The University’s landscape is a beautiful and unique combination of urban and wild spaces. These spaces support a wide variety of activities including: NCAA and intramural sports venues, densely used plaza space, shade trees to reduce urban heat islands, pedestrian corridors, educational opportunities for water-wise landscaping and rainwater collection, and habitat for wildlife. The University strives to promote intelligent use of our landscape and to create an environment that welcoming to all.  

What the University is Doing

Facilities Management

Facilities Management works constantly to ensure that sustainable practices are used in caring for our large campus, including mowing less frequently, composting landscaping waste, and hand-weeding where possible. Facilities Management is responsible for 1,100 out of the 1,534 acres that make up the campus—about 400 acres have been set aside to remain in their wild state. For more information, visit Landscape Maintenance. Landscape Maintenance is comprised of six departments: Arboriculture, Horticulture, Integrated Pest Management, Irrigation, Turf and Snow Removal.

Improving Landscaping Equipment

The Landscape Maintenance department reduces its air pollution impacts by replacing its two-stroke engine equipment with battery-powered and cleaner-burning engines that produce fewer emissions than two-stroke counterparts.

Campus Master Plan

The Campus Master Plan provides a guide for the future growth and development of our campus over the next 20-years. The plan sets the tone for how the University creates a physical campus framework that embodies the University’s mission, which integrates the principles of environmental, social, and economic sustainability into planning, design, and operations. Contact Campus Planning for more information.

What You Can Do

Respecting and enjoying our landscape is a great way to celebrate our grounds. If you spot broken sprinkler heads, leaking faucets or running toilets, report it to dispatch at 801-581-7221 to help reduce wasting water. Or, visit Red Butte Garden and Arboretum to enjoy the beauty of the largest botanical garden in the Intermountain West.

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