ASU named one of nation's greenest schools

April 24, 2013

Arizona State University is among 21 schools named on The Princeton Review’s “Green Honor Roll,” which recognizes colleges and universities for leading the way in sustainability.

This is the fifth consecutive year ASU was named as one of the nation’s greenest universities. Download Full Image

The university was noted for, among other things, having the largest collection of energy-producing solar panels at a public university; its pursuit of complete carbon neutrality; its numerous LEED award-winning buildings; and its online journal, The Sustainability Review, which is edited and published by graduate students.

ASU also is working on implementing a campus-grown food program and subsidizes the U-Pass, which offers unlimited rides on area buses and light rail.

The schools on the list received the highest possible score (99) in the Princeton Review’s Green Rating tallies this year and appear in the guide, 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition. This one-of-a-kind resource – which is published in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)'s Center for Green Schools – is the only free, comprehensive guide that focuses solely on colleges that have demonstrated a strong commitment to the environment and to sustainability. It is available at the website

Schools also named to the list include:

• American University (Washington, D.C.)
• California Institute of Technology (Pasadena)
• California State University, Chico
• Catawba College (Salisbury, N.C.)
• Chatham University* (Pittsburgh, Penn.)
• College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor, Maine)
• Columbia University (New York, N.Y.)
• Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta)
• Goucher College (Baltimore, M.D.)
• Green Mountain College (Poultney, Vt.)
• Harvard College (Cambridge, Mass.)
• Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)
• San Francisco State University (San Francisco, Calif.)
• University of California – Santa Cruz
• University of South Carolina – Columbia
• University of Washington (Seattle)
• University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh
• University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
• Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tenn.)
• Warren Wilson College (Asheville, N.C.)

Criteria for The Princeton Review's Green Rating cover three areas: whether the school’s students have a campus quality of life that is healthy and sustainable; how well the school is preparing its students for employment and citizenship in a world defined by environmental challenges; and the school's overall commitment to environmental issues.

The institutional survey for the rating included questions on energy use, recycling, food, buildings, and transportation, as well as academic offerings and action plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Princeton Review developed its Green Rating with ecoAmerica, a non-profit environmental organization, in 2007-2008.

"Each of our 377 best colleges offers outstanding academics," says Robert Franek, the book's author and Princeton Review senior vice president and publisher. "We don't rank them 1 to 377, because they differ widely in their program offerings and campus culture, and that is their strength. Our goal is not to crown one college 'best' overall, but to help applicants find and get in to the college best for them."

Sharon Keeler

Obesity Solutions Challenge winners announced

April 24, 2013

Winners in the Obesity Solutions Challenge were officially announced April 1.

The funding challenge, which opened Feb. 1, offered entrepreneurs with ideas to combat obesity the chance to win up to $10,000 in seed funding for their venture, along with office space, mentoring and the opportunity to present their ideas to real-world investors through ASU’s Venture Catalyst Program.   Download Full Image

Four winners were announced from nine finalists chosen to present their ideas to the judging panel March 26. Entries were judged on the proposed solution’s potential impact on the obesity epidemic, the strength of the team, innovation, and the sustainability of the solution.

The winning teams demonstrated the passion and diversity of the larger ASU community, and included a staff-led team, a student team, a faculty team, and a team of high school students under the leadership of an ASU alum.

The winners of the challenge are:

• Alien Health Game

• Nutritional Health Awareness

• Newtrition

• Stand and Move

The Obesity Solutions Funding Challenge is a great example of ASU’s commitment to health and wellness, as well as its dedication to fostering entrepreneurship and innovation within the community. 

“ASU is an institution that deeply values the entrepreneurial spirit, that lets people go and try something new – or to see if it works," says Alexis Brewis Slade, director of operations. "This funding challenge is about providing the support to see if that idea has wings."

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Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library