into consideration when working towards sustainable solutions.

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Swimming in plastic | ASU KEDtalks®️ featuring Charles Rolsky

There’s something in the water — plastic. An unfathomable amount of plastic has made its way into our oceans, but Charlie Rolsky believes we can make small changes in our lives to turn the tide of plastic pollution for a cleaner world and healthier ecosystems.

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WaterStories from Rural Arizona

Past generations created our current water systems, but new generations will need to develop building blocks for future water sustainability. Today, rural areas are struggling with water issues, yet research shows rural youth lack connections to local history and a sense of belonging and engagement. Watch and listen to citizens from rural Arizona express personal stories about water in their culture and communities! What is your Water Story?

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Top 5 Zero Waste Swaps

ASU Zero Waste Department hopes to encourage the ASU community to swap out single-use items for more sustainable options. In this video, we recommend our current favorite top five swappable items

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Kahoot! as a tool in Sustainability Education

Do you Kahoot! ? Learn more about Kahoot! and how students are using it to advance sustainability education from faculty member Stephanie Pfirman.

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Four Ways of Thinking

This video series created by Dr. Annie Hale with the Pathfinder Center. The following four videos outline the "Four Ways of Thinking". While watching these videos think about how to apply these ideas to your current ways of thinking. Look at life through these lenses and see what you can learn.

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Nature Journaling

School of Sustainability alumna Julia Colbert explored sustainability literacy through nature journaling for her Master’s in Sustainability. Join her in a nature journaling activity that aims to make you more aware of the world around you.

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Watch and Create! Creativity for Sustainability

In this activity, children and adults work together to explore their relationship with technology and examine ways to make sustainable media consumption choices. Participants watch a short clip of a cartoon, then try a creative challenge to turn time spent watching videos into an interactive and imaginative experience at home.

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ASU Common Read: A Virtual Visit with Jonathan Safran Foer

In this presentation, best-selling author Jonathan Safran Foer discussed his work and answered questions from Arizona State University students and faculty about food, climate change and the writer's life. Foer's most recent book, "We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast," was selected as the 2020-2021 ASU Common Read and The College hosted him for a virtual visit on October 1, 2020. Known primarily for his fiction, which includes the novels "Everything is Illuminated" and "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"—both adapted for film—Foer is also an internationally acclaimed writer of nonfiction.