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The Global Consortium for Sustainability Outcomes (GCSO), a global network of universities dedicated to scaling sustainability solutions with like-minded partners around the world, has announced its first round of grant awards.
Three interdisciplinary teams were awarded USD $125,000 each to implement projects designed to create and scale sustainable outcomes across the globe.
Led by sustainability experts from ten GCSO member universities across seven countries, the projects work directly with implementation agents, such as cities, schools, agencies and neighborhoods, to put research-backed solutions into practice.
“GCSO is about solutions,” said founding director Jenny Carter. “Our member universities are leaders in sustainability in their respective regions. Our consortium is uniquely poised to address sustainability challenges because our members have the knowledge and resources to develop solutions. It is by working together and scaling the solutions that we will have the greatest impact.”
In October 2016, the consortium held its first annual meeting at Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe, Arizona (USA). ASU’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability is GCSO’s managing partner.
Members decided to address three core sustainability challenges in GCSO’s first year—city capacity to solve sustainability problems, sustainability education, and living laboratories for sustainability transformations. Subsequently, member universities collaborated to design the following projects, which have now received funding: