Sustain Podcast

“Sustainability” has become quite the buzz word, evoking images of solar panels, rooftop gardens, and recycling bins. But too rarely do we ask the question: How do we build the world we want to sustain for future generations? From the University of Utah’s Sustainability Office comes Sustain, a podcast that highlights environmental justice research and scholarship by the University of Utah community. Podcast host Sydney Murray sits down with U faculty and students to learn how the sustainability movement can build and sustain a world in which environmental integrity, social equity, and economic security prosper. New episodes will be released monthly.


May 17, 2023: Conscious: An App for Sustainable Shopping (Hannah Rogers and Frances Benfell, University of Utah undergraduate students)

April 11, 2023: The Interconnectedness of Indigenous and Environmental Justice: Healing the Great Salt Lake (Darren Parry, former chairman of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation)

March 13, 2023: Forest Ecology and Science Communication with Unlikely Alliances Beyond Academia (Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, forest ecologist and professor emeritus of Biology)

February 14, 2023: Decolonizing Language and Interpretation Along the Overland Trails (Nich Backman History Ph.D candidate)

January 9, 2023: New Year, New Host: Introducing Sydney Murray (Sydney Murray Environmental Humanities graduate student)


December 12, 2022: Migration, Human Trafficking, and Environmental Justice (Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima, associate professor of Ethnic Studies)

July 12, 2022: Youth Climate Justice (Muskan Walia, University of Utah undergraduate student and Utah Youth Environmental Solutions organizer)

May 9, 2022: Novel Ecosystems in the Anthropocene (Dr. Carlos Santana, associate professor of Philosophy)

March 15, 2022: Bodies, Bikes, and Climate Justice (Kailey Kornhauser, co-founder of All Bodies on Bikes)

March 15, 2022: Bodies, Bikes, and Climate Justice (Kailey Kornhauser)

February 2, 2022: Equity and Inclusion in Scientific Research (Dr. Jory Lerback, UCLA)


December 13, 2021: Air Pollution Affects GPA, Plus Other Negative Health Outcomes (Dr. Sara Grineski, professor of Sociology)

November 9, 2021: Education Uncovers Links Between Social Issues (Dr. Ana Antunes, assistant professor of Ethnic Studies)

October 7, 2021: Latinx Belonging in Utah: ‘This is Home’ (Dr. Armando Solorzano, associate professor of Ethnic Studies and Family and Consumer Studies)

September 13, 2021: Indigenous Belonging in Alaska and Beyond The United States of Inequality: Political and Economic Challenges and Remedies (Dr. Thomas Michael Swensen, assistant professor of Ethnic Studies)

August 9, 2021: The United States of Inequality: Political and Economic Challenges and Remedies (Dr. Juliet Carlisle, associate professor of Political Science and Dr. Tom Maloney, professor of Economics)


July 12, 2021: Dr. Lazarus Adua, University of Utah assistant professor in Sociology

June 7, 2021: Dr. Danielle Endres, University of Utah professor in Communication

May 4, 2021: Dr. Hokulani K. Aikau, University of Utah associate professor in Ethnic & Gender Studies

March 15, 2021: Kerry Case, University of Utah chief sustainability officer

Transcriptions coming soon!