What ASU is Doing
Walking the talk
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 is committed to reducing its energy consumption, increasing efficiency, and minimizing harmful emissions related to energy consumption.
ASU has a comprehensive solar program that extends to all four campus locations and the ASU Research Park.
Arizona State University is committed to achieving zero solid waste across all campus locations. View Roadmap to Zero Waste .
ASU is committed to offering alternative transportation options to reduce traffic congestion, air pollution, and personal automobile fuel and maintenance expenditures.
ASU is committed to sustainability in its food services through waste reduction, pollution management, and energy and water efficiency.
ASU is committed to reducing its indoor and outdoor water consumption through technology and refined practices.
ASU is committed to LEED Silver certification for all new construction of university-owned and operated buildings.
ASU is committed to implementing new sustainable solutions and changing its traditional methods and equipment of grounds keeping.
Services and Maintenance
ASU is committed to using services and products that are more sustainable and reusing materials whenever possible.
Purchasing and Policy
ASU recognizes that promoting sustainability begins internally with its own business practices and university policy.
Recognition and Awards
ASU recognizes small actions, major achievements, and eco-minded events and exhibits with a variety of sustainability awards.
Sustainability Student Clubs and Organizations
Honor Society for Sustainability (HSS) — The Alpha Chapter of the HSS fosters a network of sustainability scholars from across the campus to the workforce to promote sustainable principles and empower others for success. School of Sustainability College Council — The SOS College Council is a peer-elected group of School of Sustainability students focused on uniting fellow students to promote the social, academic, cultural, and professional interests of the sustainability community. More sustainability clubs — You can find even more sustainability-focused clubs on campus by inputting the keyword, “sustainability,” in the Student Organization Resource Center search.
Wrigley Hall, the headquarters for the School is the ultimate in sustainability – a recycled building. Originally constructed in 1964-65 and home to the College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation, the building was completely renovated in 2007-08 to integrate sustainability features that reduce consumption and waste and enhance the quality of life for students, faculty, and staff.
Renovators strategically removed exterior brick to create breezeways and increase natural lighting. Common areas and collaborative workspaces were infused with daylight to reduce energy consumption and increase informal interaction and productivity.
Solar shades added to office and conference room windows decrease air conditioning use by reducing solar gain and glare in summer. Open breezeways shaded by drought-tolerant native vines reduce HVAC loads and provide natural ventilation.
Furniture and Interiors
Carpet tile and GreenGuard-certified furniture throughout contain high recycled-material content and are themselves recyclable at the end of their useful life. Both carpet tile and furniture are modular in design, allowing for replacement of worn components without having to replace the whole.
Plumbing and Irrigation
Plumbing and irrigation upgrades reduce water consumption. Dual flush toilets (regular flush for solid waste and reduced-water flush for liquid) reduce water consumption by at least 30%, while waterless urinals save 40,000 gallons of water per year per unit.
An automatic, weather-sensitive irrigation system waters drought-tolerant native plant landscaping that beautifies and shades the building. All drinking fountains and water stations provide filtered water to reduce plastic water bottle waste.
Renovators recycled construction debris whenever possible. A new energy efficient roof eliminated the need for toxic chemicals and adhesives for installation.
New R30-rated insulation resists summer heat from entering the building. Low volatile-organic-compound emissions interior paints help provide a healthy working and learning environment.
Wind turbines on the roof produce electricity from thermal updrafts and winds of 5 mph or more and can each generate 1KW of electricity at maximum capacity.
Solar panels on the roof provide 24 KW of electrical capacity as part of Arizona State University’s campus solarization plan.
Windows and Lighting
Occupancy sensors save energy by turning off lights when offices are not in use. Strategically placed skylights help reduce energy consumption during daylight hours.
Lifetime light bulbs that produce a high relative brightness – more than 90 lumens per watt versus 1 lumen per watt typical of traditional incandescent bulbs – reduce waste, maintenance, and cost.