Sustainability Practices

Sustainability practices at the MU

The Memorial Union recognizes the importance of being a good environmental steward and shares Arizona State University’s commitment to sustainability.

Zero Waste Station | MU

Eat + Sort + Reduce Landfill Waste

The Memorial Union launches its first Zero Waste Station in January 2016. The station reduces the amount of food waste ASU sends to area landfills.

Located on the North end of the main level, the station combines compost, recycle and landfill receptacles into a one-stop food waste destination. The MU installation is the first of its kind on any ASU campus that offers a compost option.

Follow ASU Zero Waste on Twitter @ZeroWasteASU #ASUZeroWasteStation and like them on Facebook: ZeroWasteASU.

Zero Waste Events

Hosting a Zero Waste event minimizes landfill waste through aversion or diversion and demonstrates a commitment to ASU's Zero Waste goal.

The MU makes hosting a Zero Waste Event easy by incorporating recycling, composting, sustainable menu options and more into available planning options.

For more information about how to host a Zero Waste event please visit: Zero Waste Events at ASU

Green Office Program

The Memorial Union achieved Level-Two certification in ASU’s Green Office Program and continues to support sustainability practices.

The Memorial Union Recycles

The Memorial Union participates in ASU’s Commingled Recycling Program. Blue recycling bins can be found throughout the facility.

“Green” features in the Memorial Union include:

Blue recycle bin

Green Compost Bin

Exterior seating area of Changemaker Central at MU

Printer with Print Anywhere poster on the wall above

  • Participation in ASU’s Commingled Recycling Program
  • Water Bottle Filing Stations
  • Paperless operations through use of iPads for event crews
  • LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification
  • Lower level outdoor Biophilic design implementation
  • Back-of-house composting from Pitchforks
  • Changemaker Central solar umbrellas
  • “Print Anywhere 100% recycled paper” stations
  • E-waste recycling collection
  • Blue page participation for staff/offices
  • LED lighting and low-flow fixtures
  • Solar Parasol over MU North Stage for shading
  • Professional and student staff receive sustainability training

Sustainability at ASU

As a leader in sustainability, Arizona State University has unveiled a plan to guide students, faculty, staff, and partners in making the University carbon neutral by 2025, with our transportation goal set for 2035. To be sustainable, our actions must reflect what is important to us – qualities such as clean air, clean water, health, security and prosperity. At Arizona State University, we believe that the advancement of society is compatible with environmental stewardship. Recognizing that reaching our true potential as an institution is directly linked to realizing the potential of society at large, we imagine the possibilities for positive societal change and are making real investments in that future now.

Engrained Café

iMU Engrained Patio seating area

Engrained is a fast-casual, full service restaurant designed to be an educational food experience surrounding sustainability with a focus on what we are making, the ingredients used and how they are handled. Engrained Café features both vegan and vegetarian options. There is also a focus on healthier eating based on seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables and local foods when available. Engrained Café is located inside the Memorial Union on the Second Level.