ASU reaffirms its commitment to sustainability

October 15, 2015

Arizona State University, one of the founding signatories to the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment (AUCPCC), has reconfirmed its commitment to Second Nature’s Climate Leadership Commitments.

Second Nature, a nonprofit Boston-based organization, has created a network of more than 650 colleges and universities that are committed to neutralizing their greenhouse gas emissions and accelerating research and educational efforts to raise awareness of the need for a more sustainable future on Earth. Download Full Image

Second Nature recently launched a new set of commitments for higher education institutions. It now offers three commitments — the Carbon Commitment (formerly the AUCPCC), the Resilience Commitment (formerly the Alliance for Resilient Campuses) and the Climate Leadership Commitment, which is a combination of the Carbon and Resilience commitments.

ASU President Michael Crow signed the full Climate Leadership Commitment in October.

Together, these commitments automatically make the signatories part of the Climate Leadership Network.

Through their commitment, university presidents and chancellors pledge to improve their institutions’ practices to reduce the emission of harmful greenhouse gases as well as work to adapt to a constantly changing climate.

“All three commitments are designed to do more than just get a campus’ carbon emissions to zero, or increase a campus’ resilience in partnership with its community,” said Second Nature President Timothy Carter. “They are about positioning higher education to make more profound and dynamic changes in society.”

ASU is working to mitigate 100 percent of its greenhouse gas emissions from building energy, refrigerant and waste related sources by 2025, and 100 percent of its greenhouse gas emissions from transportation by 2035. With the help of its solarization program, energy savings performance contracts and conservation work and improvement at ASU’s combined heat and power plant, ASU has cut more than 18 percent of its emissions, despite adding 24 percent more space and 26 percent more people.

“ASU is leading the way in sustainability so that our grandchildren can have the same lifestyle that we enjoy,” said John Riley, ASU associate vice president of University Business Services.

In October 2006, ASU hosted the inaugural conference of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. At the AASHE conference, 12 college and university presidents agreed to become the founding signatories of the AUCPCC. ASU President Michael Crow was the founding chair and its members launched the AUCPCC in December 2006 by sending a letter to nearly 400 of their peers inviting them to participate in the initiative.

Today, universities and colleges in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are signatories of the Second Nature commitments.

Lisa Robbins

editor/publisher, Media Relations and Strategic Communications


ASU sociologist honored with Lee Founders lifetime-achievement award

October 15, 2015

Arizona State University professor Nancy Jurik’s work, with a focus on social justice and gender and work issues, has drawn praise over the years that continues with her latest honor, the Lee Founders Award.

Established in 1981, this award, from the Society for the Study of Social Problems, is made in recognition of significant career achievements that demonstrate continuing devotion to the sociological tradition of the society’s founders. ASU professor Nancy Jurik Nancy Jurik, sociologist and professor of justice and social inquiry in ASU’s School of Social Transformation, was recently awarded the Lee Founders lifetime-achievement award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Download Full Image

Jurik, a sociologist and professor of justice and social inquiry in ASU’s School of Social Transformation, has been active in community projects identifying and promoting organizational reforms to reduce workplace discrimination and harassment. From 1992 to 2006, she helped to develop a nonprofit microenterprise lending and training program targeting low-income women and men in the Phoenix area. 

Her current research focuses on analyzing race, gender and regional barriers faced by entrepreneurs who manage small businesses. Jurik has expanded this research by collaborating with sociologists in the Czech Republic. She also teaches courses in economic justice and theories of justice. 

James Messerschmidt, professor of sociology and women and gender studies, nominated Jurik for the Lee Founders Award. He wrote: “I have very high regard for her and believe that her unique blend of scholarship, service and teaching exemplifies the ideals of the founders of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.”

Jurik said she was honored to receive the award.

“I have been a member of this organization since I was a graduate student and believe very strongly in its focus on teaching, service and scholarship in pursuit of a just society,” she said. 

Her interests also focus on media constructions of gender and work. Her books include “Doing Justice, Doing Gender: Women in Legal and Criminal Justice Occupations” (Sage, 1996, 2007), “Bootstrap Dreams: U.S. Microenterprise Development in an Era of Welfare Reform” (Cornell University Press, 2005), and “Provocateur for Justice: Jane Tennison and Policing in ‘Prime Suspect’ ” (University of Illinois Press, 2012). “Doing Justice, Doing Gender” was awarded the 1997 Myers Center Book Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America.

Jurik is a 2009 Distinguished Faculty winner in ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a recipient of the 2007 Gary S. Krahenbuhl Difference Maker Award by the college. She was also recognized by the Sociologists for Women in Society with their 2014 Feminist Mentor Award.