Engagement

THE U’S IMPACT ON AIR QUALITY

Orginally posted on @theU on February 19, 2019. By Myron Willson, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer The inversion season is upon us. This can be a time to point fingers at other polluters, but it should also be a time to recognize our own contributions to the murky haze and examine what steps we are taking […]


Sustainability Leadership Awards Honor Campus Leaders

University honors seven campus leaders with Sustainability Leadership Awards at the Environment and Sustainability Research Symposium. Each year, the Global Change & Sustainability Center’s Environment and Sustainability Research Symposium provides an opportunity for students to share their interdisciplinary research with the U community. On February 13, the Union ballroom was abuzz with the sounds of […]


The Dynamics of Climate Change with Aradhna Tripati

“The Dynamics of Climate Change” The Global Change and Sustainability Center (GCSC) seminar series presents a lecture by Aradhna Tripati, Professor in the Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences department and the Earth, Planetary, & Space Sciences department, as well as at the Institute of Geophysics & Planetary Physics and the Institute of Environment & Sustainability at […]


Searching for ‘Soul’-utions

“Imagining Sustainable Futures: Collaborative ‘Soul’-utions for Earthly Survival.” The Global Change and Sustainability Center (GCSC) seminar series presents a lecture by Giovanna Di Chiro, Lang Professor for Issues of Social Change at Swarthmore College. By Nicholas Apodaca, graduate assistant, Sustainability Office When we talk about sustainability, we might assume that progressive science policy would naturally […]


Invert the Inversion

Originally posted on @theU on January 28, 2019. By Ayrel Clark-Proffitt, campus engagement, Sustainability Office It is hard to ignore Salt Lake Valley’s poor air quality this winter unless you’ve figured out how to shut your eyes and mouth and plug your nose (or you haven’t gone outside at all). Views of our mountains, the […]


The Father of Environmental Justice: Dr. Robert Bullard

As environmental degradation and the impacts of a rapidly changing climate become more obvious, so does the inequity of its consequences. Recognizing that communities of color experience disproportionate impacts of environmental and health hazards that result from social, political, and economic practices, the Sustainability Office, S.J. Quinney College of Law, Office for Equity and Diversity […]


PROTECTING OUR WINTERS

Originally posted on @theU on Monday, January 7, 2018. By Abby Ghent, sports and sustainability student ambassador, Athletics and the Sustainability Office Mind-blowing fact: According to The Washington Post, if you were born after February 1985, you haven’t experienced a month where the Earth’s average monthly temperature was below average. Rising temperatures, as well as a […]


The Way We Learn: Lauren Barth-Cohen for the GCSC Seminar Series

We have all struggled with learning at some point in our education. Mathematics and the sciences can be especially daunting for many, while for others it just clicks. Yet it isn’t just about innate ability: the ways that we learn are essential to our educational success. As climate change bears down upon us, understanding this […]


SHEDDING LIGHT

How the project benefited the library Then: Lights in the Special Collections area were typically on 10-13 hours per day Now: Lights now are only activated when there is activity and only in the area where that activity is occurring Then: A compact fluorescent bulb is 54 watts, lasts about 10,000 hours and produces heat […]


SAVING BIRDS

Funded by SCIF The Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund, created through an ASUU initiative in 2008, collects about $180,000 yearly from a $2.50 per student fee. Since 2009, it has awarded more than $900,000 to projects aimed at enhancing sustainability on the U campus. The fund receives about 30 to 45 proposals each year and approves […]