Sustainability Scholars

The Scholars is an interdisciplinary cohort of undergraduate students working together in the classroom and the field. This integration of curricular and co-curricular work uses our campus and community as a living lab for sustainability.

The Sustainability Scholars offers an active project-based learning community for students in all stages of their academic careers in programs and departments across campus.

Program Details

Each cohort is a maximum of 20 students. Scholars take 5 credits of sustainability-related courses and spend 150 volunteer hours working on a campus-based project. The program is a one-year commitment, beginning each fall.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 3.2 GPA
  • At least one year left before the completion of a BA or BS


ENVST 2100 – 3 credits

In this course, you will hear from a diversity of University of Utah faculty members about their department’s approach to sustainability, while developing an integrated framework for understanding and analyzing exciting research. Students may take this course concurrently with ENVST 3960 while a member of the Sustainability Lab, or if you have already taken ENVST 2100 prior to applying for the lab, you may count those credits towards the program. 

ENVST 3960 – 1 credit

This one-hour course will take topics explored in ENVST 2100 and apply them to enable you to use campus as a living lab for your ideas and projects. By the end of the (fall) semester, you will have developed a project to implement in the spring.

ENVST 3802 – 1 credit 

This spring semester project-based course helps you implement your ideas from fall semester and present them to interested faculty, students and community members.

Registration Process

Sign up for the scholars by registering for ENVST 3960-001. Questions? Contact: Adrienne Cachelin,, or Emerson Andrews, 


The Sustainability Scholars is a collaboration between the Sustainability Office and Environmental and Sustainability Studies in the College of Social and Behavioral Science.