Recognition & Awards

Pac 12 Award DayThe University of Utah has received numerous awards over the years for our sustainability initiatives. The Sustainability Resource Center is responsible for preparing and submitting key sustainability metrics for national surveys and rating organizations. Thanks to the ongoing efforts of the campus community to advance sustainability, the University continues to move forward in many areas and receive recognition from national organizations. 



Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS)

STARS bronze seal The University of Utah participates in the STARS program, which encourages data collection to measure sustainability performance in all aspects of higher education. The University of Utah received a Bronze rating in 2011. STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities and is administered by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Institutions earn points in three main categories: 1) Education & Research, 2) Operations, and 3) Planning, Administration & Engagement. Each of these categories includes subcategories such as Purchasing, Curriculum, Energy and Human Resources.

Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges

Award recipient in 2012, 2011 and 2010

Sustainable Endowments Institute

The University of Utah was improving our grade each year with the Sustainable Endowments Institute but that organization no longer provides assessment scores.

  • Grade of B+ in their College Sustainability Report Card in 2011
  • Grade of B in 2010 and 2009
  • Grade of C in 2008

Sierra Club America's Coolest Schools

Included as one of their greenest colleges in the US in 2011 and 2012

EPA Green Power Purchaser

Last Updated: 1/22/14