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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 […]


Merging Research and Design

By Ashley Babbitt, public relations specialist, College of Architecture + Planning. Originally posted on July 3, 2017. The University of Utah recently approved the creation of the Center for Ecological Planning and Design. The new center merges the provisional Ecological Planning Center and the Integrated Technology in Architecture Center — both in the College of Architecture + […]


Humans of the U: David Meikle

University Art Director David Meikle created the art for the University of Utah Farmer’s Market in 2016 and 2017. See a sample of his work below and learn more about what inspires him to create.  Originally posted on June 23, 2017. “I always wanted to be an illustrator. I had a professor, McRay Magleby, who […]


Summer Camping

Katie Stevens, Sustainable Utah Blog Writing Intern Summer is finally upon us and I know we’re all itching to pack up our gear and go somewhere new. Camping is an excellent way to enjoy summer weather and get a break from the fast-paced life in the city. Here are three of my favorite camping spots […]


GCSC Grows Through Partnership

Global Change and Sustainability Center expands with new Center for Ecological Planning and Design and University Water Center. The Global Change and Sustainability Center has expanded to include a partnership with two new centers; the University Water Center and the Center for Ecological Planning and Design. These centers bring scholars together around specific research themes […]