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The Rev. Jenny L. Norton is being honored at Founders’ Day for her advocacy on behalf of sustainability and social justice issues, and for her concern with the impact of environmental challenges upon the most vulnerable populations within our society.
While serving as an Arizona state representative from District 27 in the 1980s, Norton co-sponsored legislation to mandate the use of clean fuels and to re-write the state’s energy policy. Norton completed her bachelor’s degree in justice studies at ASU in 1993, then completed a theology degree at Fuller Theological Seminary.
At ASU, Norton has established five scholarship endowments, including four in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and one in the School of Sustainability. The scholarships assist undergraduate and graduate students interested in justice studies, religious studies, sustainability, and women/gender studies.
Norton and her spouse, Bob Ramsey, were key supporters of Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona building the first LEED-certified Habitat home in Glendale, Ariz. She is collaborating with ASU’s Rob and Melanie Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, Habitat for Humanity, and the city of Tempe on a current project that will create entire neighborhoods of sustainable, affordable houses in Tempe, as well as in a village in Guatemala.