The Sustainability Office furthers community relations and education through events and speakers that highlight climate and injustice, cutting-edge research, food issues, waste reduction, and more.
Earth U: Sustainability & Diversity Mentorship Dinner
During the spring semester, the Sustainability Office, with the support of the Office for Equity and Diversity, Environmental & Sustainability Studies, and other partners, hosts the Earth U: Sustainability & Diversity Mentorship Dinner. The event engages University of Utah students in conversations, while also providing the opportunity for students to interact with mentors throughout the dinner with the thought that mentorship has the power to transform lives. Earth U brings in mentors from both the University and professional world to address diversity in sustainability and to discuss careers and research.
Social Soup Lecture Series
Branded as “a reflection on the social, economic & environmental issues surrounding food,” Social Soup aims to increase awareness, to build knowledge, and to create conversations over food inequity. The bi-annual series features both local and national speakers who ignite conversations about food justice over a bowl of vegetarian soup made with locally grown ingredients, which is provided for free by University Dining Services.
The Alta Sustainability Leadership Awards
U Recycle Day
Got electronic waste or old tax documents? If yes, bring them to the University of Utah in April for U Recycle Day, an annual event to properly recycle and dispose of unwanted electronics and personal documents. Volunteers are always on hand to help you unload your car, making this an easy and responsible way to prevent potentially hazardous waste from entering the landfill. For updates on U Recycle Day, check the University Events Calendar or call the Sustainability Office at 801-585-9352.
What Goes Around Comes Around
At the end of each school year, the Sustainability Office and Housing & Residential Education partner for What Goes Around Comes Around, a donation drive during moveout to collect items for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah and prevent reusable items from going to the landfill. University of Utah students living in the residence halls are encouraged to donate unwanted clothing, bedding, and other household items for charity. Students can also drop off unopened non-perishable food items, which are donated to the on-campus Feed U food pantry.
Fall Harvest Soiree
The Fall Harvest Soirée marks the end of the main growing season for our Edible Campus Gardens with a fun and festivities. Volunteers help get the gardens get ready for winter by removing irrigation, planting cover crops, and composting dead plants. After the volunteer session, the celebration begins with food, a costume contest, and volunteer awards.