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George Basile

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Professor of Practice (FSC)
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Professor of Practice (FSC)
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Professor of Practice (FSC)
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Professor of Practice (FSC)
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Biography: 

Dr. Basile is an internationally recognized creative thinker and practitioner in the field of sustainability working to reframe sustainability as a "decision challenge". Basile started out on a traditional academic career path, with a BS in Physics from University of California-Irvine followed by a PhD in Biophysics from University of California-Berkeley and a post-doc at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has held teaching positions at Berkeley and Stanford, and helped develop undergraduate and graduate sustainability programs in the United States and EU. He currently serves on the boards of nonprofit organizations and new ventures, and advises Fortune 500 clients and startups on sustainable strategies, operations, tools and actions. He served as the R&D head of The Natural Step, an accelerator of global sustainability and the Executive Director of the ASU/GIOS Decision Theater.

Dr. Basile is widely published and is a sought after speaker focusing on creating strategic alignment between business drivers and emerging market needs.

Education: 

PhD, Biophysics, University of California-Berkeley

BS, Physics, University of California-Irvine

Publications: 

McNall, S. G. and G. Basile. 2014. How to create a new narrative for sustainability that will work: And why it matters, part 2. Sustainability: The Journal of Record 7(1):9-20. DOI: 10.1089/SUS.2014.9822. (link )

McNall, S. G. and G. Basile. 2013. How to create a new narrative for sustainability that will work: And why it matters. Sustainability: The Journal of Record 6(6):297-301. DOI: 10.1089/SUS.2013.9835. (link )

Robert, K., G. I. Broman and G. Basile. 2013. Analyzing the concept of planetary boundaries from a strategic sustainability perspective: How does humanity avoid tipping the planet?. Ecology and Society 18(2):Art. 5. DOI: 10.5751/ES-05336-180205. (link )

Basile, G., M. J. Bernstein and S. G. McNall. 2012. Editorial: Trust, sustainability, and political innovation: A new reality for our future. Sustainability, the Journal of Record 5(3):123-126. (link )

Basile, G. 2011. What is the worth of a degree in sustainability?. Sustainability, the Journal of Record 4(3):95-97. (link )

Research Activity: 
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 508Pathways to Sustainability
SOS 517Sustainability and Enterprise
EMS 523Strategic Sust and Leadership
SOS 590Reading and Conference
SOS 592Research
SOS 792Research
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
EMS 507Strategic Sustainability II
EMS 508International Immersive
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
EMS 507Strategic Sustainability II
EMS 508International Immersive
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
EMS 501Workshop I
EMS 503Strategic Sustainability I
EMS 516Capstone II: Workshop II
SOS 517Sustainability and Enterprise
SOS 590Reading and Conference
SOS 592Research
SOS 598Special Topics
SOS 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 328Sustainability and Enterprise
SOS 494Special Topics
EMS 512Strategic Sustainability III
EMS 515Capstone I
SOS 590Reading and Conference
SOS 598Special Topics
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EMS 507Strategic Sustainability II
EMS 508International Immersive
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EMS 501Workshop I
EMS 503Strategic Sustainability I
EMS 516Capstone II: Workshop II
SOS 517Sustainability and Enterprise
SOS 590Reading and Conference
SOS 592Research
SOS 598Special Topics
SOS 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 328Sustainability and Enterprise
SOS 494Special Topics
EMS 512Strategic Sustainability III
EMS 515Capstone I
SOS 590Reading and Conference
SOS 593Applied Project
SOS 598Special Topics
Presentations: 
  • George Basile. A systems approach to sustainable business practice. National Packaging Association Green Workshop (Nov 2008).
  • George Basile. Clean, Green & Strategic Communications. Cleantech Scandinavia (Oct 2008).
  • George Basile. Sustainability and waste management. Regional Business Symposium (Oct 2008).
  • George Basile. A systems approach to sustainable practice. Green Summit (Sep 2008).
Service: 
  • Sustainability, Journal of Record, editorial board (2007 - 2011)
  • curriculum committee, faculty member (2008 - 2009)