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Kendon Jung

FDM FM Zero Waste
Program Manager
University Staff, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5112
Student Information:
Graduate Student
Design, Environment and the Arts (Design)
Herberger Institute

Biography: 

"Making sustainability universally accessible and usable to empower every individual to achieve their highest potential."

ASU has been a champion for sustainability since Dr. Crow's commitment led to the establishment of the nation’s first School of Sustainability in 2006. Since then, ASU has been making huge strides to develop, embed, and scale sustainable practices throughout the institution. This is reflective in ASU’s status as #6 in Sierra Club’s Cool School Ranking. Serving as a Student Involvement Coordinator, Kendon works with student leaders to raise awareness among the student body about sustainability practices and policies. He is instrumental in identifying pathways and opportunities through which students can engage in leadership outlets and practical experiences within the context of sustainability. In addition, Kendon supports and encourages students and student organizations to develop programs, competitions, and educational materials on sustainability related topics. With the majority of the hard infrastructure in place, ASU is now poised to elevate the profile of sustainability through it’s most valuable and thirsty assets; our students.

Kendon Jung graduated from ASU with a Bachelor's in Sustainable Urban Dynamics (2013) and a Master's in Higher and Postsecondary Education (2016). He is interested in leveraging his experience and place to encourage use-inspired research and innovative solutions to economic and social challenges while embedding sustainable practice culture into higher education, private corporations, and public administration. He is now pursuing a doctorate to explore how design can create holistic environments that elevate sustainable lifestyles in people.

Kendon has worked as a thought leader across the spectrum of sustainability. He has been on the forefront of desert water policy, global corporate social impact, and urban resiliency in three nationally recognized research centers. He has extensive experience working local businesses, non-profits, and public agencies to achieve sustainability goals. And most recently, Kendon is serving as the Chair for the City of Tempe's Sustainability Commission, employing innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and long-term visioning to help guide Tempe towards a more sustainable future.

Education: 

Arizona State University

  • Doctorate of Philosophy: Design, Environment, and the Arts (Projected Completion: Spring 2025)
  • Masters of Education: Higher and Postsecondary Education (2016)
  • Bachelor's of Arts: Sustainable Urban Dynamics (2013)
Research Interests: 
  • Design and embed sustainable systems to positively impact human behavior
  • Policy development to support environmental and educational governance reform
  • Integrate nano-techonology capabilities to increase university mobility and strengthen security
  • Analyze public and institutional decision making under uncertainty
Research Group: 
  • Transformation Lab (links): 2020 - Present
  • Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN): 2016
  • Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiative (WSSI): 2016
  • Decision Center for a Desert City (DCDC): 2011-2012
Publications: 
  • Value-based scenarios of water governance and use in Central Arizona: Possible Pathways for Future Development Poster (site)
  • Envisioning water futures in the greater Phoenix area: What do we want the future to look like? Poster (site)
Research Activity: 
  • Evaluating the Impacts of Zero Waste Initiatives on Fan Beliefs and Behaviors at Sporting Events (site)
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
LIA 194Special Topics
Professional Associations: 
Board: 

City of Tempe Sustainability Commission

  • Chair: 2018 - Present
  • Vice Chair: 2015 - 2018
  • Water Subcommittee: 2017 - 2018

Desert Botanical Gardens

  • Monarch Council: 2017 - Present
  • Sustainability Initiatives Taskforce: 2017 - 2019

Sustainability Knowledge Community, NASPA

  • Board Member: 2018 - Present

ASU School of Sustainability Alumni Chapter

  • Outreach and Engagement Coordinator: 2016 - 2017
  • Honorary Board Member: 2015 - 2016; 2017 - 2019

Tempe Sister Cities

  • Board Member: 2017 - 2019
  • Sustainability Chair: 2016 - 2017
  • One Young World Representative: 2016