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Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives
solve | educate | engage
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Our executive director Patricia Reiter reflects on the amazing creativity and innovation on display by the next generation of leaders developing and providing sustainability solutions at our recent Sustainability Solutions Festival.

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In October, 2015, the ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives brought together professionals from the food system supply chain in central Arizona and international academic experts from the Conference for Complex Systems 2015 to explore using complex adaptive systems (CAS) principles to design and implement the circular economy.

This panel session will bring together experts from that workshop to review the outcomes and discuss the viability of, and lessons learned from, using this approach to accelerate the move from circular economy theory to practice.

Kevin J Dooley - Distinguished Professor, Department of Supply Chain Management, Arizona State University

Thomas Seager - Lincoln Fellow of Ethics and Sustainability, Arizona State University

Jamie Bohan - Senior Director, Recycling & Alternative Technology Development, Republic Services

Chair: Mick Dalrymple - Practice Lead, Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, Arizona State University

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The City of Phoenix and Arizona State University recently became the first municipality-pioneer university regional CE100 hub, focusing on innovation in the management of “waste” materials through the Resource Innovation and Solutions Network (RISN).

This session provides an overview of ReImagine Phoenix, a Public Works Department initiative to re-make how Phoenicians think about and utilize resources; and RISN, which advances integrated resource management through a global network of public and private partners using collaboration, research, innovation and application of technologies to create economic value from discarded resources, driving a sustainable circular economy.

The overview will be followed by a q&a period with panelists for session attendees.

Dan O’Neill - General Manager, Walton Global Sustainability Solutions Services, Arizona State University
Dan has 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and community developer, having co-founded Hologix, an enterprise software company backed by $25 million in venture capital, and then helping to start, direct and deliver education for the Technology Entrepreneurship & Management, and the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative programs at ASU. As the ASU lead of the Resource Innovation and Solutions Network team, Dan brings rich expertise in resource management, waste, green organics, circular economy and sustainability innovation.

John A. Trujillo - Director, City of Phoenix Public Works Department
John Trujillo has 22 years of local government experience and is currently the Director for the city of Phoenix Public Works Department. As the Public Works Director, John has managed all major programs and operations for Public Works, including facilities maintenance, energy, administration, fleet maintenance and solid waste. John currently serves as the chair of the National American Public Works Association (APWA) Solid Waste Committee and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Northern Arizona University.

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Are you looking to become a future leader and drive change for your organization? Join Dell's Bruno Sarda and ASU alumni next Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 11am MST to learn more about ASU's Executive Masters of Sustainability Leadership program. Limited scholarships are available.

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"ASU is committed to transforming the Southwest into a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship, and their unique approach may succeed where so many others have failed."

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A limited number of scholarships are now available for ASU's Executive Master's for Sustainability Leadership degree. If you want to positively impact the world, apply now! 

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This fall, author Paolo Bacigalupi will visit ASU to discuss his latest novel, "The Water Knife," and the future of the Colorado River. Part of our Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative. 

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We're providing a limited number of scholarships for our Executive Master's for Sustainability Leadership degree. Apply now to start your 13-month academic journey in January! 

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We are excited to announce Cli-Fi and "The Water Knife" author Paolo Bacigalupi as our next speaker in September, part of the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative. Tickets available Aug 25: 
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