Sustainability Committee

Understanding issues impacting environmental sustainability

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Mission Statement: To incorporate community connection by hosting monthly meetings highlighting ASU's sustainability work with activities and guest speakers, organizing different working groups for projects across campuses. Project ideas and implementation come from our committee members, join now! 

The Committee meets: First Thursday of the month from noon - 1:00pm via Zoom (link can be found on the Staff Council calendar). 

The Sustainability Committee is responsible for:

  1. Understanding issues impacting sustainability (climate change, pollution, use of non-renewable energy sources, etc.).
  2. Identifying existing programs and services available to improve or alleviate these issues, or recommend changes, enhancements, or establishments of programs to address these issues.
  3. Facilitating the communication of programs and services to university staff.
  4. The committee is encouraged to seek assistance from those who possess knowledge and expertise with regard to the issues they are exploring.

Committee Co-Chairs:  

Meeting Minutes

Access the 2022 meeting minutes

Interested in engaging in a Sustainability Project Team? Sustainability Project Sign-Up Sheet

Project TeamProject Lead(s) Contact Information
Book Exchange ProgramErin
Fashion ForwardHalie
Promote Veganism / Sustainable EatingDarci
Real Plant Initiative Halie
Sustainability at ASU BookstoresMonica
Public Transportation / Parking InitativesLEAD NEEDEDLEAD NEEDED
Trash into TreasurersErin Singla & Emily
Sustainability Webinar SeriesMary
Sustainable SWAG ResearchTravis
Community Garden on the Tempe campusHalie
Soft Plastic Recycling Stacey

New Resources

Ever think about the swag that you receive from various events and contests? How much of it do you still own and use? Make a difference by reviewing your department’s swag items so that they are more sustainable by checking out the Staff Council Sustainability Committee’s Purchasing Toolkit for Sustainable Promotional Materials. In the guide, you’ll discover ideas, vendors and popular sustainable item suggestions. Some highlights include:

  • Questions to ask yourself
  • Questions to ask vendors
  • Branding considerations
  • Best practices
  • New apparel vendors
  • Material swag ideas
  • Non-material swag ideas


ASU Sustainability goals and visionWhen it comes to a sustainable and resilient future, ASU is committed to leading the world by example with the following initiatives and their associated commitments.
Blue bag program The blue bag program complements the university’s widespread blue bin commingled recycling program.
Earth Month Learning seriesRecorded presentations from the 2020 Earth Month Learning series. Learn about Earth Month
Labels and signsRequest sustainable labels and signs for your office and events.
RecyclingASU has services to recycle specialty items. Search the content to find out how to recycle at ASU.
Seeds of Sustainability courseTake this training to learn the basics in less than an hour and educate yourself on how you can contribute to ASU’s sustainability efforts. After you complete this training and a short assessment, you will receive your “Seedling” certification.
Staff Council Sustainability Committee CookbookTips and recipes for a greener and healthier lifestyle. 
Sustainability digestThe Sustainability Digest is sent each Friday; a weekly summary of select sustainability news, job opportunities, ASU events, and more.
Zero WasteAims to create and implement programs to reach the university's circular resources goal and strengthen overall institutional sustainability by designing lasting, universal models that support ASU as a global leader in sustainable solid-waste management.

If you are interested in joining the committee, please complete our google form. If you are interested in becoming an advocate, being added/removed to a communication channel (distribution lists, SLACK), or have any questions about the committee, please contact the committee chairs.