Sustainability education, she said, “helps give people the tools, the training, the understanding, the values, the motivation to actually become involved in civic life and create that change.”. CaSondra Devine is head of enterprise sustainability at Wells Fargo and Company. As it climbs, the soil beneath it collapses and fills in the hole, giving the robot a new base on which to continue climbing. With science fairs canceled around the world in 2020 amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, students from grades 6-12 are craving a stage to celebrate their projects. From Google’s point of view, awareness is spreading. scott.seckel@asu.edu. Previously, she served as the nation's first chief sustainability officer, promoting sustainability across all U.S. government operations. They can dig in different directions and measure things.”. There is strength in coming together,” Boone said. Ranked #1 in Innovation by U.S. News and World Report for five consecutive years, Arizona State University is a global leader in driving use-inspired, sustainability research. CaSondra Devine is head of enterprise sustainability at Wells Fargo and Company. One of the themes that arose during the discussions was that working toward a sustainable future should be a core purpose of education — not an afterthought. But Tao wondered how they get back up after they’ve buried themselves. And they don’t use force.“Literally they are swimming in the soil,” said Arizona State University Associate Professor Junliang Tao, a geotechnical engineer by training who studies bioinspired... As anyone who has ever used a shovel knows, the only way to dig is by using force. Tao and his team found out how it works by making a robot with a silicone tube surrounded by a sleeve of inextensible threads. “Right now, the purpose of education seems to be math and language. “They leverage the property of the soil. “Literally they are swimming in the soil,” said Arizona State University Associate Professor Junliang Tao, a geotechnical engineer by training who studies bioinspired mechanisms. Throughout the conference, the network formulated a four-step action plan to grow K–12 sustainability education: developing legislation and policy for sustainability education, making the case for environmental literacy and education for sustainability, fostering sustainability storytelling and advancing a network for sustainability education. Program Manager, Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Service, Corporate Engagement and Strategic Partnerships, Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions, Executive Master of Sustainability Leadership, Global Sustainability Studies Scholarships, Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Award, ASU Wells Fargo Community Innovation Award, Sustainability Solutions Science Fair Symposium, Sustainability In Science and Technology Museums, First Place (2- grades 6-8 as of spring 2020, 2- grades 9-12 as of spring 2020): $2,500, Second Place (2- grades 6-8 as of spring 2020, 2- grades 9-12 as of spring 2020): $1,000, Third Place (2- grades 6-8 as of spring 2020, 2- grades 9-12 as of spring 2020): $500. “All these things in sustainability make an impact together.”. First, however, he has had to carefully study, measure and model how they do what they do. Wells Fargo’s progress toward its $200 billion sustainable finance commitment The company has provided $23 billion in its first year of financing sustainable businesses and projects through 2030, according to its 2018 Corporate Responsibility report. “We want the tools to be as sharp as we possibly can, yes. Maybe it’s passive. Each step involves a variety of stakeholders and is a vital part of ensuring that sustainability education can be integrated into all types of classrooms. In partnership with Wells Fargo and the Rob and Melani Walton Family Foundation, Arizona State University encourages young innovators and researchers to submit their science and engineering projects for the opportunity to win up to $2,500 in cash prizes and mentorship in advancing the application of sustainability solutions. They can dig about a foot a minute, depending on the texture of what they’re digging in. His first project was a flow sensor inspired by fish. Regardless of their diverse backgrounds, everyone at the conference agreed that young people are key to a sustainable future. Turns out, those wily clams have a trick up their shell. He went to a robotics lecture at MIT where the lecturer talked about how animals burrow. But without their energy and perseverance, I think adults will be too slow.”, Judy Braus, the executive director of the North American Association for Environmental Education, said that young people will need to understand how to tackle solutions to environmental, social, cultural and economic challenges created by older generations. ASU's REMOTE K12 Connected Teacher Summit to share best practices for online and blended learning, New study uses satellites and field studies to improve coral reef restoration, Science background gave ASU alum skills to become global tech executive, ASU Law again No. “We recognize that if we're going to move the needle, we need to think about what we can do collectively and more effectively than we could on our own. Accomplishing this will require systemic change and large-scale collaboration — and that’s why Christopher Boone, dean of the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University, and CaSondra Devine, sustainability initiatives leader at Wells Fargo, recently put their heads together with more than a dozen local and international sustainability leaders for a three-day brainstorming conference at ASU. The discussion concluded with an announcement by Devine and Christopher Boone, dean and professor at the School of Sustainability, on a new sustainability project presented by Wells Fargo and powered by ASU. We received 618 submissions from 43 US states and territories and 4 nations around the world. The workshops were designed to help K-12 teachers from all subjects integrate sustainability science into their curriculum, develop campus projects and encourage community engagement in regions throughout the United States. They know how to leverage this to save energy. He was named one of the "most influential sustainability voices in America" by the Guardian and was also chosen by Environmental Leader as one of the top 50 sustainability leaders in the U.S. for 2017. The ASU Wells Fargo Community Innovation Award recognizes innovators who develop novel methods and technologies to cultivate sustainable communities in the face of social challenges and a changing climate. Google Sustainability Officer Kate Brandt leads sustainability across the search engine giant's worldwide operations, products and supply chain. “What this robot does is only push upwards and downwards,” Tao said. A bulldozer, an earthmover, a spade — they all involve force.But many animals burrow because they live underground. “What can we do to minimize that?” she asked. Brandt cited a 4,000% increase in searches for “how to lead a sustainable life.”. It extends its foot down, then pushes. Extending the reach for sustainability solutions, ASU has recognized brilliant student projects with the Sustainability Solutions Award at international science fairs and competitions. “I honestly believe that with teachers and students working together, we can flip this. But many animals burrow because they live underground. They know the soil, they know the material. Accomplishing this will require systemic change and large-scale collaboration — and that’s why Christopher Boone, dean of the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University, and CaSondra Devine, sustainability initiatives leader at Wells Fargo, recently put their heads together with more than a dozen local and international sustainability leaders for a three-day brainstorming conference at ASU. Applications he envisions include site investigation, precision agriculture, search and rescue, smart construction, underground sensing or off-world exploration. “The more we can do individually, the bigger an impact we will have collectively,” Devine said, citing practices like turning off electricity when you go to sleep.