GCSC Seminar: Wildfires and Air Quality

By Maria Archibald, Sustainability Office Salt Lake City is famous for its winter inversions, which often cause residents to hunker down indoors, turn on their air filters, and avoid the dark cloud of smog hanging above the city. As climate change intensifies, residual wildfire smoke often makes summer air unsafe to breathe, too. On Tuesday, […]

Biking in the Winter

Hello to all our bicycle commuters, enthusiasts, recreationalists, and those interested in sustainable transportation! January may not be the time most of us are thinking about bicycling, but members of our community are proving that bicycling in the snow is as fun as building a snowman. Speaking of bicycling in the snow, Winter Bike Day […]

This was an event by the international collective Minga Indigena that brings together communities throughout the Americas to discuss shared experiences of colonialsm, extractive industries, and climate injustices. The group centers Indigenous knowledges and experiences to raise awareness for frontline communities facing the legal and illegal destruction of their biodiversty rich ecosystems and communities.

We are grateful

By the Sustainability Office It is easy to be cynical. It’s hard to escape any day without the weight of the world creeping into our thoughts, our conversations, or even our dreams. It can be overwhelming. And yet … We are not alone. We are thankful for the world leaders who committed to important steps […]

GCSC Seminar: Climate Change in the Science Classroom

By Maria Archibald, Sustainability Office   Have you ever tried to change someone’s mind about climate change by inundating them in science and data? If you have, you’re not alone—but Dr. Lynne Zummo, assistant professor of Educational Psychology and curator of learning sciences at the Natural History Museum, says that “if somebody is opposed to […]

GCSC Seminar: New Energy Materials for a Sustainable Future 

By Maria Archibald, Sustainability Office When Dr. Taylor Sparks arrived at the University of Utah as an undergraduate, he wanted to study just about everything. “I wanted to do chemistry, and I wanted to do physics, and I wanted to do mechanics, and robotics,” Sparks says. “There was no one department that let you do all those things. At least […]

GCSC Seminar: Clean Water and Tribal Communities

By Maria Archibald, Sustainability Office The COVID-19 pandemic, which has disproportionately affected Indigenous people and other people of color, recently directed mainstream media attention to another serious public health issue: many people living on Native American reservations do not have access to clean water. Dr. Heather Tanana, research assistant professor in the College of Law […]

A campus shuttle picks lets off a rider on a sunny, early summer day. Wispy clouds are in the sky.

Change the Future of Commuting to Campus

By University of Utah Commuter Services Your daily commute is more important than you think. It affects several aspects of your life, including your schedule, budget and health. However, everyone’s transportation options depend on their location, time constraints, resources and more. If you’d like to make a change and shape the future of commuting to […]

GCSC Seminar: Connecting the social and scientific study of the Anthropocene

By Maria Archibald, Sustainability Office  A quick google search tells you that “the Anthropocene” refers to the proposed geological epoch in which we are currently living—one that began when human activity started to significantly alter ecological processes, change the climate, and appear in the geological record.   In his upcoming Global Change & Sustainability Center (GCSC) seminar, “Whose Anthropocene? A data-driven look at the prospects for collaboration between […]

U Bike Week Banner. Title: Bike Unity, Sept. 23-30. Image of bike wheel with hands holding each other in shape of heart.

U Bike Week: Let’s build bike unity

By the Sustainability Office Celebrate bike unity during this year’s fourth Annual U Bike Week. Virtual and outdoor events will provide safety education, bike resources and fun as a way to grow the cycling community. “U Bike Week is a student-focused event, ensuring those who ride a bike now or are new to riding have […]

GCSC Seminar: Every Day Racism in Integrated Space

By Maria Archibald, Sustainability Office Dr. Stacy Harwood came to racial justice work in 2006, when a fraternity and sorority at the University of Illinois—where she worked at the time—hosted a racially themed party called “Tacos and Tequila.” Harwood joined other faculty and students to protest this party as well as a broader tradition of […]