Urban Sustainability (SOS 498/594)

Urban Sustainability Best Practices and Case Studies

Urban Sustainability Best Practices and Case Studies is a graduate and senior-level course in the School of Sustainability designed by Dr. Nalini Chhetri and advised by Anne Reichman, Sustainable Cities Network Director.

In this course, students work directly with municipalities and public-sector agencies to document, analyze, and research best practices, compare case studies, and provide insights on a variety of sustainability topics. The links below contain the student research and presentations on the following topics.

Between 2014 and 2018, 17 communities and organizations engaged with over 220 students via these class projects, providing reports, research, infographics, and presentations that have impacted cities and improved the quality of life for residents. Recognizing an opportunity to continue growing collaborative municipal engagement, the Sustainable Cities Network formalized the university-community partnership through its new program, Project Cities, in 2017. Project Cities now enhances the educational experience of ASU students while furthering short- and long-term sustainability goals and initiatives in local communities.


SOS 498/594

Fall 2018

Maricopa County benchmarks

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Fall 2017

Communications, linear economy, water planning, and alternative fuels.

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Fall 2016

Solid waste and social sustainability.

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Fall 2015

Complete streets, best desert parks management practices, urban forests, climate vulnerability assessments, University Sustainability Practices at ASU, water conservation, green governments, air quality, and housing.

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Fall 2014

Household hazardous waste, low impact development, green building programs, bioremediation, feedstock consolidation solutions, impacts of energy disclosure ordinances, circular economy, waste diversion, demonstration gardens, and constructed wetlands.

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