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In 2007, President Albrecht signed the America College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and set USU’s goal for climate neutrality for 2050. Additionally, the commitment supports USU providing, "the knowledge and the educated graduates to achieve climate neutrality." USU is a member of the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and has achieved Silver ratings in both the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) and League of American Bicyclists Bike Friendly University Program. Several programs are available to employees, so take advantage, and get involved.

Transportation (Relevant Policy 514.7)

Energy (Relevant Policy 525)

  • Turn off appliances and electronics when not in use during the day, at night, or over vacations
  • Save energy with ENERGY STAR or EPEAT computers, appliances & lab equipment.
  • Let Facilities HVAC help with indoor temperature problems.
  • Lower fume hood sashes in laboratories when possible.
  • Discontinue the use of personal refrigerators in offices. Use a break room.

Resource Use

  • Recycle paper, cardboard, metal, plastic, rigid Styrofoam, glass, and batteries.
  • Try recycled-content paper to save energy, water & waste.
  • Print double-sided.
  • Purchase used items from USU Surplus.


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USU Sustainability Policy 106:

Utah State University (USU) is one of the nation’s premier, student-centered, land-grant, and space-grant universities. The University is committed to enhancing the quality of life for individuals and communities by promoting sustainability in its operations and academic and service missions.

USU will develop appropriate systems for managing environmental, social, and economic sustainability programs with specific goals and objectives. This policy supports the goal of the USU statewide system to prepare students, faculty, and staff to proactively contribute to a high quality of life for present and future generations. Sustainability Policy 106