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Crunching Numbers

  By Bianca Greeff, Graduate Assistant. Steven Burian is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Utah. He is also the Project Director of the USAID funded U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water at the University of Utah. His research is focused on the planning and […]


Taking the Lead

Originally posted on May 15, 2017. By the Sustainability Office. Ginger Cannon is no stranger to working in complex systems like the University of Utah. An experienced city planner, Cannon is the University of Utah’s first active transportation manager. Brought here through a unique partnership between Facilities Management, Administrative Services, Health Sciences, Student Affairs, Research […]


Move with us

After five years of blogging on WordPress, Sustainable Utah has migrated to our main website. We will be publishing the same great mix of sustainable news, stories, and resources at our new site. We will also be sending out Sustainable U, a regular e-mail newsletter featuring our stories alongside relevant content from across the University of Utah. Move with us! Sign up […]


Making Real Progress

Originally posted on April 24, 2017. By Katie Stevens, Sustainable Utah Blog Writing Intern In February 2015, President David W. Pershing committed the University of Utah to the Real Food Challenge — a goal to have 20 percent of the university’s food categorized as “real” by 2020. “Real food” is a newer term used to […]


Animating Sustainability

Bianca Greeff, Graduate Assistant Lien Fan Shen is an Associate Professor in the Film & Media Arts Department at the University of Utah. She has published five manga (Japanese-styled graphic novels) in Taiwan, was awarded The Best Romantic Comic in Taiwan, and has won several international awards for her animation. Shen participated in the Wasatch Experience in […]


SUSTAINABLE LEADERSHIP

Originally posted on April 11 2017. The Sustainability Office and Alta Ski Area recently awarded eight Alta Sustainability Leadership Awards to members of the University of Utah campus community for their sustainability leadership, and recognized Onno Wieringa, Alta’s general manager and president, for his lifetime work advancing sustainability. “Alta Ski area realizes we must encourage our future leaders because […]


INVESTIGATING CONTAMINATION

Bianca Greeff, Graduate Assistant The Marcellus shale in northeastern Pennsylvania is estimated to hold up to 500 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, possibly making it the second largest natural gas field in the world. The deep sedimentary rock of the Marcellus requires hydraulic fracturing to access the natural gas trapped between rock layers. By John G. […]


Earth Week April 10-14, 2017

Earth Week 2017

When we imagine the place where we live, we often think of our city, our state, or even our country. But Earth is also our home. We need the planet for more than it needs us. Activist and scientist Vandana Shiva reminds us, “You are not Atlas carrying the world on your shoulder. It is good […]


IN DEFENSE OF DARK SKIES

By: Colter Dye, Sustainability Ambassador. Bridging the borders of three great North American ecosystems: the Great Basin, the Colorado Plateau, and the Rocky Mountains, Salt Lake City is a popular destination for wildlife enthusiasts, outdoor adventurers, and those seeking to connect to the natural world. While snow-capped mountain peaks, vast red deserts, and tree-filled canyons […]


NAVIGATING UNCHARTED WATERS: HOW THE HUMANITIES CAN GUIDE THE WAY

Bianca Greeff, Graduate Assistant A man lies on a dismasted, rudderless fishing boat. He appears unimpressed by the sharks loitering off the port, and oblivious to the ship faintly on the horizon. This painting, “The Gulf Stream” by Winslow Homer, has been interpreted several times since its creation in 1899. Now, in our current climate chaos, Homer’s […]