Resilience and regeneration

Resilience and regeneration

Climate Resilience can be defined as increasing the ability to survive disruption and to anticipate, adapt, and flourish in the face of climate change.

As climate change accelerates globally and locally, Arizona State University will need to be resilient to a variety of climate impacts, including:

  • Changing precipitation patterns and drought.
  • Flooding.
  • Increasing heat and urban heat island effect.

In 2016, President Crow signed the Second Nature Climate Commitment, reaffirming ASU’s commitment to carbon neutrality and committed ASU to develop a Climate Resilience Plan. 

Starting in 2016, University Sustainability Practices convened to design ASU's Climate Resilience Plan with: 

  • 64 ASU administrators, staff and directors.
  • 28 faculty members and deans.
  • 18 community leaders, residents, partner organizations and community college representatives.
  • 14 ASU students.
  • Four city managers and representatives.
  • Two climatologists. 

ASU’s Climate Resilience Plan is composed of two parts:

  1. Climate Resilience Emergency Management Plan: To ensure ASU is prepared for any climate emergencies it might face.
  2. Climate Resilience Enterprise Planning Framework: To integrate resilience into the planning processes for the ASU Enterprise.

The ASU Climate Resilience Plan is a working document; your feedback is welcomed.

Download each part hyperlinked above to see what each seeks to achieve.

Commitment Target date Status
Create internal institutional structures to guide the development and implementation of the plan. February 2017 Complete
Support a campus and community task force to align the plan with community goals, facilitate joint action and submit the first progress evaluation. February 2018 Complete
Lead and complete an initial campus-community resilience assessment, including initial indicators and current vulnerabilities. Within two years

In-progress: Downtown Phoenix, Polytechnic and Tempe campuses

Complete: West Valley campus
  1. Complete the plan, which includes:
    1. A date to meet defined resilience thresholds.
    2. Interim dates to meet increased resilience thresholds.
    3. Mechanisms and indicators to track progress on and off campus.
    4. Actions to make resilience a part of the curriculum and other educational experiences.
    5. Actions to expand research in resilience.

February 2019

Review, revise if necessary, and resubmit the climate action plan.

At least every five years.


Enroll in Climate Resilience training.