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New Directions for Environmental Justice

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By Nicholas Apodaca, graduate assistant, Sustainability Office Many of us who care about climate change and environmental justice take action in our daily lives to do our part: we recycle, use sustainable products, use public transportation or eat locally grown food. Yet often environmental problems play out at a larger scale, and while our personal […]

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INVESTING IN A CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE

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Originally post on @theU on April 1, 2019. By Emerson Andrews, Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund program manager Did you know that every semester U students are investing in a clean energy future? In the past 15 years, students have come together on two occasions to pass self-imposed fees to create a fund for renewable energy […]

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HUMANS OF THE U: NAIMA DAHIR

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Originally post on @theU on March 9, 2019. “I grew up in a family that never discussed environmental issues or sustainability. That was not something known to us. My parents have been through a lot—war and things like that—so sustainability and environmental justice hasn’t been a focus. We weren’t privileged enough to know about those […]

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RECYCLE RIGHT

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Originally posted on @theU on March 25, 2019. By Ayrel Clark-Proffitt, Sustainability Office “You think you know…but you have no idea.” Sure, this is the lead-in for a celebrity exposé series on MTV, but in reality, it’s probably the best line to describe the state of recycling. Recycling isn’t a particularly new concept, even in […]

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REAL FOOD, REAL PROGRESS

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Orginially posted on @theU on March 8, 2019. By Jess Kemper, sustainable food systems manager, Office of Sustainability Did you know that making good choices about the food we eat not only improves our health, but can support better labor conditions, improve the environment and keep profits in our local economy? Unfortunately, making poor choices […]

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HEALTHIER CAMPUS INITIATIVE

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Originally posted on @theU on March 8, 2019. By Shawn Wood, communications specialist, University of Utah Communications The University of Utah has adopted guidelines to promote better health on campus through nutrition, physical activity and programming over the next three years through the Healthier Campus Initiative sponsored by the Partnership for a Healthier America. President […]

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HUMANS OF THE U: DEBOLINA BANERJEE

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Originally posted on @theU on March 1, 2019. “Having lived in India, Hong Kong and now Utah, public transportation has always been a huge part of my life. I’ve seen the difference infrastructure makes from country to country and the impacts it has on people’s travel behaviors. Coming from a highly dense megalopolis where the […]

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HUMANS OF THE U: LISA MCMURTREY

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Originally posted on @theU on Feb. 22, 2019. “I started taking public transit around the time of the Olympics—so since 2002. It’s a 60-minute commute and then I have a five-minute walk to the Burn Center at University of Utah Hospital. I care about the environment. I want to be a better steward of what […]

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THE U’S IMPACT ON AIR QUALITY

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Orginally posted on @theU on February 19, 2019. By Myron Willson, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer The inversion season is upon us. This can be a time to point fingers at other polluters, but it should also be a time to recognize our own contributions to the murky haze and examine what steps we are taking […]

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Sustainability Leadership Awards Honor Campus Leaders

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University honors seven campus leaders with Sustainability Leadership Awards at the Environment and Sustainability Research Symposium. [ngg src=”galleries” ids=”6″ display=”basic_slideshow” gallery_width=”1000″ gallery_height=”800″]Each year, the Global Change & Sustainability Center’s Environment and Sustainability Research Symposium provides an opportunity for students to share their interdisciplinary research with the U community. On February 13, the Union ballroom was […]

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