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Town Hall Meeting April 9, 2014


Welcome Gary Dirks Director

Chris Boone

Dean, School of Sustainability

Rob Melnick

Chief Operating Officer/Executive Director


Agenda Update on Strategic Plan - Process - Focus Area Overview - Next Steps Accomplishments Open Discussion


Strategic Plan Refresh Fall Town Hall

Key considerations

What does it mean to be a leader in sustainability? Focus areas Service offerings Resources Metrics

Progress/status

Identified initial focus areas Started strategic analysis of 4 foci Engaging deans, sustainability scientists

Next steps

Incorporate inputs Develop metrics Budget requests


Focus Areas: Process Focus areas are key component to finalizing GIOS strategic plan Exceptional focus area white papers delivered by Team Leads Teams participated in two rounds of reviews and document revisions Final documents submitted last week


GIOS Strategy: Focus Areas PlanetWorks Brad Allenby, Ariel Anbar

LightWorks Gary Dirks Directorate Oversight


GIOS Strategy: Focus Areas Cities Duke Reiter, Shade Shutters

Sustainability Education Chris Boone, Katja Brundiers Directorate Oversight


GIOS Strategy: Focus Areas Water John Sabo, Dave White

Biodiversity Outcomes Leah Gerber Directorate Oversight


Cities Urban Diagnostic Center (UDC) UDC draws upon ASU’s transdisciplinary assets to create a unified framework, integrating social, ecological, technical and economic aspects of cities, including: • Policy & City Management • Practitioner engagement • Sustainability Research • Ecology • Systems Thinking • Water Dynamics • Policy Informatics, Urban Innovation Alliances


Urban Diagnostic Center (UDC)


PlanetWorks PlanetWorks is an ASU-based knowledge enterprise that will bridge the natural and social science cultures to help the human species develop the capacity it needs to survive and thrive in the Anthropocene. Focus Areas: • Geoengineering – Carbon capture • Planetary Resource Management – Water, Phosphorous • Planetary Hazard Mitigation – Biological materials protection • The Human as Design Space – Human Enhancement


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Sustainability Education SE provides informal educational opportunities for international organizations with high potential for implementing sustainability change (i.e. USAID, IFC).

Educational offerings will allow partners to: • 

Focus on specific sustainability challenges the organization faces, indicative of a broader challenge

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Learn about sustainability related to a specific context of the organization and its field and scope of work (e.g. geographic area)

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Reorient operations, procedures and tools to more effectively address sustainability


Sustainability Education SE Educational offerings will: • 

Provide innovative and immersive sustainability solutions opportunities for o  International and local organizations o  ASU students interested in education, training, evaluation

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Create global impact by Influencing organizations that have significant resources, reach and authority

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Develop non-traditional sources of funding


Water This initiative draws on the diversity and breadth of ASU’s water related units to contribute sustainable solutions to global and national water problems. ASU’s collective capabilities and assets include: • Research, data collection and management • Assessment & analysis • Monitoring and evaluation • Strategic planning • Decision support


Water The Water initiative shifts the focus from threat to balanced opportunity by increasing presence in the national and international space through: • Leveraged strategic investment opportunities • Outreach and translational activities to enhance innovation & visibility • Design of novel institutions • Marketing sustainability narratives • Practitioner and graduate fellowships


Biodiversity Outcomes (CBO) CBO’s mission is to enable the discoveries and solutions needed to conserve and sustainably manage the Earth's biodiversity in a time of rapid biophysical, institutional and cultural change. • Innovation o  Research clusters o  Faculty seed & proof of concept grants o  Assessment, review and analysis o  Outreach • Policy & Practices o  Stakeholder involvement o  Establishing partnerships • Education o  Undergraduate & graduate programs o  Professional development


Biodiversity Outcomes (CBO) Innovation

Problem clusters Scholars in residence Seminars

Policy & practice Education New degree program Professional MS program Conservation Fellows program Professional development

NGO and govt. partnerships Stakeholder engagement Boundary organization

Center for Biodiversity Outcomes


LightWorks LightWorks pulls light-inspired research under one strategic framework. It is a multidisciplinary effort to leverage ASU's unique strengths, particularly in renewable energy fields including artificial photosynthesis, biofuels, and next-generation photovoltaics. . Energy Solutions include: • Utility of the future • AZCATI • QESST • Arizona Solar Summit • LightSpeed Solutions • Sustainable Algal Biofuels


Focus Areas: Next Steps Budget compilation & final review Integration into Strategic Plan Draft Presentation to GIOS Management Committee for review and approval Implementation with FY15 budget cycle


Accomplishments The vision realized – 10 year celebration of the May 2004 Temozón retreat Sustainability Scientists & Scholars - 293 and climbing Leadership Academy – Second cohort launch GIOS Proposal team leads with Sustainability SRN proposals SCN – Going statewide with Flagstaff & Tucson commitments ASU receives GOLD ranking on AASHE STAR


Accomplishments Sustainability Solutions Festival reaches over 8,000 business and community members Sustainability Solutions Services (S3) SRP waste practices earns President’s sustainability award DCDC prepares to launch WaterSim 5.0 Beta The Sustainability Consortium goes to China CAP research assistant receives engineering student of the year award LightWorks brings cutting edge solar technology to ASU


Accomplishments

newly tenured faculty


Alumni Jessie Fox Water Planning Analyst Central Arizona Project (CAP) Natalie Fleming District Sales Manager EcoScraps Karen Kao Program Coordinator GreenerU


Open Discussion


Gios Town Hall April 9 2014