Sustainability Goals and vision

When it comes to a sustainable and resilient future, ASU is committed to leading the world by example with the following initiatives and their associated commitments:

  1. Circular Resource System: Promoting Zero Waste by adapting the goods we consume to maximize their use before sending them back into the economy for the most productive use possible.

  2. Climate Positive: Working towards a net positive impact on the climate.

  3. Collaborative Action: Leveraging inter-disciplinary and cross-departmental efforts to design and implement enterprise sustainability solutions.

  4. Community Success: Promoting equity and inclusion.

  5. Food Reconnection: Fostering a strong relationship with nutritional food, knowledge of its sources and impacts on the health of our planet.

  6. Optimizing Water: Applying a systems approach to use the right quantity and quality of water for the right purpose at the right time.

  7. Personal Action: Engaging ASU students, staff and faculty community members in individual behavior that supports sustainability goals on campus and in their personal lives.

  8. Climate Resilience: Enhancing university-wide resilience to climate change.

By pursuing each of these initiatives, ASU has received the following awards and recognitions: 

  • Platinum rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS). ASU is the first institution to achieve a Platinum rating under the newest, more stringent version 2.2 of STARS.
  • Rated 5th in the world and 1st in the USA by the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, which are the only global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

ASU’s Approach to Sustainability

ASU is committed to meeting its sustainability goals by: 

  • Advancing sustainability technology and research.
  • Converging the university’s mission with its operations in a living laboratory environment that extends to the broader world.
  • Learning from the practice of implementation. 
  • Raising awareness of the urgency in addressing climate change and resource depletion.

Sustainability is also embedded into departmental goals and operational practices across ASU, involving the coordination of many departments and initiatives. The major contributors to sustainability coordination include: 

Global Futures 

The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Coordinates solutions, engagement, education and research to enable better lives.

School of Sustainability

Offers undergraduate and graduate programs and minors, as well as doctoral and professional leadership programs through the Tempe and Polytechnic campuses, as well as through ASU Online.


Sustainability contacts at ASU: