Engagement

Adopting Sustainable Practices in the Workplace

The choices we make in our work environment impact the natural environment. Departments and offices represent a large portion of energy and material use, and waste generation on campus. By making smarter choices, we can integrate sustainability principles into day-to-day activities on campus. Our Green Office program provides tools, support, and guidance to colleges and […]


Humans of the U: Myron Willson

Janelle Hanson, managing editor, University of Utah Communications June 14, 2019 “I’m retiring as the deputy chief sustainability officer after being on campus for 10 years. I’ve seen a lot of change over the past decade. There’s a lot more support for sustainability efforts across campus. In my former career as an architect and planner—plus […]


Campus is abuzz with innovation

Imagine a smoldering late-August day on campus. The pavement radiates heat and you struggle to find a place to take cover from the sun. The walk from the Union to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts seems unbearable and you wonder what will come first: The museum doors or your body in a puddle on […]


A More Sustainable Responsible, Resilient Campus

Our Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer Myron Willson will be retiring in early July. As our sustainability leader for the past 10 years Myron has enabled us to make great strides toward a more ethical, resilient and inclusive campus, boosting our ability to be exemplary community members. He has allowed us to model what sustainability can […]


New Directions for Environmental Justice

By Nicholas Apodaca, graduate assistant, Sustainability Office Many of us who care about climate change and environmental justice take action in our daily lives to do our part: we recycle, use sustainable products, use public transportation or eat locally grown food. Yet often environmental problems play out at a larger scale, and while our personal […]


Active Transportation Updates

Events. Need a free U-lock? APRIL 10 is Earthfest on the Marriot Plaza – bring your bike and register with the Campus Police to receive a free U-lock.  Find a rack, lock it up, and thwart the thieves! Infrastructure. The state of Utah owns and manages major roadways surrounding the University. These roads include Foothill Boulevard, South and North Campus Drive, […]


HUMANS OF THE U: NAIMA DAHIR

Originally post on @theU on March 9, 2019. “I grew up in a family that never discussed environmental issues or sustainability. That was not something known to us. My parents have been through a lot—war and things like that—so sustainability and environmental justice hasn’t been a focus. We weren’t privileged enough to know about those […]


RECYCLE RIGHT

Originally posted on @theU on March 25, 2019. By Ayrel Clark-Proffitt, Sustainability Office “You think you know…but you have no idea.” Sure, this is the lead-in for a celebrity exposé series on MTV, but in reality, it’s probably the best line to describe the state of recycling. Recycling isn’t a particularly new concept, even in […]


The Future of White Pines in the West

By Nicolas Apodaca, graduate assistant, Sustainability Office For many Utahns, white pines are a fact of life. Different species of white pine fill the mountainous landscapes of the Intermountain West, and their distinctive cones dot the forest floors. Yet compounding threats caused by changes in climate and forest management are putting these trees at risk. […]


REAL FOOD, REAL PROGRESS

Orginially posted on @theU on March 8, 2019. By Jess Kemper, sustainable food systems manager, Office of Sustainability Did you know that making good choices about the food we eat not only improves our health, but can support better labor conditions, improve the environment and keep profits in our local economy? Unfortunately, making poor choices […]