Arizona State University has made an institutional commitment to lead by example through the sustainable operations of its campuses. By demonstrating exemplary practices and sharing solutions, ASU stimulates changes in individual, institutional, and corporate behaviors to create a more sustainable world. ASU launched its sustainable operations plan with the signing of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. Four critical pillars focus the university’s effort: carbon neutrality, zero water/solid waste, active engagement, and principled practice.
ASU’s Carbon Neutrality Action Plan serves as a strategic blueprint for achieving a net zero carbon footprint across all campuses. ASU commits to mitigating 100 percent of its carbon emissions from energy, agriculture and refrigerants, and waste-related sources by 2025, and 100 percent of its carbon emissions from transportation by 2035.
ASU commits to minimizing waste through diversion and aversion. ASU reduces water waste by the use of more efficient fixtures, better water management, and distribution of effluent water for use by mechanical and irrigation systems. Solid waste is diverted from the landfill through recycling, repurposing, reusing, and composting. Waste is averted through reduced consumption.
ASU engages its community of more than 82,000 through education, participation, collaboration, and recognition aimed at encouraging individual initiative. Each campus serves as living laboratories that provide hands-on learning and the opportunity to develop knowledge and share resources.
ASU believes its value of sustainability should be expressed in the way the university operates and people engage with it. Principled Practice addresses areas including types of products purchased and used on campus, types of food served, types of cleaning products used in our spaces, as well as quality of life issues on campus.
ASU established the Sustainability Practices Network to develop practical and effective plans for operating the university sustainably to help the university achieve Principled Practice and all of our sustainability practices goals. More than 150 administrators, faculty, students, and staff from more than 40 departments across all four campuses actively participate in this essential collaborative process.