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New Directions for Environmental Justice

By Nicholas Apodaca, graduate assistant, Sustainability Office Many of us who care about climate change and environmental justice take action in our daily lives to do our part: we recycle, use sustainable products, use public transportation or eat locally grown food. Yet often environmental problems play out at a larger scale, and while our personal […]


INVESTING IN A CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE

Originally post on @theU on April 1, 2019. By Emerson Andrews, Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund program manager Did you know that every semester U students are investing in a clean energy future? In the past 15 years, students have come together on two occasions to pass self-imposed fees to create a fund for renewable energy […]


Active Transportation Updates

Events. Need a free U-lock? APRIL 10 is Earthfest on the Marriot Plaza – bring your bike and register with the Campus Police to receive a free U-lock.  Find a rack, lock it up, and thwart the thieves! Infrastructure. The state of Utah owns and manages major roadways surrounding the University. These roads include Foothill Boulevard, South and North Campus Drive, […]


HUMANS OF THE U: NAIMA DAHIR

Originally post on @theU on March 9, 2019. “I grew up in a family that never discussed environmental issues or sustainability. That was not something known to us. My parents have been through a lot—war and things like that—so sustainability and environmental justice hasn’t been a focus. We weren’t privileged enough to know about those […]


RECYCLE RIGHT

Originally posted on @theU on March 25, 2019. By Ayrel Clark-Proffitt, Sustainability Office “You think you know…but you have no idea.” Sure, this is the lead-in for a celebrity exposé series on MTV, but in reality, it’s probably the best line to describe the state of recycling. Recycling isn’t a particularly new concept, even in […]


The Future of White Pines in the West

By Nicolas Apodaca, graduate assistant, Sustainability Office For many Utahns, white pines are a fact of life. Different species of white pine fill the mountainous landscapes of the Intermountain West, and their distinctive cones dot the forest floors. Yet compounding threats caused by changes in climate and forest management are putting these trees at risk. […]


REAL FOOD, REAL PROGRESS

Orginially posted on @theU on March 8, 2019. By Jess Kemper, sustainable food systems manager, Office of Sustainability Did you know that making good choices about the food we eat not only improves our health, but can support better labor conditions, improve the environment and keep profits in our local economy? Unfortunately, making poor choices […]


HEALTHIER CAMPUS INITIATIVE

Originally posted on @theU on March 8, 2019. By Shawn Wood, communications specialist, University of Utah Communications The University of Utah has adopted guidelines to promote better health on campus through nutrition, physical activity and programming over the next three years through the Healthier Campus Initiative sponsored by the Partnership for a Healthier America. President […]


A HEALTHIER COMMUNITY AND U

Winter Bike to the U Day Wednesday, Feb. 6 from 7-9 a.m. we celebrate our U biking community. Bikers stop by on your morning commute to the University on our annual Winter Bike to the U Day. Down a hot drink and win cool prizes. You can find us at these locations: Guardsman Way @ […]


AIR QUALITY RESEARCH

Originally posted on @theU on February 11, 2019. By Kate Whitbeck, University of Utah Sustainability Office It should come as no surprise that the University of Utah is home to some of the world’s premier experts on air quality. As we settle deeper into the winter inversion season, researchers at the U renew their efforts […]