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SCIF grants still available during COVID-19

By Maria Archibald, Sustainability Office   Have you ever looked around campus and had a creative idea, perhaps for an art installation or a landscaping initiative? A green building feature or collaborative research project? Or maybe an educational opportunity for students to learn about environmental justice and build appreciation for the natural world? Fortunately, there […]

GCSC Seminar: The built environment’s role in health and justice

By Maria Archibald, Sustainability Office   As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disproportionately harm people of color and low-income communities, it becomes increasingly clear that disease does, in fact, discriminate. Dr. Daniel Mendoza, a visiting assistant professor in the University of Utah’s Department of City & Metropolitan Planning; research assistant professor in the Department of […]

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Growing food and community in a pandemic

By Maria Archibald, Sustainability Office Originally published in @theU Breakfast or textbooks? Dinner or rent? Even before COVID-19, food insecurity was rife on college campuses across America, leaving students with difficult choices to make. As the cost of living rises and college tuition plunges a generation of young people into debt, some students are opting to […]

An intern with the Sustainability Office's Edible Campus Gardens shows off a carrot harvest.

Sustainability Office hiring student employees

By the Sustainability Office Work on campus to help make the U more sustainable! Help the Sustainability Office in its mission to integrate sustainability—the integrated pursuit of social equity, environmental integrity and economic security—across campus departments and operations. All undergraduate positions are 10 hours per week and pay $10 per hour. Open to U students […]

Students, community members, and faulty enjoying the University of Utah Farmers Market

Sustainability Office Cancels 2020 U Farmers Market

By the Sustainability Office The Sustainability Office has come to the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 U Farmers Market. We felt it wasn’t possible to move forward safely, and the health of our community must be a top priority. We value the community space created by the U Farmers Market, and we hope it […]

Sustainability Leaders Recommit to Centering Equity and Justice

Along with many of you, we spent this past week filled with grief. These feelings are tragically familiar, as is their cause. The legacy of racial oppression played out on city streets around the country and right here in Salt Lake City. We all must play a role in demanding justice in our communities and […]

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Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund: Year in Review

By Emerson Andrews, Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund manager During the 2019-2020 academic year, the Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund (SCIF) provided more than $100,000 to 19 projects designed by University of Utah community members. The projects covered a range of issues, from concerns about equity and accessibility, to water-use reduction, air-pollution awareness, and more. Project funding […]

Student project: Small thermostat changes lead to big change

By Kelsie Rae Patten, student in the Anthropocene Now Honors Praxis Lab We’re all familiar with the need to reduce carbon emissions in our warming world. We’re told to get solar panels on our homes, drive less, and eat fewer carbon-intensive foods. These changes can require a lot of effort for small individual impacts, so […]

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How to safely recreate now

By Ayrel Clark-Proffitt, Sustainability Engagement Manager We could all use a little adventure, especially after strictly following the State of Utah “Stay Safe, Stay Home” directive. But just as our everyday lives have changed in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, the way we recreate must necessarily be different, too. But that doesn’t mean […]