Farmers Market by the Numbers

Each Thursday during the first seven weeks of school, the University of Utah Farmers Market transforms Tanner Plaza from a sitting area to a thriving community. For anyone who has walked through the space, it is easy to see why the farmers market is a favorite fall activity for students, staff, faculty, and community members […]


Katie Stevens, Sustainable Utah Blog Writing Intern. Living in Salt Lake City, we are no strangers to air pollution and its harmful effects.  Breathing in toxic air can cause a range of health concerns including increased asthmatic symptoms, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and more. It is no surprise that we often retreat into our […]

Find Fair Trade Coffee on Campus

By: Nate Bramhall, Sustainability Ambassador. If you’re anything like me, the amount of money you’ve spent on coffee over the course of the semester is kind of astounding. Even though I save money by carrying my own coffee mug, my coffee spending comes out to more than $60 a month. But what is that money […]


Originally posted in @theU on Sept. 22, 2017. By Amy Brunvand, Sustainability Librarian. The University of Utah Sustainability Office turns 10 years old this year, and it is truly amazing to look around campus and realize how much has changed for the better in the past decade. Nowadays, there are campus vegetable gardens with ripe tomatoes […]

Shifting Vulnerabilities

By Bianca Greeff, Graduate Assistant.  Adaptation strategies to climate change are often portrayed as having no downside. In the case of climate change-caused drought, responses are seen as successful if they prevent the city from running out of water. Although the city will still have water, adaptation initiatives can restrict the flexibility of future responses […]


Originally posted in @theU on Sept. 18, 2017. By the Sustainability Office While students are cramming for exams, working and completing homework, it can sometimes be challenging to find and afford fresh food. This semester, the Edible Campus Gardens and Feed U Pantry have partnered to place healthy, fresh produce in the hands of busy […]

Towards a Sustainable Economy

Available jobs, low unemployment, and inflation-adjusted wages have made Utah’s economy one of growth. In many ways, business leaders in Utah have laid the foundation for a prosperous economic future. But alongside the positive things associated with a growing economy, there are some discrepancies and challenges that could pose a risk to a sustainable economy […]

Roll out to U Bike Week

New and seasoned bikers unite! Join the festivities at the inaugural U Bike Week to celebrate biking on campus. U Bike Week, September 11-15, will feature a variety of fun events to acquaint students, faculty, and staff with all things bicycle. The events will build a network of riders interested in making campus more bike-friendly, […]

Building Resilience

Bark beetles are some of the most destructive insects in North American forests. These native insects bore into the bark of conifer trees and lay their eggs. As the eggs hatch, the larvae eat the inner bark of the trees which leaves the tree vulnerable to infection, or can fatally damage the tree. The beetle […]

Sprouting Upward

By Ayrel Clark-Proffitt, Farmers Market co-manager. Originally posted on August 14, 2017. In 2008, the Sustainability Office and several campus partners came to a conclusion: The university needed better access to healthy and local food options. To meet this need, the partners launched the University of Utah Farmers Market. Organizers sent invitations to students, administrators […]