University Sustainability Practices coordinates the efforts of many departments and individuals to measure progress against sustainability goals. This data also helps with external reporting commitments and provides valuable data for education projects and academic research. Students, faculty and staff may assist ASU in measuring progress by participating in the biannual Comprehensive Sustainability Survey.
ASU participates in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Reporting System of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, the most widely accepted sustainability reporting tool for the higher education community. A hallmark of the STARS tool is that all reports are open to all. ASU is currently rated Platinum.
- Sierra Cool Schools: Sierra, the magazine of the Sierra Club, combines data from AASHE STARS and supplemental survey materials to create a ranking of the “Coolest” schools.
- Times Higher Education Impact Rankings: ASU engages in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings, a global analysis of university contributions to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs.
Anyone may look up an array of real-time or historical data on the combined and individual energy usage of ASU facilities, as well as renewable energy generation on Campus Metabolism. You can also walk through a virtual office, residence hall room or lab to see how you can impact energy usage.
University Sustainability Practices administers a Comprehensive Sustainability Survey every two years. The survey is used to measure the ASU community’s sustainability literacy, culture and behaviors. In 2021, USP administered the survey to 40,408 students and all faculty and staff via email. Of those who responded, 30% scored 75% (six or more correct). ASU will be administering another literacy survey in 2023.
ASU President Michael Crow was one of the founding signatories of the Second Nature Climate Commitment, believing that it was the responsibility of higher education to lead by example in climate change efforts. In 2015, ASU expanded its carbon commitment by adding a climate resilience commitment. Progress to date: Annual GHG Inventory
Sustainability operations annual review
As ASU continues to make progress on its efforts to implement sustainability in operations and practices, the Sustainability Operations Annual Review provides a wide variety of metrics annually into one reference document. Read the latest review or browse previous years.