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ASU Named One of Nation's 'Greenest' Universities

July 28, 2008

Princeton Review rating based on environmental practices, policies and course offerings

Arizona State University has been named one of the nation's "greenest" universities by The Princeton Review in its first-ever rating of environmentally friendly institutions.

The "2009 Green Rating Honor Roll" is a numerical score on a scale of 60 to 99 that The Princeton Review tallied for 534 colleges and universities based on data it collected from the schools in the 2007-08 academic year concerning their environmentally related policies, practices and academic offerings.

The Green Rating scores appear in the website profiles of the 534 schools that posted on The Princeton Review's site ( today.

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Integrated, Accurate Urban Data Key to Protecting Human Health, National Security

July 11, 2008

In his July 10, 2008, testimony before Congress, Professor Jay Golden calls for greater federal support for improved data collection and interagency collaboration.

More people, hotter temperatures, and a vulnerable electrical system. How will the US meet the growing demand for air conditioning in a way that protects our population while minimizing emissions of carbon dioxide that contribute to climate change? In his July 10, 2008, testimony before the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, Professor Jay Golden called for greater federal support for improved data collection and interagency collaboration.

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ASU Creates Solar Power Laboratory to Boost Arizona's Renewable Energy Industry, Improve State's Environment

July 11, 2008

Experts from one of the nation’s leading solar energy research programs, Christiana Honsberg and Stuart Bowden, are hired by the university to join industry innovator George Maracas in the quest to make solar systems more efficient and economical

Press Release

Tempe, AZ – Arizona State University is strengthening its commitment to boost Arizona’s economic development prospects in the renewable energy industry by establishing the Solar Power Laboratory to advance solar energy research, education and technology.

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Think Twice Before Recycling Your Computer

July 8, 2008

Discovery Channel: Tech

Dr. Eric Williams, Assistant Professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and in the School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, writes about issues concerning recycling your computer.

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ASU Leads the Nation with Largest University Solar Installation

June 10, 2008

Arizona State University (ASU) has awarded energy contracts to Honeywell Building Systems, Independent Energy Group and SolEquity to install two megawatts of solar electric modules on approximately 135,000 square feet of building rooftop space and some parking structures on its Tempe campus. With this investment ASU reaffirmed its commitment to renewable energy through what will be the largest deployment of solar power infrastructure by any U.S. university.

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Going 'Green': ASU Gives Sustainability Mass Roots

June 2, 2008

Chronicle of Higher Education

One convert at a time is a noble goal for any altruistic endeavor, especially sustainability, which has long laid low in the grass roots of society. Partly because of this, and because of the consumer-driven society in which we live, converting people to sustainability has been slow.

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ASU Ranks 6th for Impact in Ecology, Environmental Research

May 19, 2008


Arizona State University placed sixth in the Thomson Scientific's U.S. University's Top 10 in the subject area of ecology and environmental sciences. The rankings, developed for 21 subject areas, were derived from an examination of 9,200 publications (from 2001-2005) associated with the Thomson's University Science Indicators database. The top scores were held by University of California, Santa Barbara; Stanford University; University of Wisconsin, Madison; Harvard University and University of Washington.

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ASU Researchers Explore Bacteria-Driven Diesel Fuel

May 18, 2008

The Arizona Republic

The lowly cyanobacterium isn't much to look at, but the simple life form thought to have originally created the oxygen in Earth's atmosphere could be on the verge of making another dramatic impact on the planet: transforming the oil business.

Arizona State University researchers are exploring how one of Earth's smallest organisms may supplant its largest industry by growing bacteria to make diesel-engine fuel.

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ASU Opens 'Med School' for Earth's Ailments: 'First of its Kind' School at ASU Dedicated to Researching Sustainability

May 14, 2008

The Arizona Republic

Michael Crow sees Arizona State University's new Global Institute of Sustainability as a sort of global-issues medical school.

"Some 300 years ago, the first medical school was created with a few students, and before that, there was no such thing," said the ASU president, adding that it took hundreds of years for medical schools to create successful practices for treating the illnesses of humanity.

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U.S. Gets Brave on Warming

May 4, 2008

As published in The Arizona Republic: Viewpoints by Julian Hunt

A bipartisan delegation of U.S. lawmakers, including Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., participated in the Brazil Climate Change Forum, together with colleagues from the G8 and key emerging economies - Brazil, Mexico, China, India and South Africa.

At the February forum, U.S. representatives reassured the world that the United States is ready to reverse its policies and, independent of who wins the presidency in November, will collaborate in finding global solutions to climate change.

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We're a Megapolitan Nation

May 4, 2008

As published in The Arizona Republic: Viewpoints by Robert E. Lang and John Stuart Hall

Predictions of growth are not new, and neither is the idea of a network of cities. However, growth and development are now altering the United States at such a scale and pace that the "mega" concept is making its way into the mainstream of urban development and public policy.

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Major Changes to Way We Think, Plan must Be Made Now to Avoid a Sprawling Suburb

May 4, 2008

As published in The Arizona Republic: Viewpoints by Grady Gammage and Rob Melnick

As Arizona boosters like to point out, people "vote with their feet." In that election, more have come to Arizona than have been leaving. But a lot do leave.

For many, Arizona is a desert encampment: a good place to make money so you can afford to move on. For others, it is a sunny place to retire. But long-term commitment to this place has not been an Arizona norm.

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