|Submission Date||July 29, 2011|
University Sustainability Practices
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 weekly Sustainability Digest e-newsletter announces sustainability-related seminars, meetings, colloquiums, lectures, brown bags, announcements of interest, and job opportunities.
Arizona State University regularly features news about student research on all topics, including sustainability.
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.
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.
Temporary signs are display during our annual Campus Harvest to promote and educate the campus community about our sustainable grounds-keeping practices and activities.
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.
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.
Arizona State University Housing provides a monthly newsletter that includes sustainability advice for campus residents.
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.
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.
Pocket Change is a pocket-sized brochure that provides tips for saving money and living more sustainably.
Ariona State University’s Green Office Program is a certification process that recognizes offices across ASU for their sustainable practices.
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 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.
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.
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.
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.