Sustainable brands: ASU gains Dutch partners

Starting this month, the Global Sustainability Solutions Center (GSSC) at Haarlemmermeer, part of ASU's Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, will research the linkages between employee wellness and productivity and a sustainable built environment for Park 20|20, the Netherlands’ first cradle-to-cradle business center. The cradle-to-cradle design enables closed cycles for water, energy, waste, and materials, thus producing no outputs.

The productivity assessment will involve faculty, staff, and one graduate student from ASU.

"The project will provide important information for Park 20|20 as it continually innovates to optimize the working environment for its clients," says Marta Hulley Friedman, program manager of the GSSC. "We are very enthusiastic about partnering with Park 20|20 and providing an opportunity for our faculty and students to learn about the concepts behind Park 20|20. This is the first in a number of projects we hope to engage in together."