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SOURCE Arizona State University
ASU to honor conservationist with naming of Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
TEMPE, Ariz., May 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As climate change threatens the world's eco-systems, conservationist and philanthropist Julie Ann Wrigley is on a mission.
Turning to higher education for solutions, Wrigley has made a new $25 million philanthropic investment in Arizona State University's Global Institute of Sustainability, bringing her total commitment to sustainability research and programs at ASU to $50 million. Her most recent support will advance research on how current human activity impacts the Earth's capacity to sustain populations of all species.
In recognition of her leadership, ASU is renaming the institute: the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.
"ASU and Julie Wrigley have been dedicated partners in building the nation's most comprehensive program in sustainability teaching, learning and discovery, and we could not have done it without her generous investment and leadership," says ASU President Michael M. Crow, a member of the steering committee of the American College & University President's Climate Commitment.
"She recognized and trusted that our university is one of the rare places that can tackle issues of sustainability across disciplines and find real-world solutions. Julie shares our commitment to making the world a better place for future generations and, through her partnership with us, is helping to invent that future."
Wrigley's commitments have helped to transform ASU - a university known for innovation and risk-taking - into a global center of sustainability education and discovery. For example:
"Julie's continued support is an affirmation that we're going in the right direction, and a challenge to continually strive to do more," says Rob Melnick, Wrigley Institute COO and executive director. "We have launched the nation's first School of Sustainability, and we continue to grow enrollment and expand the degrees and programs we offer, so we can educate as many future leaders as possible. We have built a foundation for collaborating across academic disciplines and internal and external partnerships - and even institutional and international boundaries - to approach our sustainability research in innovative ways."
"I spend as much time working on my world of sustainability as I spend on my other business endeavors," says Wrigley, CEO of Wrigley Investments LLC, also has sat on the board of the World Wildlife Fund, Keep America Beautiful, the Nature Conservancy and the Peregrine Fund.
"And to me, that's how you can make an impact."
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