ASU honors conservationist with naming of Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

conservationist Julie Ann Wrigley Global Sustainability

In 2004, philanthropist and conservationist Julie Ann Wrigley participated in a gathering of some of the world's leading thinkers in the field of sustainability. The meeting, led by Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow, outlined a vision of a successful sustainability institute that crossed academic disciplines and institutional boundaries to forge a new way of thinking about and solving the challenges of sustainability.

To help make that vision a reality, Wrigley made a $15 million gift to establish the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. Later, she invested another $10 million to attract some of the world's foremost scholar-researchers to the nascent School of Sustainability.

Today, the university announces an additional gift of $25 million, bringing Wrigley's investments in sustainability at ASU to a total of $50 million. Wrigley is one of three families or individuals who have given $50 million or more to ASU – the others are Fulton Homes founder Ira A. and Mary Lou Fulton and businessman William P. Carey.

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