Sustainability scholar speaks at Guam conference on island sustainability

In April, Senior Sustainability Scholar Amanda Ellis was one of two keynote speakers, along with Master Navigator Larry Raigetal, for the 10th University of Guam Regional Conference on Island Sustainability. Ellis works with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University as the executive director of Hawaii and Asia Pacific and director of strategic partnerships. During her presentation, Ellis discussed how the University of Guam (UOG) Center of Island Sustainability's proposed Guam Green Growth initiative — modeled after Hawaii Green Growth (for which Ellis is a board member) — could bring great opportunities in sustainable development for the island region. After the conference, Ellis said that UOG showed interest in working with experts in the ASU Wrigley Institute, particularly from the fields of renewable energy, microgrids and biochar, to further the Guam Green Growth initiative. In her keynote, Ellis commended UOG for its willingness to create global partnerships and said that she hopes the university’s actions to advance sustainability on the island and become a part of the global climate change discussion can inspire other islands to do the same. The University of Guam is a new member of the Global Consortium for Sustainability Outcomes, a global network within the ASU Wrigley Institute that advances solutions to sustainability problems through research, development and capacity building. Top photo: Amanda Ellis delivering her keynote speech at the CISX conference. Photo courtesy University of Guam.