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GCSC Seminar: Connecting the social and scientific study of the Anthropocene

By Maria Archibald, Sustainability Office  A quick google search tells you that “the Anthropocene” refers to the proposed geological epoch in which we are currently living—one that began when human activity started to significantly alter ecological processes, change the climate, and appear in the geological record.   In his upcoming Global Change & Sustainability Center (GCSC) seminar, “Whose Anthropocene? A data-driven look at the prospects for collaboration between […]


U Bike Week Banner. Title: Bike Unity, Sept. 23-30. Image of bike wheel with hands holding each other in shape of heart.

U Bike Week: Let’s build bike unity

By the Sustainability Office Celebrate bike unity during this year’s fourth Annual U Bike Week. Virtual and outdoor events will provide safety education, bike resources and fun as a way to grow the cycling community. “U Bike Week is a student-focused event, ensuring those who ride a bike now or are new to riding have […]


GCSC Seminar: Every Day Racism in Integrated Space

By Maria Archibald, Sustainability Office Dr. Stacy Harwood came to racial justice work in 2006, when a fraternity and sorority at the University of Illinois—where she worked at the time—hosted a racially themed party called “Tacos and Tequila.” Harwood joined other faculty and students to protest this party as well as a broader tradition of […]


Global Change & Sustainability Center Seminars: Fall Preview

By Maria Archibald, Sustainability Office The Global Change & Sustainability Center (GCSC) Seminar Series returns on Tuesday, Aug. 31. The series features a different speaker on alternate Tuesdays of the fall semester. All seminars are free and will take place on Zoom. Dr. Brenda Bowen, director of the GCSC and associate professor of Geology & […]


APPLY FOR THE CLIMATE JUSTICE UC3 FELLOWSHIP

The University of Utah Climate Commitment Task Force  is seeking a small team of graduate students with experience in environmental and climate justice to serve through the coming year as UC3 Fellows. UC3, the University Climate Change Coalition, is a core program of Second Nature that connects 23 of the world’s leading research universities committed to accelerating […]


Dr. Jennifer Watt, wearing a pink puffy jacket, conducts research outdoors. She is labeling samples with a sharpie.

Dr. Jennifer Watt to lead Sustainability Education at the U

By Ayrel Clark-Proffitt, Sustainability Office Dr. Jennifer Watt, the new director of sustainability education, is ready to grow student opportunities and build on education efforts that highlight the relationships between social and environmental issues. Watt, the associate director of the U’s Environmental & Sustainability Studies program, was selected through an internal search open to all […]


Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund: Year in Review (2020-21)

By Emerson Andrews, Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund manager Despite the global pandemic, the Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund (SCIF) funded 14 projects during the 2020-21 academic year. The grants totaled $132,527, the most funding provided in one year in the grant program’s 12-year history. The projects covered a wide range of issues, from re-usable menstrual cup […]


SCIF Bylaws Receive Overdue Update

By Zahra Saifee, Sustainability Office For the past year, the Sustainability Office has committed to incorporating equity and wellness into its programs and policies. As part of that effort, staff and students completed a major overhaul of the Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund (SCIF) bylaws to incorporate a more inclusive vision of sustainability. When SCIF was […]


Dancers perform on stage in Falling Limb, a performance piece by the Phantom Limb Company about the earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear meltdown that ravaged the region of Fukushima, Japan in 2011.

GCSC Seminar: Awakening an Audience with Environmental Theater

By Maria Archibald, Sustainability Office Thinking about climate change can be so overwhelming that we might, at times, wish to look away. Some aren’t willing to look at all. Phantom Limb Company invites us to consider our relationship to the natural world through a different lens—one that is mesmerizing, emotional, and beautiful. On Tuesday, April […]


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A New and Improved Undergraduate Sustainability Certificate: Everything Students and Faculty Need to Know

By Maria Archibald, Sustainability Office In its very definition of sustainability as “the integrated pursuit of social equity, environmental integrity, and economic security,” the University of Utah acknowledges that we must weave sustainability into every fiber of our economic and social systems. Next school year, the U will launch a revised Sustainability Certificate that seamlessly […]