ASU awarded Think Green Grant, will expand composting program

May 15, 2013

ASU is the recipient of one of 50 $4,000 Think Green Grants from Waste Management, Inc. and Keep America Beautiful.

Waste Management’s Think Green Grants are part of its nationwide effort to improve community environments through cleanups, beautification, recycling and educational programs. A local Waste Management public sector representative nominated ASU for the grant. Download Full Image

The winning proposal by ASU will expand its Green Bin program. ASU Facilities Development Management Recycling program staff will collaborate with the ASU School of Sustainability in a capstone class. The goal will be for students to identify innovative solutions that improve and expand the Green Program to ultimately divert all of all ASU’s organic waste from the landfill.

“This gives us the opportunity to connect academics with operations by asking School of Sustainability students to innovate solutions to Green Bin organics collection expansion,” said Alana Levine, ASU Recycling Program Manager. “Students will actually see their ideas realized at ASU and establish a collection model for other communities to use.”

The collaborative efforts will help move ASU toward its Zero Waste by 2015 goal. During 2012, ASU sent 6,778 tons of waste to the landfill and 25 percent of that was meal scraps, including food and food service products.

Food-service workers currently use Green Bins to compost all food and paper food-service items at the Hassayampa and Barrett, The Honors College dining halls on the ASU Tempe campus.

For more information about the Think Green Grant, read the Waste Management press release (PDF).

Wendy Craft

Marketing and communications manager, Business and Finance Communications Group


Tempe campus road improvements may slow commuters

May 15, 2013

Construction crews will begin work May 20 on a project to expand the service drive south of the Tempe campus bookstore. Work on the road project will end Aug. 10.

When complete, the road will extend from the Memorial Union loading dock on the west to the intersection of Lemon Street and McAllister Avenue on the east. Download Full Image

The intersection of McAllister Avenue and Lemon Street will see lane restrictions from June 15 to Aug. 10, as the service road is aligned with Lemon Street. Drivers on McAllister Avenue should expect delays during construction. The west end of Lemon Street will close to all traffic during the same time, except for vehicles accessing loading docks on the north side of Hassayampa Academic Village. Drivers heading west on Lemon Street will be detoured to Apache Boulevard.

“The project needs to be completed before the fall semester to get ready for the return of the students,” said ASU project manager Pedro Chavarriaga. “Motorists, pedestrians, skateboarders and cyclists are advised to obey traffic signs and exercise caution when approaching areas under construction.”

The work will widen the current service drive to 26 feet, allowing commercial vehicles to make deliveries to the bookstore and the Memorial Union. The drive also will allow access for emergency vehicles.

Phase 1 construction work will affect pedestrian traffic at Palm Walk just southwest of Computing Commons, and will close the northwest corner of the running track at the Sun Devil Fitness Fields as the road is enlarged. Phase 1 also will close Lot 41, a parking area that serves disabled drivers visiting the Sandra Day O’ Connor College of Law building, as improvements are made to the lot and a solar canopy is erected.

In phase 2, workers will construct a new section of roadway to connect the service drive to Lemon Street. The new section of roadway will require the removal of the landscaped rocky hill south of Ross-Blakley Law Library. Saguaro cactuses on the hill will be relocated to other campus areas.

During the project, traffic entering the bookstore parking lot will continue to have access on the north side, but construction will block egress on the south. A new traffic control gate will be installed to the south of the Bookstore, keeping private vehicles from driving west beyond the bookstore parking lot.

Although there are no plans to close Palm Walk, Chavarriaga advises pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders and other vehicles should exercise caution near the site.

“We are not planning to close Palm Walk during this project,” Chavarriaga said. “However, when the project is complete, Palm Walk users will have to be more attentive since there will be vehicular traffic where it didn’t exist before.”

New signs on Palm Walk will warn pedestrians of cross traffic, which at times may include large delivery vehicles – like tractor trailers – crossing in front of them.

Eric Jensen,
ASU Facilities Development and Management

Wendy Craft

Marketing and communications manager, Business and Finance Communications Group