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Phoenix and ASU Announced as New Members of Ellen MacArthur FoundationPhoenix and ASU Announced as New Members of Ellen MacArthur Foundation<div class="ExternalClass91C010E367A74F9BA8FA6B59C8DD396F"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.6;">Ellen MacArthur, a global leader in promoting economic change and the namesake of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, will visit Phoenix from London, England, to announce the city of Phoenix as the first major U.S. city to be a member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Circular Economy 100 Group (CE100), under its Governments and Cities Programme. Arizona State University (ASU) also will be announced as a Pioneer University of the Foundation's international network. In her agenda, MacArthur plans to meet with city leaders and sustainability educators to discuss Phoenix's movement toward a circular economy.</span></p><p>The CE100's Government and Cities Programme partners international government and city members with businesses and universities allowing collaboration and a holistic approach to achieving a circular economy. Membership to this elite group is by invitation only, and Phoenix will be the first major city in the U.S. to become a member. </p><p>"Joining London as the only two cities in the Circular Economy 100 Group shows that our innovative sustainability efforts are working," said Mayor Greg Stanton. "Phoenix strives to be the ultimate example of a city that embraces a circular economy. Teaming with the visionaries at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation will inspire and challenge us to do even more."</p><p>Arizona State University joins a group of premier higher education institutions from across Europe and the U.S. to research and develop innovations and solutions that encourage a more circular economy.</p><p>Together as members, ASU and the city of Phoenix become the first city-university representing a major U.S. metropolitan area. Phoenix and ASU view membership in the CE100 as the best platform to move their circular economy programs forward at a global scale while encouraging innovative entrepreneurship and creating jobs at the local level.</p><p>"Arizona State University is proud to join with Phoenix as the first city and higher education partner members of the CE100, demonstrating our on-going commitment to our design aspiration as a New American University and continued evolution as a global center for research discovery and development," said Michael M. Crow, president of Arizona State University. "The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and CE100 is an ideal platform for ASU and Phoenix to engage globally and work with other world leaders around the concept of the circular economy."​</p><p>While in Phoenix, MacArthur will meet and talk with city officials and ASU administrators and educators, as well as non-profit organizations and businesses participating in the GreenBiz conference, about the principles of the circular economy and how the concept can greatly impact communities. Phoenix officials will give MacArthur and her staff a tour of the 27<sup>th</sup> Avenue Transfer Station facility, PHX Renews community gardens and the mattress recycling facility at Goodwill of Central Arizona. ASU will host a series of informational and goal-setting meetings with MacArthur and staff to identify focus areas that could accelerate the university's transition to a circular economy. </p><p>MacArthur is best known for making yachting history in 2005 by breaking a world record and becoming the fastest solo sailor to circumnavigate the globe.  In recognition of her achievement, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2005.  Upon retirement, she established the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2009, focused on building a circular economy. </p><p>EMF CE100 includes companies such as Cisco, Coca Cola, Dell, Ebay, Google, Phillips, H&M, Unilever, Veolia and the Closed Loop Fund to name a few.  The Closed Loop Fund is investing $100 million to support recycling infrastructure around the world, and offers zero interest loans to cities and below market loans to companies to improve recycling infrastructure.</p><p style="text-align:center;">-30-<br></p><p> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong></p></div>2/23/2016 7:00:00 AMYvette Roeder, 602-501-0620 (media only)Customer Service 602-262-7251