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GCSC Seminar: The built environment’s role in health and justice

By Maria Archibald, Sustainability Office   As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disproportionately harm people of color and low-income communities, it becomes increasingly clear that disease does, in fact, discriminate. Dr. Daniel Mendoza, a visiting assistant professor in the University of Utah’s Department of City & Metropolitan Planning; research assistant professor in the Department of […]


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DESRI’s Hunter Solar site in Emery County, Utah.

The U reaches 71% renewable energy

By University of Utah Communications Originally published in @theU University of Utah Facilities Management has taken another important step forward as a leader in energy and sustainability by signing a 25-year solar energy contract with the Castle Solar Project near Huntington, Utah. The contract will deliver 20 MW of solar energy to campus over its […]


Professor Julie Sze of UC-Davis

GCSC Seminar: Reframing the Story of Environmentalism to Highlight Inequality, Justice

By Maria Archibald, Sustainability Office What is the role of the university in addressing the climate crisis? How can academics engage proactively in environmental and social justice work? How can we transform our institutions to meet this political moment with the urgency it demands? In her upcoming Global Change & Sustainability Center talk, “Interdisciplinarity, Intersectionality […]


Growing food and community in a pandemic

By Maria Archibald, Sustainability Office Originally published in @theU Breakfast or textbooks? Dinner or rent? Even before COVID-19, food insecurity was rife on college campuses across America, leaving students with difficult choices to make. As the cost of living rises and college tuition plunges a generation of young people into debt, some students are opting to […]


GCSC SEMINAR: DISASTER RESILIENCE IN AN UNJUST WORLD

By Maria Archibald, Sustainability Office As climate-induced wildfires rage across the West and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten our communities, many of us have disaster on the mind. How will we respond when disaster strikes close to home? How will we recover? How can we build our communities to be resilient in the face […]


An intern with the Sustainability Office's Edible Campus Gardens shows off a carrot harvest.

Sustainability Office hiring student employees

By the Sustainability Office Work on campus to help make the U more sustainable! Help the Sustainability Office in its mission to integrate sustainability—the integrated pursuit of social equity, environmental integrity and economic security—across campus departments and operations. All undergraduate positions are 10 hours per week and pay $10 per hour. Open to U students […]


Students, community members, and faulty enjoying the University of Utah Farmers Market

Sustainability Office Cancels 2020 U Farmers Market

By the Sustainability Office The Sustainability Office has come to the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 U Farmers Market. We felt it wasn’t possible to move forward safely, and the health of our community must be a top priority. We value the community space created by the U Farmers Market, and we hope it […]


Aerial view of University of Utah campus and mountains in the winter.

Sustainability team boosts access to air quality education

By Meghan Burrows and Ayrel Clark-Proffitt, Sustainability Office The Sustainability Office created a suite of initiatives this past year aimed at one of our valley’s most significant problems: air pollution. The Sustainability Education team developed several pathways to enhance interdisciplinary air quality education at the University of Utah. Those pathways include efforts to identify and […]


Sustainability Leaders Recommit to Centering Equity and Justice

Along with many of you, we spent this past week filled with grief. These feelings are tragically familiar, as is their cause. The legacy of racial oppression played out on city streets around the country and right here in Salt Lake City. We all must play a role in demanding justice in our communities and […]