Working to positively transform Earth’s systems

The ASU-Starbucks Center for the Future of People and the Planet will advance Starbucks transformative agenda by leveraging ASU’s applied research, networks, expert faculty, and innovation through our shared aspirational commitment to the betterment of people, the planet and our global communities.

ASU-Starbucks Center for the Future of People and the Planet


ASU has the proven capacity to understand complexity, innovate, and develop actionable solutions necessary to positively transform Earth’s systems. The Center will leverage Global Futures Laboratory, a global research institute focused on the future of our planet, at a scale unmatched by any other university or research setting.

ASU + Starbucks

We have the opportunity to be disruptors in how enterprises deliver a customer and human experience at scale while simultaneously taking care of humanity and the planet. The Center will develop a collective set of transformative solutions, working toward our aspirational goals with a first-of-its-kind approach.


As an industry leader, Starbucks serves as a vanguard, bringing an aspirational commitment to continuously improve global business practices to be more profitable, socially conscious, inclusive, and environmentally sound, which will positively impact the future of the planet. Learn more about Starbucks sustainability aspirations.

Global Futures Laboratory

  • Discovery
  • Learning
  • Solutions
  • Networks
  • Engagement

Arizona State University Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory is the world’s first comprehensive laboratory empowering visionary leaders to unite and create bold actionable ideas for a more prosperous, equitable and resilient planetary future through opportunity, not sacrifice. Drawing on ASU’s deep commitment to use-inspired research and service to a global community, the Global Futures laboratory is shaping tomorrow today by designing options to sustain global habitability and improve well-being for all mankind.

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