The Fresh Food Collaboration Movement (FFC) is a collaborative effort between Green Living Magazine and Urban Farming Education. The movement seeks to alleviate food scarcity and food access issues caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. They do this by partnering with local farms and food providers to create boxes with fresh produce, fresh bread, and other organic treats to distribute to low income families in the Phoenix valley. Volunteers from around the city come together to help assemble the boxes for distribution.
Shape Up US is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that strives to build a healthier future for all children by providing the knowledge and hands-on experience that will shape their lives. With a focus on health and wellness, Shape Up US creates and implements comprehensive education to compliment with existing K-8 curriculum. Their education connects the entire community to create a circle of positive, healthy lifestyles.
Climate change poses significant challenges to the Phoenix Valley. Among these challenges are increased flooding, prolonged drought, groundwater depletion, loss of agriculture revenues, and temperature rise; yet extreme heat poses the greatest threat to Phoenix residents. The average nighttime temperature of central Phoenix is roughly 10-15°F hotter than in more rural areas. This phenomena is known as the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect, where temperatures are heightened by a ‘built’ city environment. For many people, such as public transit riders, this heat is unavoidable.
As the global population increases, there’s been an up-and-coming challenge about the methods to create housing developments without severe economic, social, and environmental consequences. As a pioneer in the field of sustainable societies, Utopia Smart City is developing a sustainable community that provides affordable housing while being environmentally conscious. This team of GreenLight Solutioneers collaborated with the mixed-use, occupant-owned, self-sustaining community in order to find and source sustainable building materials for their infrastructure.
Executive Director, Ashley Weisman, was featured on the J Cooper Travels Podcast - Sustainable Travel & Local Support: Students Making a Difference [...]
GreenLight Solutions was highlighted in a recent Sustainable Career Pathways article as a great career-starting sustainability opportunity for college students. "GreenLight Solutions is [...]
We are grateful to be awarded the People's Choice Award during ASU's 2020 State of Sustainability! A big THANK YOU goes out [...]
In a recent online article, Chairman of the Board Kevin Keleher was asked for his insight into become a Benefit Corporation "The [...]
Arcosanti was founded by Paulo Soleri to “Reduce urban sprawl while promoting density.” As an urban laboratory for sustainable city planning, its infrastructure is rooted in arcology, where architecture and ecology live in harmony. Arcosanti is a cross-disciplinary sandbox for professionals across industries to explore innovative, alternative ways of work and play. Sustainability proves to be a critical element to the Arcosanti mission, “To seek an equitable and sustainable relationship between human activities and Earth’s ecology,” which initiated its collaboration with Greenlight Solutions Foundation ASU Student Chapter- putting the circular economy to the test.
In the midst of increasing uncertainty, global business leaders are making decisions to help their stakeholders cope with the immediate impact of [...]
Thank you to Green Living Magazine and Kait Spielmaker for shining a spotlight on GreenLight! "With the new projects on the horizon, [...]
Our project will enable Stardust Building Supplies to enhance its economic pillar of sustainability by saving money recycling old appliances. As a nonprofit that collects and repurposes technology, Stardust receives many different used building materials, household items, and appliances from across the state. Of these appliances, some are sold and given a second life, and some are not. Those that remain still have inventory costs. This is the challenge that was presented to the GreenLight project team.
GreenLight was featured on an Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce Sip & Connect. Program Development Director Ashley Weisman talks about Climate Change [...]
Our team worked with Solar United Neighbors this semester. They are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization focusing on increasing public awareness regarding solar energy. Their three main goals are establishing solar co-ops, increasing civic engagement with solar energy policies and increasing community engagement with solar. Currently, they are trying to increase their reach by expanding into new states. After originally starting in Washington D.C., they have branched out to 11 additional states with Arizona being their latest. Being so, they’ve chosen to work with GreenLight Solutions to help get more hands on deck to run marketing campaigns and their informational sessions. The project team spent the semester learning about solar technology, policy regarding solar and how Solar United Neighbors runs their co-op process.
Ashley Weisman was featured on The Kimberly Miner Podcast - Your Best You to discuss the intersection of sustainability, health, & wellness. [...]
The past semester we had the opportunity to work directly with Ryan Johnson who is a board member on the Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce. The goal of this project was to create a comprehensive database that compiled sustainable businesses all over Arizona. The efforts behind creating this is to encourage businesses to increase their efforts on sustainability initiatives, as well as having this information available for consumers to make wiser decisions on their shopping patterns. This is something which has already been seen in many cities around Arizona. They have certified businesses and ranked their efforts based on a point system they created.
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess came to GreenLight with the challenge of how to decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from employee transportation. The resort had attempted to do this by signing up for the Maricopa County SharetheRide app, but employee participation was low. In hopes of popularizing the app, we took this challenge as an opportunity to find a creative means to understand the needs of employees. Therefore, we created a survey to gauge why or why not employees would participate in the program. The results from the survey could be used for future marketing and incentive programs to increase employee ridesharing.
College is an exciting time filled with seemingly limitless possibility. It’s a chance to take challenging courses, join clubs, volunteer, work in a lab, or even start a business. In the face of the staggering number of opportunities, the question ultimately arises, how should I spend this time.
Exciting update! GreenLight now offers a new service opportunity: GreenLight Bootcamp. Our Student-Led Projects’ timelines typically last 1 semester. GreenLight Bootcamp is a short term, high impact project that allows businesses to help our Project Partners achieve their sustainability goals. Led by student Solutioneers, with hands-on support from GreenLight Solutions Foundation team, this project utilizes our 6-phase GreenLight GuideLines project process in a condensed time frame covered in 8 workshops.
Ashley Weisman and Ryan Mores joined Dorie Morales of Green Living Magazine and Jason Higgins on Jupiter Rings Buffalo Sauce for a [...]
The Sustainability Review (TSR) shared some highlights in their video "State of Sustainability at ASU" which features an interview with GreenLight Solutioneer [...]
Solar City is a national leader in residential, governmental, and institutional solar energy systems. The company recently merged with Tesla to serve their common vision of renewable energy for all. By provide cleaner and cheaper energy to buildings here in the Valley they are incrementally increasing our independence from volatile external sources of energy and increasing the ecological health of our region. When energy consultants attempt to communicate the benefits of rooftop solar they first have to catch people up to the latest technology and ownership plans on top of describing the increased resilience sustainability. Our team of Solutioneers were approached to help facilitate this conversation between energy consultants and homeowners. We envision an interactive multimedia web page that contains intelligible visuals populated with real time data that depicts the local impact of choosing solar here in the Valley. Our mission aligns with Tesla and Solar City, renewable energy for all.
Written by Grant Falvo and the GreenLight Solutions Project Team
Build Us H.O.P.E. is the outreach and development arm for Singleton Community Services. The founders have a history of advocacy on behalf of the homeless, disabled and mentally ill. They also have experience in providing housing and supportive services within this community. Grass-roots initiatives, such as Build Us H.O.P.E., are looking to create communities with a combination of private, corporate and government resources.
The 2Courtiers is a company that creates “conscious culture” musical festivals. They promote a safe, fun environment for creativity that helps people expand their minds and consciousness. By partnering with 2Courtiers, GreenLight Solutions hopes to make these musical festivals not only a positive experience for the individuals who attend, but also a positive experience for the environment.