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the greening of the arctic

By Amber Aumiller, graduate assistant, Sustainability Office What do you think of when you think of the Arctic? Vast glacial landscapes? The Aurora Borealis? Polar bears and melting sea ice?  Most of us are aware that global warming is rapidly heating up the Arctic, but for many of us, it’s still a relatively foreign, frosty […]


Engineering Sustainable Cities

By Amber Aumiller, graduate assistant, Sustainability Office More and more we are recognizing that everything in our world is interconnected.  Even our cities are increasingly managed as a network of interdependent systems that can be optimized to waste fewer of our world’s valuable resources.  Considering the prediction that places 70% of the world’s population – […]


Science, Policy and Jell-O in our Nation’s Capitol

By Nic Apodaca, graduate assistant, Sustainability Office At the end of March, four University of Utah graduate students spent three days in Washington D.C. for the Catalyzing Advocacy for Science and Engineering (CASE) workshop hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). At a time when the value of education and scientific […]


Beyond the Aluminum Can

Image credit: Todd Helmenstine / sciencenotes.org Why Recycling Across the Periodic Table Matters By Kate Whitbeck, Sustainability Office When the average person thinks about metal recycling the image that pops into their head is of an aluminum or tin can – a soda can or the can that beans or corn came in. They aren’t […]


Active Transportation August Update

New on campus The Autonomous Shuttle is here! Beginning fall semester, a 15-passenger autonomous shuttle will be on campus undergoing testing with our partners UDOT and UTA. Be on the lookout for signage and stops along Student Life Way. Buy an E-bike and 2 years of maintenance for your University department to travel around campus […]


Bringing Fresh & Local to U

Have you ever experienced the perfect peach? Firm flesh with an intoxicating perfume almost as exquisite as the flavor? It is something that can’t adequately be described with words. The perfect peach is still warm from the sun because it was picked the same day you bite into it. To experience this peach you need […]


When Green isn’t Green

Kate Whitbeck, communications manager, Sustainability Office Wes Mangum, communications specialist, Facilities Our landscape has slowly been changing around us. Those who have been on campus for more than 10 years remember when much of it was a vast expanse of lush green turf. As awareness of water conservation became more prevalent, the University of Utah […]


Adopting Sustainable Practices in the Workplace

The choices we make in our work environment impact the natural environment. Departments and offices represent a large portion of energy and material use, and waste generation on campus. By making smarter choices, we can integrate sustainability principles into day-to-day activities on campus. Our Green Office program provides tools, support, and guidance to colleges and […]


Humans of the U: Myron Willson

Janelle Hanson, managing editor, University of Utah Communications June 14, 2019 “I’m retiring as the deputy chief sustainability officer after being on campus for 10 years. I’ve seen a lot of change over the past decade. There’s a lot more support for sustainability efforts across campus. In my former career as an architect and planner—plus […]


Campus is abuzz with innovation

Imagine a smoldering late-August day on campus. The pavement radiates heat and you struggle to find a place to take cover from the sun. The walk from the Union to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts seems unbearable and you wonder what will come first: The museum doors or your body in a puddle on […]