ASU continues to embed sustainability into the goals, policies, procedures, decisions and daily activities of departments across the institution through collaborative action.
- Annually increase integration of sustainability practices into campus operations and functions.
- Examples of progress:
- ASU Grounds has implemented a closed-loop system that turns campus green waste into fresh compost.
- ASU Grounds, Sun Devil Fitness and University Sustainability Practices collaborated with the City of Phoenix and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to test a hydrogel polymer in sports fields on the West campus as a new way to save water.
- Earn and retain at least 70% of operations-related points in the AASHE Sustainability Tracking and Rating System by fiscal year 2019.
- Update: ASU earned 51.59 of 71 possible points, meaning 73% of operations-related points in its STARS Platinum submittal.
- Examples of progress:
- Increase ASU campus community participation in cultural competency, diversity and inclusion training and events to 50% by fiscal year 2020.
- Update: ASU’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion offers several trainings and activities open to all ASU students, faculty and staff. ODEI is but one of the teams that work across the university to develop a robust set of training options and events for all. Additionally, throughout the year, the Office of Student and Cultural Engagement, Sun Devil Fitness Complexes, International Student Engagement and the Committee for Campus Inclusion host a number of workshops, presentations, training sessions, and experiences that reach across the breadth and depth of cultural competencies. The entire university community is welcome to attend every event. More can be found in ASU’s AASHE STARS submission.
ASU's Sixth Annual State of Sustainability Summit was held virtually on October 14, 2020. This event celebrated the many sustainability achievements of ASU and its partners from the past year.
Do you have an idea to improve practices to achieve sustainability? ASU provides a number of tools and programs to assist. In addition to the Sustainability Certifications Program, here are some additional resources:
- Facilities Development project guidelines.
- The project guidelines integrate green building recommendations and requirements throughout the sustainable design, design, technical and other guidelines for new construction and renovation projects.
- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certifications.
- The LEED rating system encourages and recognizes high-performance building practices in the categories of Integrative Process, Location and Transportation, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Material and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation. ASU has a minimum LEED-NC silver certification policy. ASU parking garages on the Tempe campus are also ParkSmart certified. The Orange Mall is SITES certified, and ASU is pursuing SITES certification on additional landscape and hardscape projects.
- Sustainability Certification Program.
- ASU’s Sustainability Certification Program offers many ways for the university community to contribute to ASU’s sustainability goals. Participants are guided through a variety of sustainability practices centered around energy, waste, water, procurement and health and well-being. You, your team, or your department can receive a certification. Click here to enroll in the ASU Sustainability Certification Program.
- Sustainability Initiatives Revolving Fund.
- The Sustainability Initiatives Revolving Fund was established in fiscal year 2010 to invest in projects that foster and enable sustainability efforts and provide an economic return on investment. SIRF funds are available to all ASU community members.