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curating global ecology through big data

Bianca Greeff, Graduate Assistant. Ecologists seek to answer the big questions about how the world is changing, and how species and ecosystems are responding to those changes. To answer these questions, a new network of analysis is needed. Community-curated data sources can provide new insight on how systems are have changed in the past and […]

Intentional Change

Bianca Greeff, Graduate Assistant. Designers are agents of change. They research how our everyday actions and behaviors are conceived, planned, and acted on. By making these intangible aspects of society tangible, designers have the ability to communicate about or change these societal features. In the past, design has been leveraged as a way to create […]

Find Fair Trade Coffee on Campus

By: Nate Bramhall, Sustainability Ambassador. If you’re anything like me, the amount of money you’ve spent on coffee over the course of the semester is kind of astounding. Even though I save money by carrying my own coffee mug, my coffee spending comes out to more than $60 a month. But what is that money […]


Origninally posted in @theU on Oct. 23, 2017. By Shawn Wood, communications specialist, University Marketing & Communications The University of Utah announces its first Athletics building to be LEED Gold certified. The Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Basketball Facility, home to both men’s and women’s basketball, is officially a leader in sustainable design and energy […]


Originally posted in @theU on Oct. 10, 2017 By Liz Ivkovich, University of Utah Sustainability Office Medical equipment that helps treat and cure hospital patients, big data computer servers critical to research, hundreds of classrooms lit and climate-controlled – carrying out the mission of University of Utah requires a lot of electricity. Soon, 50 percent of […]

Embodied Sustainability

By: Bianca Greeff, Graduate Assistant As a socially engaged artistic process, dance can be a powerful medium for communicating the ideas, facts, and figures of sustainability and environmental justice. Engaging with these ideas on a physical level can lead to a new perspective of the interconnections between our bodies and the environment. Dr. Ananya Chatterjea, […]


Originally posted in @theU on Sept. 22, 2017. By Amy Brunvand, Sustainability Librarian. The University of Utah Sustainability Office turns 10 years old this year, and it is truly amazing to look around campus and realize how much has changed for the better in the past decade. Nowadays, there are campus vegetable gardens with ripe tomatoes […]

Shifting Vulnerabilities

By Bianca Greeff, Graduate Assistant.  Adaptation strategies to climate change are often portrayed as having no downside. In the case of climate change-caused drought, responses are seen as successful if they prevent the city from running out of water. Although the city will still have water, adaptation initiatives can restrict the flexibility of future responses […]


Originally posted in @theU on Sept. 18, 2017. By the Sustainability Office While students are cramming for exams, working and completing homework, it can sometimes be challenging to find and afford fresh food. This semester, the Edible Campus Gardens and Feed U Pantry have partnered to place healthy, fresh produce in the hands of busy […]

Towards a Sustainable Economy

Available jobs, low unemployment, and inflation-adjusted wages have made Utah’s economy one of growth. In many ways, business leaders in Utah have laid the foundation for a prosperous economic future. But alongside the positive things associated with a growing economy, there are some discrepancies and challenges that could pose a risk to a sustainable economy […]