Arizona State Green Procurement

For the last several years, Arizona State University has been on something of a sustainability binge. Slowly but steadily — and relatively quietly — it has amassed an impressive coterie of talent, some from traditional academic backgrounds, others from the practitioner world. In 2006 ASU became the first U.S. school to boast a School of Sustainability. ASU co-hosts (along with the University of Arkansas) The Sustainability Consortium, a group of companies, NGOs and others working to develop science-based tools to embed sustainability into consumer products.

And then there’s the Global Institute of Sustainability, the hub of much of this activity. Created in 2004 by a large grant from Julie Ann Wrigley (widow of chewing gum magnate William Wrigley) and bolstered last year by an even larger grant from Rob and Melani Walton (Rob is the eldest son of Walmart founder Sam Walton), the Institute has created a head-spinning constellation of initiatives, programs, centers and events. [Disclosure: GreenBiz Group is partnering with both the Institute and The Sustainability Consortium for our 2014 GreenBiz Forum.]

This month, the Institute is launching its latest program, the Executive Master’s for Sustainability Leadership, an effort to bolster the organizational leadership skills of mid- and late-career professionals engaged in sustainability. It stands to fill a critical gap in sustainability education in business.

The program is a one-year (January to January) program based around four principal curriculum “threads”: leadership, strategy, communication and global context. Each thread is lead by an industry leader and complemented by instructors from a pool of academics and practitioners. Students work on a real-world independent project pulled from their company.

Input into the program design came from a survey conducted for ASU by my colleague John Davies of the 4, 000-member GreenBiz Intelligence Panel, a survey group that we poll monthly on a range of topics. The survey garnered nearly 400 responses to our questions about what type of educational program prospective students would find useful for career advancement. As Davies reported last November, “More than 80 percent of respondents believe formal education could help in their current job or future career.” Seventy-six percent said universities can help organizations achieve their sustainability goals. Only 4 percent said this would not be a good match.

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Q&A

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Arizona state law, when making a left turn on a green arrow must always yield to oncoming traffic.?

October 23 2007 I was in a car accident, had the green arrow, the other person ran the red light, and I was cited for the accident. I did a lot of research, but because both I and the other driver had Geico, there was no real fight to it. I was told by lawyers, officers, and insurance agents that whenever making a left hand turn (in arizona) with the green arrow or not, you MUST yield. I believe it.
Now a friend of mine was in a car accident, he was going straight, other driver made a left turn infront of him and hit him, totaled his car, because there was no witnesses to say who ran…

Does Arizona have "last clear chance" or comparative negligence? If you could have reasonably avoided the accident you probably don't have a case. On the other hand how fast was he going to run the light? I think you need a more aggressive PI attorney than the one you have.

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Arizona State or Bowling Green for film?

I'd say arizona state… I now live in stupid PA but lived in arizona for 6years.. and arizona schools are a lot better and the weather is awesome! Arizona is a great place to live so I recommend arizona state.