Engagement

Addressing Alta Ski Resort Message

The official response to Alta land exchange communication can be viewed here. Please contact Myron Willson, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer, with questions and concerns.


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 […]


Longing for A New Direction

The universe is mysterious, beautiful, and unknown. The world around us and the space beyond is a cosmic soup of particles, atoms and energy, yet mixed together these things make up our bodies, our friends and family, the trees and water, the sky and the earth. While science seeks to unravel these mysteries of the […]


Modeling Evapotranspiration and the Limits of Plant Life: Gaby Katul for the GCSC Seminar Series

By Nicholas Apodaca, Graduate Assistant Plants play an essential role in the cycling of water and carbon dioxide through the soil and atmosphere. Across eons, they have evolved to optimize processes that maximize their resource uptake and energy usage. Determining the basic mechanisms of this process is complex, as plants are susceptible to subtle changes […]


‘TAKE RISKS, MAKE MISTAKES’

Originally posted on @theU on October 22, 2018. By Paul Gabrielsen, science writer, University of Utah Communications William Anderegg, an assistant professor of biology, has received one of 18 Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation for his research on the effects of climate change and drought on forests. […]


Green to Red Tailgate Challenge

By Abby Ghent Ah, football. The smell of barbecued foods, the sound of cheering fans, and the excitement of watching your home team playing their hearts out. The only thing missing is a little bit of sustainability thrown in. But you can change that: Join in the 1st Annual Green to Red Tailgate Challenge! At […]


Research to reality: Connecting scientists to policymakers

By: Nicholas Apodaca, Graduate Assistant, Sustainability Office. The effects of climate change are already impacting individuals in the West. Drier seasons and regular droughts are affecting Utahns from farmers to snowboarders as changing precipitation patterns mean less rain and snow. Seth Arens, a research scientist with Western Water Assessment and an expert in Utah’s climate […]


HUMANS OF THE U: KEITH DIAZ MOORE

Originally posted on @theU on September 25, 2018. “When people think of health and well-being, they may think of medicine, pharmacy, nursing—I think of architecture and design. What drove my architectural career was visiting my grandmother with Alzheimer’s disease in a lockdown wing of a nursing home. Architects, designers and planners have a social responsibility […]


GOOD TO GROW

Originally published in Continuum on September 17, 2018. Jessica Kemper, coordinator of the U’s Edible Campus Gardens, shows off produce from this season’s abundant harvest at their garden east of Pioneer Memorial Theatre. Kemper helps organize more than 75 student volunteers, who work shifts year round composting, trellising, weeding, planting, and harvesting at both the […]