Scott Schneider’s passion for the planet drives his art. It also inspired him to gift Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability with an endowed scholarship.

ASU alum with a passion for the planet gifts School of Sustainability with endowed scholarship

Toxic/Nature Studios founder will create educational opportunities for students who share his passion for the environment and creating change in the world.

While research continually shows us how distracting our smartphones are, Scott Schneider has found a way to use his own as a means to observe the world around us. Now he’s urging others to follow his lead and protect a planet on the brink.

Supporting Sun Devils

Schneider often thinks about what he believes to be a common misconception, pointing to mantras that call for us to “Save the Earth” and “Save the planet.”

ASU’s School of Sustainability is the first comprehensive degree-granting program of its kind in the United States, with a focus on finding real-world solutions to environmental, economic, and social challenges.

Five pieces a day

Schneider and his daughter frequented the playground in Washington Square Park when she was younger. That wasn’t their only routine, though. Before playtime commenced, they made a habit of doing a quick litter cleanup.

Taking responsibility

Schneider’s actions inspired his town’s officials to adopt a “Pick Six” litter initiative that encourages residents to pick up six pieces every day and throw them in the trash at the local town hall. The hope is that it becomes a habitual practice in the same way it has for Schneider, who points to the words of noted environmentalist Robert Swan: “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”

“There was definitely a time when I believed that others more powerful or important than myself would help to solve the world’s problems,” Schneider says. “I came to the realization that I am someone and that I could try and effectuate positive change through my art and my actions.

“Maybe picking up trash is not your thing, but at least noticing it will hopefully prevent you from littering. There are also many other ways to help the planet.”

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ASU Foundation, one of Arizona’s oldest nonprofits, raises and invests private contributions to Arizona State University.