President's Award for Sustainability

The President’s Award for Sustainability recognizes ASU faculty and staff who have worked as departmental, interdepartmental or transdisciplinary teams that have demonstrated excellence in fostering sustainability at Arizona State University. This award recognizes the development, implementation and promotion of sustainability principles, solutions, programs and services. 

The university’s vision is for a sustainability program that encompasses all of ASU, engages the internal and external communities alike, and integrates the teaching, learning, research and business missions of the University. Sustainability projects or programs may be related to one or more of the following actions: use-inspired research; teaching and learning; active engagement; or campus operations.

Award information

The award application has detailed information and instructions on the entire process. 2020 application submissions are now closed. Contact us if you have questions or need assistance with your application. 

President’s Awards Workshop 

The workshop provides tips about organizing and writing submissions in a manner that best represents team and project efforts. Shelly Potts and Alison Cook-Davis of the University Office of Evaluation and Educational Effectiveness will conduct a workshop about measuring and reporting results. You will learn how to present your information in a concise, clear manner that makes it easy for award examiners to review your submission against the award criteria. All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the workshop. Visit Career EDGE to register for the January and February workshops.  

Sustainability award recipients 


Produce Rescue at ASU is a partnership program between ASU and the nonprofit Borderlands Produce Rescue. The program helps reduce fresh produce waste by distributing it to students and families across Arizona.


Banner Bag Program turns discarded vinyl banners into stylish, upcycled tote bags. ASU’s goal is to divert 100% of its banners from going to landfills.


The Poly Community Garden promotes academic engagement, community service and wellness within a sustainable food system. 


Bike ASU is a comprehensive campus program that includes three bike valet stations, five card-access bike parking facilities and a more accurate bicycle registration process.

New Student Orientation Zero Waste Lunches is a model for lunch operations that informs and engages event attendees about proper waste disposal while at the event.