University study determines that tech-based online courses can improve economy, reduce carbon footprint.

sustainability-online-ASUAccording to a report released today by Arizona State University at the 2015 ASU+GSV Summit, providing online course options can create $545K in new socio-economic value, and save between 30 and 70 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per undergraduate degree.

The report, based on numerous staff interviews and data analysis, was conducted by ASU’s Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, funded by Dell, and uses the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) methodological framework as a guide to developing the carbon-based environmental aspects (footprint) of net positive statements.

In other words, ASU, due to its commitment to sustainability initiatives, used the framework to determine whether or not Information and Communication Technology (ICT) used to facilitate online learning could create net positives: to put more back into society and the environment than to take out of it.

What ASU found was that thanks to its creation of the ASU Online education program, the overall university’s mission to promote future sustainability—both for the economy and the institution—is succeeding.

(Next page: 4 key findings of the report)