Dr. George Basile


  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Professor of Practice, School of Sustainability
  • Chair, Master of Sustainability Solutions Curriculum Committee, School of Sustainability
  • Professor of Sustainability and Enterprise, The Global KAITEKI Center
  • Director, eEcosphere

Dr. Basile is an internationally recognized creative thinker and practitioner in the field of sustainability working to reframe sustainability as a “decision challenge”. He focuses on how to plan and act strategically for sustainability opportunities by developing novel insights, methods and tools for effective and sustainable practices.

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 he advises Fortune 500 clients and startups on sustainable strategies, operations, tools and actions.

Basile was Executive Vice-President and Chief Scientist for the strategic think-tank the Natural Step International, which was awarded the Blue Planet Prize and Gorbachev’s Green Cross Award for Global Leadership. He led efforts on sustainability and business strategy at Fortune 100 businesses and start-ups, including the Home Depot, McDonalds, Nike and others. Basile also co-founded cleantech & greentech communication at Bite International, and he was the Executive Director of the ASU/GIOS Decision Theater. He serves on various boards and the editorial board of Sustainability, the Journal of Record.

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