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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.97
Liaison Betty Lombardo
Submission Date July 29, 2011
President's Letter Download

STARS v1.0

Arizona State University
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Betty Lombardo
Manager
University Sustainability Practices
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts?:
Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the ... (Yes)

A brief description of the central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts:

Arizona State University has two websites that consolidate information about our sustainability efforts. The first, http://sustainability.asu.edu/, is the website for the Global Institute of Sustainability, which is the hub of the University’s sustainability initiatives, advancing research, education, and business practices for an urbanizing world. The second, http://schoolofsustainability.asu.edu/, is the website for the nation's first School of Sustainability, which offers transdisciplinary degree programs to create practical solutions for environmental, economic, and social challenges.

While research, education, and outreach are pillars of the University's sustainability efforts, perhaps the most relevant (to this question) section of our website is http://sustainability.asu.edu/practice/index.php. This section, called "Sustainability in Practice," highlights our institutional commitment and enumerates our many actions in the areas of energy conservation, renewable energy, recycling and waste, transportation, food services, water conservation, buildings, grounds, services and maintenance, purchasing and policy, and recognition and awards.


The website URL for the central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter? (Yes)

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The weekly Sustainability Digest e-newsletter announces sustainability-related seminars, meetings, colloquiums, lectures, brown bags, announcements of interest, and job opportunities.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
Does the institution have a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
Does the institution have a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability? (Yes)

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

Arizona State University regularly features news about student research on all topics, including sustainability.


The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features? (Yes)

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

Signage within the Global Institute of Sustainability building highlights green building features, including not only environmentally-friendly materials and renovation practices, but also the social considerations of the many design choices within the building. The website below summarizes many (but not all) of these features.


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
Does the institution have food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Does the institution have food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about ... (Yes)

A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

Arizona State University is committed to sustainability in its food services through waste reduction, pollution management, and energy and water efficiency. Our food service contractor (http://sundevildining.asu.edu/sustainability), our university caterer (http://cfo.asu.edu/uclub-sustainability), and our living-learning restaurant (http://engrainedcafe.com/) all have a mission to advance sustainability in their practices.

As a living-learning restaurant, Engrained Café is a showcase of sustainability in action, with signs, brochures, and an interactive website full of information about sustainable food systems.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies ... (Yes)

A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed:

Temporary signs are display during our annual Campus Harvest to promote and educate the campus community about our sustainable grounds-keeping practices and activities.


The website URL for signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed:
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Does the institution have a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Does the institution have a sustainability walking map or tour? (Yes)

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Developed in 2010, the 1.2-mile sustainability walking tour highlights LEED-certified buildings, solar installations, and a variety of examples that comprise the University's integrated, university-wide approach to sustainability.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
Does the institution have a guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation?:
Does the institution have a guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of ... (Yes)

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:

Arizona State University encourages students, faculty and staff to use an alternate mode of transportation as often as possible. The University's Parking and Transit Services-Commuter Options program provides a number of transit options for the University community, most of which are free.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:
Does the institution have a guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Does the institution have a guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the ... (Yes)

A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

Arizona State University Housing provides a monthly newsletter that includes sustainability advice for campus residents.


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
Does the institution have regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper (either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat)?:
Does the institution have regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper (either ... (Yes)

A brief description of regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:

While there is not a regular column, per se, nor a reporter assigned specifically to the sustainability beat, sustainability practices (http://asunews.asu.edu/taxonomy/term/358) and research (http://asunews.asu.edu/taxonomy/term/40) are regularly covered in the University’s News.


The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (1st material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered ... (Yes)

A brief description of this material:

Our prospectus, Sustainability at ASU: Toward a more sustainable world, provides an overview of ASU’s efforts to advance sustainability across the university and beyond.


The website URL for this material:
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered ... (Yes)

A brief description of this material:

Arizona State University’s Carbon Neutrality Action Plan serves as a strategic blueprint for achieving a net zero carbon footprint across all campuses. ASU commits to mitigating 100 percent of its carbon emissions from energy, agriculture and refrigerants, and waste-related sources by 2025, and 100 percent of its carbon emissions from transportation by 2035.


The website URL for this material:
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered ... (Yes)

A brief description of this material:

Pocket Change is a pocket-sized brochure that provides tips for saving money and living more sustainably.


The website URL for this material:
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (4th material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered ... (Yes)

A brief description of this material:

Ariona State University’s Green Office Program is a certification process that recognizes offices across ASU for their sustainable practices.


The website URL for this material:
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (5th material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered ... (Yes)

A brief description of this material:

The below URL includes seven outreach items, grouped together here as "Resources for Educators." These are websites, publications, teachers' guides, and other items that allow K-12 teachers to bring sustainability-related topics into their classrooms.


The website URL for this material:
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (6th material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered ... (Yes)

A brief description of this material:

The Sustainability Review is a biannual, online publication edited and published by graduate students at Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability. Part scholarly journal, part popular magazine, The Sustainability Review combines research, opinion, and art to bring sustainability into the public dialogue.


The website URL for this material:
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (7th material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered ... (Yes)

A brief description of this material:

A place for alumni, students, faculty, staff, and associates of Arizona State University's School of Sustainability, http://www.facebook.com/ASUsustainability is the Facebook page sanctioned and administered by the School of Sustainability. The Facebook page also links to the official Twitter for ASU's Global Institute of Sustainability and the School of Sustainability, which can be found at http://twitter.com/asugreen.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (8th material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered ... (Yes)

A brief description of this material:

Campus Metabolism™ provides an interactive web tool that enables users to examine real-time energy and water use on campus - by individual building, building type, or the entire campus.


The website URL for this material:

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