Less than six months after its founding meeting at ASU, the Global Consortium for Sustainability Outcomes (GCSO) – a global network of universities dedicated to scaling sustainability solutions with like-minded partners around the world – announced its first round of grant awards. Members decided to address three core sustainability challenges in the consortium’s first year: city capacity to solve sustainability problems, sustainability education and reducing carbon emissions from the built environment. Three interdisciplinary teams were awarded USD $125,000 each to implement projects that address these challenges. Led by sustainability experts from ten GCSO member universities across seven countries, the projects work directly with implementation agents – including cities, schools, agencies and neighborhoods – to put research-backed solutions in place. The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability is GCSO’s managing partner.