Arizona State University, home to first comprehensive School of Sustainability in the U.S. and twice recognised as the most innovative school in the nation by US News and World Report, approaches Circular Economy through a three-pronged strategy. In Education, ASU provides executive and graduate education certification through a program on Ethical Circular Economy Implementation. In Practice, ASU collaborates with local partners in the greater Phoenix area, including a unique CE100 Pioneer University/Municipality partnership with the City of Phoenix, to research, develop and implement Circular Economy solutions that benefit regional communities, improve the environment and benefit the economy through job development. Additionally, ASU has developed the Resource Innovation and Solutions Network – or RISN – a global collaborative of public and private partners using research, innovation and application of technologies to create economic value that drives a sustainable circular economy.
“Through its charter, ASU is charged to assume ‘fundamental responsibility for the economic, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.’ To meet this directive, adopting a Circular Economy approach to education, research and practice was not only natural but essential. We are fortunate to have projects partners globally who have joined ASU to drive impactful change.”
Teaching & Learning:
- A CE certification programme for professionals, with the “Introduction to the Ethical CE”course modified and delivered online, supplemented with a project-based post online course workshop that applies their circular economy knowledge to a system of their choice, to develop a plan to transform it from existing conditions to circular systems.
- The first US online course on the circular economy for upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level students – Introduction to The Ethical Circular Economy: A seven week, fully accredited online course in collaboration with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. The course introduces students to CE principles and implementation strategies; application of biomimicry-based technology development and product design principles; sustainable supply chain management practices; applied to the built environment as well as product/service supply chains, and assessed against the Sustainable Development Goals using the Net Positive Assessment framework.
A four year, $2million programme between Phoenix City Council and the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives at the ASU Wrigley Institute, to establish, manage and operate advances in integrated resource management through a global network of public and private partners using collaboration, research, innovation and application of technologies to create economic value, driving a sustainable circular economy. RISN recruits and connects with innovators and organizations looking to create, implement or enhance sustainability solutions through three portals: becoming a RISN partner, establishing a Global Network hub or proposing a project to be developed through the network. Developing solutions in collaboration with RISN’s public and private partners provides access to research and expertise from the US’s leading sustainability education institution, feedstock and facility resources from one of the US’s largest and most ambitious municipalities and shared knowledge from like-minded partners?
Papers, books & articles:
- RISN (https://sustainability.asu.edu/resourceinnovation/)
- Reimagine Phoenix, the Resource Innovation and Solutions Network, and the Resource Innovation Campus: A Collaboration Platform for the Circular Economy
- Re-Imagining Collaboration: How One City is Transforming Trash into Treasure
- Regional Circular Organic Resource System
- Haarlemmermeer Beyond Sustainability (https://sustainability.asu.edu/sustainabilitysolutions/programs/solutionsservices/project-hbs/)
Areas of expertise:
- Systems-based approaches to Ethical Circular Economy Implementation
- Sustainable and Resilient Cities and Urban Systems
- Food Systems and Security
- Solid and Water Waste Systems
- Sustainable Supply Chains