Sustainability strategic plan maps practices, operations for ASU community

December 5, 2011

Arizona State University released a Strategic Plan for Sustainability Practices and Operations during fall 2011 to help communicate its sustainability practices and goals, as well as encourage participation among campus community members.

The plan serves as a living document that declares the university’s vision to be a leader in sustainable higher education operations. The plan was written to have shelf life of between two to five years, lists ASU’s sustainability achievements to date and outlines short- and long-term goals and tactics to help ASU become a more sustainable place by 2035. Download Full Image

“Affirming ASU’s sustainability goals in a living document gives us a solid roadmap to follow on the way to becoming more sustainable,” says Ray Jensen, associate vice president of University Business Services and University Sustainability Operations officer. “The plan’s importance reaches beyond its functionality as a blueprint as it keeps our bigger, sustainability picture in focus.”

Included in the plan are ASU’s four major sustainability goals: carbon neutrality, zero waste, active engagement and principled practice. ASU plans to achieve non-transportation carbon neutrality by 2025 and transportation carbon neutrality by 2035. By 2015, the objective is to attain zero solid waste, and zero water waste is on track to be realized by 2020.

The remaining two major goals of the sustainability plan include ASU’s commitment to achieve documented, active engagement from 60 percent of the ASU community by 2015, as well as integrate sustainability practices into 80 percent of campus operations. Engagement by ASU faculty, staff and students to help create a more sustainable campus environment is crucial. While university leadership can produce the roadmap to achieve sustainability, the more than 85,000 ASU change makers have a responsibility to participate in large and small ways to keep the sustainability strategic plan on track. For instance, stepping up individual recycling efforts like using reusable water bottles rather than choosing plastic ones can help ASU increase its landfill-aversion rates. Switching ASU printers to duplex printing mode also saved 725 trees during fiscal year 2011.

To understand more about how to boost everyday sustainability efforts at ASU and read its Strategic Plan for Sustainability Practices and Operations, visit: For additional questions about ASU’s sustainability efforts, or to become more involved, contact Nick Brown, director of sustainability practices at ASU at nick.brown@asu.

Wendy Craft

Marketing and communications manager, Business and Finance Communications Group


411 Gallery festivities celebrate inclusive communities

December 6, 2011

The College of Public Programs, University College and the School of Letters and Sciences opens the doors of ASU’s University Center to the community for its 411 Gallery Inclusive Communities Art Reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Jan. 13.

The event, featuring live music and performances, will take place at the University Center at 411 N. Central Avenue in Phoenix. It also will feature a showing of “Deaf Jam” – a film by Judy Lieff. Download Full Image

The exhibition includes more than 100 new and diverse pieces from community and student artists. The artwork focuses on pressing social issues connected to celebrating inclusive communities and the assets of individuals with disabilities.

Community organizations and artists include:

• Inclusive Communities at CABHP

• ASU students

• ABIL – Arizona Bridge to Independent Living

• Seeds for Autism

• Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center Campus for Exceptional Children

• Down Syndrome Network, Inc.

• Epilepsy Foundation

• Arizona Alliance for the Mentally Ill

• Spina Bifida Association of Arizona

• Arizona Spina Bifida Association

• Special Olympics

• Luiz Gutierez

• Joni and Friends International Disability Center Arizona

• Southwest Human Development

• PSA Art Awakenings

• Inez Beall

• Fillmore Project

• Golden Gate Community Center

The 411 Gallery is part of the action, advocacy, arts (aaa) program. The aaa program uses the arts as a central vehicle to build relationships among the community and ASU students, faculty, and staff. By sharing their stories and art, the community transforms the ASU University Center building into a hub of conversation, culture and social engagement focused on issues affecting the university and its surrounding communities.

The galleries are free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily, except for holidays. Guided tours may be arranged by appointment.

For information about the exhibit, contact ASU Community Engagement at