The University of Utah and the highest levels of administration have committed our campus to achieving carbon neutrality and to integrating sustainable practices that foster new, clean energy, local food, better transit, and responsible living through innovations that are prosperous for our campus and community

Our Commitments

American College & University Presidents‘ Climate Commitment

In 2008, the University of Utah joined the  American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment that dedicated our campus to reaching carbon neutrality by the year 2050. In response, the Sustainability Office with campus-wide support created the 2010 Climate Action Plan as a map toward a carbon-neutral campus. 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. 


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.

Healthier Campus Initiative

In 2019, President Ruth V. Watkins signed on to the Healthier Campus Initiative, adopting guidelines to promote better health on campus through nutrition, physical activity and programming over the next three years. The Initiative is sponsored by the Partnership for a Healthier America. Representatives from the Sustainability Office participate on the coordinating committee for the program focused primarily on active transportation, sustainable gardens and nutrition.

Real Food Challenge

In 2014, the University united with the national Real Food Challenge, a promise to shift campus food purchasing to include 20 percent real food by the year 2020. At the time of signing, the U was the largest university to join the challenge.

Billion Dollar Green Challenge

The university has committed to the Billion Dollar Green Challenge in 2016. This challenge is an effort by universities and institutions of higher learning to collectively invest one billion dollars into sustainability projects. The University of Utah is fulfilling this commitment through the Revolving Loan Fund.