|The fabled Green Men helped divert approximately 10 tons of recyclables from Rice-Eccles stadium during the 2011 football season.|
Students wanting to get involved in sustainability efforts on campus have many options to connect with different initiatives that always need new energy. In addition, students can start new groups on campus or take on campus sustainability issues with class or capstone projects.
For many students just tapping into news and information about campus sustainability efforts while doing little things like drinking from a reusable beverage container, using eco-friendly products or riding mass transit to campus is a personally sustainable level of engagement. Others may want to be actively involved in making tangible changes on our campus and the world. We don't care much about the specifics, we just want everyone to do something.
Take our Sustainability Pledge
The Student Energy Ambassadors are a group of students in the Office of Sustainability who are conducting free home energy evaluations of fellow students' homes.
Student sustainability groups on campus deal with issues from sustainable business practices to local food and the benefits of recycling. Students can start a new group if they see a need not being filled. Some of the most active student groups are:
There are dozens of courses dealing with sustainability at an introductory, fundamental or specialized level. We encourage faculty, departments, schools and colleges to bring other sustainability courses to our attention by emailing the Office of Sustainability.
The student green fee program allows innovative and motivated students to team up with a faculty or staff member to bring about sustainable changes to the campus.
The Edible Campus Gardens have paid and volunteer student positions to help them grow organic produce for our community.
The Campus Bike Shop is sponsored by the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective and the University of Utah Commuter Services department. They are located across from the Utah Museum of Fine Arts on campus.
Housing and Residential Education (HRE) offers a sustainability themed floor as one of their living learning communities. Contact the Outreach Coordinator in the Office of Sustainability to learn more.