The Sustainability Consortium: An Overview

agricultural field with rows of crops

The Sustainability Consortium is a collaboration between ASU and the University of Arkansas working with corporate, NGO, trade association and university partners to achieve more sustainable products. TSC has created a science-based measurement platform called THESIS used by Walmart, Amazon, Sprouts, Walgreens, Kroger and other retailers to annually assess sustainability performance of the products they sell.

In this seminar led by Christy Melhart Slay, learn about the development and use of TSC’s THESIS platform and hear about some of the projects that drive impact in supply chains. The presentation will highlight sustainability solutions in agriculture, as well as linking global drivers of deforestation to products. The seminar will cover real world examples of environmental and social science applications to business sustainability decision making.

Melhart Slay directs the technical alignment and partnership activities for TSC to develop a global, transparent, scientifically-based measurement and reporting system for product sustainability. She leads efforts with strategic partners to ensure TSC’s metrics, tools and reporting systems are harmonized and interoperable with existing initiatives. Melhart Slay leads various projects on resilient agricultural supply chains with diverse stakeholders. She also leads the development of spatial tools for visualizing the environmental and social impacts of global supply chains. Most recently she published research on the drivers of global forest loss in the journal Science. During her vacation time she co-leads cave ecology research on the island of Hawaii, documenting new species.

This presentation is part of the Science and Mathematics Colloquium series of the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at ASU Polytechnic campus.

Department: 
Faculty of Science and Mathematics, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Contact: 
Professor Steven Saul
Wed., Sept. 30, 3 p.m.
Location: 
Online via Zoom
Price: 
Free