Sustainability Action Plan

The University of Utah continues to advance environmental, economical, 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.

Sustainability 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. However, the 2010 plan needs updating to include intermediate targets, better metrics, aspects of: social justice, food systems, investment practices, and wellness. Additionally, the new plan will also recognize the accomplishments already achieved since 2010.

Plan of Action

The Sustainability Office will be working with the entire campus community to draft a new Sustainability Action Plan. The office has formed committees of faculty, staff, and students to work on the chapters listed below; those committees will work on a staggered schedule throughout the year. If you would like to join a committee, please contact Myron Willson.


Sustainability Action Plan Chapters

  • Administration and Communication
  • Sustainability Education
  • Sustainability Research
  • Engagement (Student and Community)
  • Air Quality, Emissions, Buildings, and Energy
  • Food Systems (Dining, Gardens, and Wellness)
  • Grounds and Water
  • Purchasing
  • Transportation (Commuting and Campus Mobility)
  • Waste
  • Diversity and Affordability
  • Sustainable Investments

We will update this webpage with reports and information on committees’ outcomes.