Achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Explore ASU's impact in achieving the SDGs

For the second year in a row, Arizona State University ranked top in the U.S. for global impact in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This year ASU is tied for ninth in the world out of 1,115 institutions from more than a dozen different countries. In the 2020 rankings, published April 21, 2021 by Times Higher Education magazine, ASU scored 95.8 out of 100 points, ahead of King's College London, the University of British Columbia and Western Sydney University.

This website recognizes some of the many initiatives that contributed to ASU’s top ranking, as well as educational programs, student successes, research, outreach, partnerships and solutions that have made news for their sustainability impact.

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Explore ASU's sustainability efforts

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ASU Charter, Mission and Goals

ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.

Charter, mission and goals

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Social embeddedness

ASU’s Collaboratory database captures the variety of ways faculty and staff partner with the community to address community challenges. Collaboratory can facilitate institution-wide coordination by enabling users to search the database, identify faculty and staff across the university who are tackling the same social issues, and find out with whom they are partnering and in which communities.

Learn about the collaboratory

Social embeddedness reports

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University sustainability practices

Arizona State University is committed to leading the world by example, with targets and commitments related to eight initiatives. These goals include a circular resource system, climate positive, collaborative action, community success, food reconnection, optimizing water, personal action and climate resilience.

Sustainability goals and vision

Sustainability operations reports