Sustainability Innovation (SI STC)

The Sustainability Innovation STC facilitates collaborative development and deployment of innovative sustainability, circularity and net zero solutions for public and private stakeholders.

The SI STC brings together faculty and students from across disciplines, as well as government and industry partners, to co-create new, systems-level approaches to challenges in water security, renewable energy transitions, regenerative design and sustainability planning and implementation. The SI STC is also developing curriculum and credentials to support Arizona’s growing demand for skilled workers and entrepreneurs equipped to address corporate and public sector needs in resource management, climate adaptation, green supply chains, and energy and water transformations.

The SI STC works across three areas:

Data and digital insight

Leveraging ASU’s capacity for digital technology, spatial analytics and assimilating large social and environmental datasets.

Computational modeling for foresight

Developing scenarios and computational models of Arizona futures, leading to a next generation, multi-scale modeling and futures platform.

Action for sustainability implementation

Creating actionable plans, policies and digital solutions to achieve sustainability goals and metrics.

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Leveraging expertise and connectivity across these focus areas, the SI STC is supporting a Regional Innovation Engines proposal to the U.S. National Science Foundation. Leading a team of partners including ASU, other universities, community colleges and more than 30 companies, non-profits, and local governments, the SI STC is seeking to create a Sustainability Innovation Engine for the Southwest (SIES).

SEIS is a proposed regional innovation ecosystem aimed at catalyzing and transforming the Southwest into a national and international hub for reaching net zero carbon and water sustainability goals. It will facilitate strategic visioning, coordination, user-inspired research and translation, and workforce development across multiple projects and organizations, enabling timely solutions that meet the needs of growing populations and industry across the Southwest and beyond

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