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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-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 3.00 Corey Hawkey
Assistant Director
University Sustainability Practices
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Do the institution’s students have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a student council)? :
Yes

Do the institution’s students have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body?:
No

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which students are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

There are two student government bodies at ASU: the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) and the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA). These organizations represent and voice student interests to the university executive leadership (President, Provost, et al), the Arizona Board of Regents (the governing body of all Arizona Universities), and the state legislature. Officers come from and are elected by their respective student body (undergraduate and graduate/professional students).


Do the institution’s staff members have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a staff council)?:
Yes

Do the institution’s non-supervisory staff members have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body?:
No

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which staff are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

The ASU Staff Council is the representative body of university staff employees. The purpose and mission of the ASU Staff Council is to serve as a voice for university staff, to advise the President of ASU on the working climate, and to raise issues and concerns of university staff. The Staff Council also works to support university staff through various activities and initiatives.


Do the institution’s teaching and research faculty have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a faculty senate)?:
Yes

Do the institution’s teaching and research faculty have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body? :
No

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which teaching and research faculty are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

The University Senate is the representative body of the Academic Assembly, which includes the following: all tenured and tenure-eligible faculty, academic professionals, and full-time contract faculty (i.e. lecturers and senior lecturers, instructors, clinical faculty, research faculty, and professors of practice). Members may be nominated (or nominate themselves) as candidates and then are elected into office.


Does the institution have written policies and procedures to identify and engage external stakeholders (i.e. local residents) in land use planning, capital investment projects, and other institutional decisions that affect the community?:
Yes

A copy of the written policies and procedures:
The policies and procedures:

The Joint Review Committee reviews and makes decisions and recommendations on development actions in lieu of the Board of Adjustment and Development Review Commission for projects within the MU-Ed (Mixed-Use Educational) Zoning District. The Committee exercises the powers granted to the Board of Adjustment and the Development Review Commission, consistent with applicable law for those boards for any development action in the MU-Ed Zoning District. The Committee may, in connection with any development action in the MU-Ed Zoning District, impose conditions, as it deems necessary to fully carry out the provisions and intent of the Code. Any decision of the Development Services Manager, or designee, may be appealed to the Joint Review Committee for projects within the MU-Ed Zoning District.
The Joint Review Committee consists of seven (7) regular members and five (5) alternates. The alternates shall serve at the Committee meetings whenever a regular Committee member is unable to attend or must decline due to a conflict of interest. Three (3) regular members and two (2) alternate members shall be appointed by the President of Arizona State University (ASU); three (3) regular members and two (2) alternate members shall be appointed by the Mayor of Tempe with the approval of the City Council; and one (1) regular member and one (1) alternate member of the Committee shall be jointly appointed by the Mayor of Tempe with City Council approval, and the President of ASU. Members are appointed for a term of three years. (Zoning and Development Code, Part 1, Chapter 3, Section 1-310)


Does the institution have formal participatory or shared governance bodies through which community members representing the interests of the following stakeholder groups can regularly participate in institutional governance?:
Yes or No
Local government and/or educational organizations No
Private sector organizations No
Civil society (e.g. NGOs, NPOs) No

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which external stakeholders are engaged in institutional governance (including information about each stakeholder group selected above):

ASU has a Community Council of 45 leading non-profit organizations that convenes once a semester to provide advice to ASU on community trends and issues.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Website URL where information about Arizona State University governance structure is available.

Arizona Board of Regents - http://www.azregents.edu/
Undergraduate Student Government - http://asuusg.com/
Graduate and Professional Student Association - http://gpsa.asu.edu/
ASU Staff Council - http://staffcouncil.asu.edu/welcome
University Senate - http://usenate.asu.edu/

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