The University of Utah continues to advance environmental, economic, and social progress for healthy and safe communities. The Sustainability Office has organized several groups from across campus to collaborate on updating the University’s plan for reaching carbon neutrality goal by 2050, fostering stewardship, and creating opportunities for prosperity.
Climate Action Planning
In 2008, the University signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment with the goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. To accomplish the neutrality goal, the U created the 2010 Climate Action Plan. This plan was updated on a rolling basis by topic area to include intermediate targets, better metrics and aspects of social justice, food systems and wellness.
In 2019, President Watkins signed the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments renewing the university’s commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050 and placing the institution on a path towards resilience and adaptation. Also in 2019, the University joined the University Climate Change Coalition (UC3) – a group of 20 leading North American research universities (including University of California, University of Colorado, Boulder, Univeristy of Michigan and others) that have committed to mobilizing their resources and expertise to accelerate local and regional climate action in partnership with businesses, cities and states, foundations, and other organizations.
Climate Action Plan
One of the requirements of the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments is to create a Climate Action Plan. In July of 2019, President Watkins formed a Climate Commitment Task Force to conduct a Campus-Community Resilience Assessment and create a Climate Action Plan. This Climate Action Plan will replace the 2010 plan. Task Force progress will be posted on this page as it is available.