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SAVING BIRDS

Funded by SCIF The Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund, created through an ASUU initiative in 2008, collects about $180,000 yearly from a $2.50 per student fee. Since 2009, it has awarded more than $900,000 to projects aimed at enhancing sustainability on the U campus. The fund receives about 30 to 45 proposals each year and approves […]


U PEDALS TO GOLD

The university created this GIS tool to track improvements to our bicycle infrastructure. Follow @commUTEr_servs and @GingerCannonU on Twitter for updates on campus mobility. What’s the best bike route to campus? Where can I park my bike on campus? Who can repair my bike on campus? Orginally posted on @theU on November 19, 2018. By […]


Longing for A New Direction

The universe is mysterious, beautiful, and unknown. The world around us and the space beyond is a cosmic soup of particles, atoms and energy, yet mixed together these things make up our bodies, our friends and family, the trees and water, the sky and the earth. While science seeks to unravel these mysteries of the […]


Modeling Evapotranspiration and the Limits of Plant Life: Gaby Katul for the GCSC Seminar Series

By Nicholas Apodaca, Graduate Assistant Plants play an essential role in the cycling of water and carbon dioxide through the soil and atmosphere. Across eons, they have evolved to optimize processes that maximize their resource uptake and energy usage. Determining the basic mechanisms of this process is complex, as plants are susceptible to subtle changes […]


‘TAKE RISKS, MAKE MISTAKES’

Originally posted on @theU on October 22, 2018. By Paul Gabrielsen, science writer, University of Utah Communications William Anderegg, an assistant professor of biology, has received one of 18 Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation for his research on the effects of climate change and drought on forests. […]


WHAT YOU CAN’T SEE CAN HURT YOU

    Originally published on @theU on October 15, 2018.   By Vince Horiuchi, public relations associate, College of Engineering   What if you could see nasty microscopic air pollutants in your home? Engineers from the University of Utah’s School of Computing conducted a study to determine if homeowners change the way they live if they […]


Green to Red Tailgate Challenge

By Abby Ghent Ah, football. The smell of barbecued foods, the sound of cheering fans, and the excitement of watching your home team playing their hearts out. The only thing missing is a little bit of sustainability thrown in. But you can change that: Join in the 1st Annual Green to Red Tailgate Challenge! At […]


Research to reality: Connecting scientists to policymakers

By: Nicholas Apodaca, Graduate Assistant, Sustainability Office. The effects of climate change are already impacting individuals in the West. Drier seasons and regular droughts are affecting Utahns from farmers to snowboarders as changing precipitation patterns mean less rain and snow. Seth Arens, a research scientist with Western Water Assessment and an expert in Utah’s climate […]


Clear The Air

Originally posted on @theU on October 1, 2018. By Vince Horiuchi, public relations associate, College of Engineering Air conditioning and heating systems are not only great for keeping a home cool or warm, but they also help clean the air of harmful pollutants. While home thermostats control HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems based […]


HUMANS OF THE U: KEITH DIAZ MOORE

Originally posted on @theU on September 25, 2018. “When people think of health and well-being, they may think of medicine, pharmacy, nursing—I think of architecture and design. What drove my architectural career was visiting my grandmother with Alzheimer’s disease in a lockdown wing of a nursing home. Architects, designers and planners have a social responsibility […]