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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 81.11
Liaison Corey Hawkey
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Arizona State University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Corey Hawkey
Assistant Director
University Sustainability Practices
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Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:

ASU reflects it's commitment to sustainability by integrating sustainability throughout ASU's Charter, Goals, and Design Aspirations:

ASU's Charter and Goals:

Demonstrate leadership in academic excellence and accessibility

Establish national standing in academic quality and impact of colleges and schools in every field

Establish ASU as a global center for interdisciplinary research, discovery and development by 2020

Enhance our local impact and social embeddedness

The charter and the 2015-2020 goals can be found at the link below.

Design Aspirations:
- Leverage Our Place
ASU embraces its cultural, socioeconomic and physical setting.

-Transform Society
ASU catalyzes social change by being connected to social needs.

-Value Entrepreneurship
ASU uses its knowledge and encourages innovation.

- Conduct Use-Inspired Research
ASU research has purpose and impact.

- Enable Student Success
ASU is committed to the success of each unique student.

- Fuse Intellectual Disciplines
ASU creates knowledge by transcending academic disciplines..

-Be Socially Embedded
ASU connects with communities through mutually beneficial partnerships.

- Engage Globally
ASU engages with people and issues locally, nationally and internationally.


A copy of the strategic plan:
The website URL where the strategic plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published sustainability plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

A copy of the sustainability plan:
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The website URL where the sustainability plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published climate action plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

A copy of the climate action plan:
The website URL where the climate action plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have other published plans that address sustainability or include measurable sustainability objectives (e.g. campus master plan, physical campus plan, diversity plan, human resources plan)? :
No

A list of other published plans that address sustainability, including public website URLs (if available):
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Sample:

Develop PhD concentrations in: Environmental/sustainability economics; and in urbanism

Global Sustainability Studies
Develop and conduct 6 international classes in 7 countries


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Research?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Research and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Sample:

Support Sustainability Scientists and Scholars in submitting two or more 5M$+ proposals

Serve as an exemplar unit for research advancement and support. Expand GIOS-led large multi-scale, multidisciplinary proposals on behalf of Sustainability Scientists and Scholars


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:

(Original metrics) By 2015, 60 percent of faculty, staff and students will be engaged as active change agents in supporting the University's sustainability practice vision. The metric will be the percent of ASU community participating in one or more sustainability related programs or projects per year.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Produce
- 5 Wrigley Series events
- 1 Stardust speaker event;
- 8 Sustainability Series at community locales;
- Collaborate in at least 1 public event on each of ASU’s 4 campuses
- 2 Case Critical Series (1x semester)
- Focus on food events,
- Work w City of Tempe on 2 local events/projects

Incorporate outreach/events into the 8 strategic focus areas; in collaboration with key GIOS events teams

Establish new collaborations with 2 local businesses

Collaborate in 4 new opportunities for community engagement


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Sample:
Reduce total commuter emissions by 50% through alternative transportation.

More objectives can be found in ASU's Strategic Plan for Sustainability Practices and Operations


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Sample:

The measurable objective is the percent of new university construction and renovation contracts in compliance with ASU Sustainable Design Guidelines, the percent of new university construction and renovation contracts in compliance with ASU Green Construction Guidelines, and the percent of new university construction and renovation contracts in compliance with ASU Green Construction Mandates.

More objectives can be found in ASU's Strategic Plan for Sustainability Practices and Operations


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Reduce energy consumption by 25% by square foot by 2025
Generate 25% energy from on-site renewable by 2025
Generate 65% energy through off-site renewable by 2025


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The measurable objective is to increase the total percentage of on-campus food items sold which include organic, local, natural and/or fair-trade ingredients increases.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The measurable objective is the 100 percent reduction in agriculture related emissions by 2025.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The measurable objective is 100 percent of new university contracts in compliance with ASU Green Procurement Policies.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation and the published plans in which each objective is included:

100 percent mitigation of Scope 3 transportation emissions by 2035.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Zero Waste by 2025 (90% diversion).


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Water?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Water and the published plans in which each objective is included:

50% reduction in water consumption by 2020
100% reduction in effluent by 2020


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Maintain university accessibility to match Arizona’s socioeconomic diversity


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The measurable objective is the downward trend in workplace injuries and reduced sick days.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas (e.g. arts and culture or technology)?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The measurable objective is the 100 percent reduction in refrigerant related emissions by 2025.


Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body (e.g. a mission statement that specifically includes sustainability and is endorsed by the Board of Trustees)? :
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The formal statement in support of sustainability:
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The institution’s definition of sustainability (e.g. as included in a published statement or plan):
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Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter No
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) No
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter No
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment Yes
The Talloires Declaration (TD) No
UN Global Compact No
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) No

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:

Second Nature Climate Commitment Signatory


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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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.