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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 […]

Roll out to U Bike Week

New and seasoned bikers unite! Join the festivities at the inaugural U Bike Week to celebrate biking on campus. U Bike Week, September 11-15, will feature a variety of fun events to acquaint students, faculty, and staff with all things bicycle. The events will build a network of riders interested in making campus more bike-friendly, […]

Building Resilience

Bark beetles are some of the most destructive insects in North American forests. These native insects bore into the bark of conifer trees and lay their eggs. As the eggs hatch, the larvae eat the inner bark of the trees which leaves the tree vulnerable to infection, or can fatally damage the tree. The beetle […]

Sprouting Upward

By Ayrel Clark-Proffitt, Farmers Market co-manager. Originally posted on August 14, 2017. In 2008, the Sustainability Office and several campus partners came to a conclusion: The university needed better access to healthy and local food options. To meet this need, the partners launched the University of Utah Farmers Market. Organizers sent invitations to students, administrators […]

From the Archives: Ehleringer establishes lasting legacy of sustainability research at the U

Originally posted in August 2015. By Ayrel Clark-Proffitt, Sustainability Office. Nearly four decades ago, Jim Ehleringer started his career as a biology professor at the University of Utah. Utah wasn’t in his original plans. Teaching wasn’t in his original plans. He’d hoped to follow in his father’s footsteps as a naval officer, but Ehleringer discovered […]

Dear Edible Campus Gardens

It is always a little bittersweet when our wonderful student staff and volunteers graduate. This summer we are saying goodbye to longtime garden steward Georgie, who reflects on her six years in the Edible Campus Gardens below. Thank you, Georgie! We will miss you.  Dear Edible Campus Gardens, People say I have done so much […]

Spurring the Market for Good

By Liz Ivkovich, Sustainability Office. Originally posted on July 17, 2017. If you ask around about sustainability at the University of Utah, it won’t be long before you run into Kevin Emerson. Emerson graduated from the Environmental and Sustainability Studies program in 2002 and is currently the energy efficiency director for Utah Clean Energy, a […]