ASU commits to zero waste challenge with people power

Nick Brown

Major corporations are not that different from large universities when it comes to practices, management, emissions, and costs. Today's universities operate like well-oiled corporate machines balancing multiple departments, people, buildings, and challenges. Arizona State University—with 72,000 students, 13,000 staff members, and 1,500 acres of campus land—is no small university. But since Michael Crow became the university's president ten years ago, ASU has transformed into a sustainability-driven university.

In a recent article, author Georges Dyer covers ASU's zero waste accomplishments. Dyers outlines the university's process in identifying waste management strategies and the steps taken to implement those practices.

ASU's University Sustainability Practices Director Nick Brown says a major cultural phenomenon needs to happen in order to eliminate enough waste to really make a difference.

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