The vision - to find and share knowledge that addresses the major challenges we face and achieve change in our world.
A legacy of purpose
With his sights set on a New American University, one trailblazer has led the largest public university to the front lines of combating global climate change to ensure a more sustainable future.
"While college and university campuses across the country are, in aggregate, responsible for only about 3% of the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions emitted by the U.S., we are educating 100% of our future political, business, and social leaders. This fact alone places significant accountability on higher education and its leaders to take action."
- Michael M. Crow, President, Arizona State University
Campus life to the real world
After a baseline emissions inventory in 2007, ASU's "business as usual" would mean¹:
Solar power is a game changer
The state's abundance of sunshine provided a renewable energy source, and NRG provided customized, innovative solar installations to transform 31 sites across four ASU campuses. Students witnessed real-time carbon footprint reduction at locations all across campus - sport complexes, parking structures, academic buildings, administration offices, maintenance facilities, and the list goes on.
Tomorrow's forecast: sunny and bright
ASU will reach its 25MW solar generation goal in July 2014 on the way to becoming completely carbon neutral by 2025.
The school's commitment to sustainability and social change led it to host the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative University - 1,200 young leaders working to foster actionable plans for change in the world.
"I came to ASU because I knew that I wanted to be involved in business, and I wanted to make a difference. And what better way to make a difference in the business world than to help the planet and to help everyone involved."
- Chelsi Tyron, Graduate Student, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University