The University of Utah's Office of Sustainability came to fruition because of the vision of a group of students during the 2007-08 academic year. It remains a student-focused organization, supporting student ideas and projects, logistically as well as fiscally. Our vision is to integrate sustainability throughout all operations, research, and curriculum at the University of Utah.
The Office of Sustainability promotes a more sustainable campus through its many initiatives. It manages the Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund (SCIF), which provides funding for student-led projects on campus. In addition, the Office of Sustainability coordinates the Edible Campus Gardens, green teams, sustainability-focused seminars, internships, and promotes sustainable opportunities with partners in operations, education, and administration.
Sustainability is one of the core values outlined in the University of Utah's strategic plan and the campus master plan. In 2008, the University President signed the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment. In 2010, the University released the Energy and Environmental Stewardship Initiative: 2010 Climate Action Plan and announced its goal to be carbon neutral by 2050.