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Sustainability Map

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1. Old Main

Preservation efforts and retro-commissioning (maximizing efficiency of building systems) keep old buildings functioning, reducing the need for new ones and preserving USU’s legacy.

2. The Arboretum

USU has an arboretum spanning over 100 years of history, including 5000 trees of 220 species. It helps offset USU’s carbon footprint while providing shade and habitat. http://earth.gis.usu.edu/trees

3. Living Learning Community

USU provides high quality housing on the central campus with low carbon, affordable transportation options: walking, cycling, and bus.

4. USU Dining Services

Healthy eating is good for you and the planet. Look for Be Well food at a discount in The Hub. Try legumes, fresh produce, and whole grains.

5. The Bookstore

Check out the green supplies section in the student bookstore, or consider trying e-textbooks.

6. Access & Diversity Center

The access center promotes opportunity and equity for minority groups, including multi-cultural, re-entry, veteran, and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Alliance (GLBTA).

7. Aggie Shuttle

Hop on the bus for clean natural gas transit on campus, and it’s free! www.parking.usu.edu

8. Fitness Options

The Fieldhouse and HPER offer extensive facilities promoting fitness, healthy living, and sustainability. Employees have their own gym in HPER 109,

9. Aggie Blue Bikes

Two wheeling is the most energy efficient form of travel, making free loaner bikes, bike courses, and workshops the best deal on campus. First come, first served. www.usu.edu/abb

10. Early Childhood Natural Playground

This nature-inspired playground features space for open-ended play and waterwise native plants. Look up to see a green roof, sun shelves, and shades.

11. Little Blue Goes Greenhouse

Edith Bowen School students learn about food, health, and sustainability through gardening in this Blue Goes Green fee funded project.

12. Legacy Fields

This synthetic turf field allows multi-season use and reduced maintenance. A thermal energy storage tank below the field cools the university and saves energy.

13. Central Energy Plant

USU’s natural gas plant replaced a coal-fired plant, reducing greenhouse gases by 230 tons annually. It produces steam to heat campus and electricity through cogeneration.

14. Outdoor Recreation Program (ORP)

Enjoy Cache Valley with ORP’s programs, activities, and equipment rentals for students, employees, and the community. www.usu.edu/orp

15. Nutrition & Food Science

Try some Aggie Ice Cream, Be Well sandwiches, and Aggie Foods from USU's dairy!

16. Be Well Walking Routes

Aggie Walking Club encourages sustainable living by meeting weekly to connect with others and nature while getting fit. www.usu.edu/wellness

17. Elements in Motion

Lyman Whitaker’s “Elements in Motion” is a kinetic sculpture connected to The Crossroads Project, which promotes environmental understanding through science and art. www.thecrossroadsproject.org

18. Regional Campus Distance Education

RCDE houses classrooms and broadcasts interactive video to students, reducing transportation needs. It is LEED* Silver and features waterwise plants

19. Merrill-Cazier Library

The library’s efficiency measures include daylighting sensors, underfloor low velocity heating and cooling, and high density book storage area with robot retrieval, reducing space needs. Check out the Be Well Library.

20.Native Plant Interpretive Gardens

Students designed and installed these gardens with water saving techniques and drought- tolerant native plants. Check out the interpretive signs.

21. College of Agriculture

This LEED* Gold building is designed for energy efficiency. Solar panels on the south side shade windows and generate energy. Operable windows provide comfort and daylight.

Other Important Sites

USU Recycling Center

The Recycling Center has been active since 1990. USU recycles over 600 tons of material, approximately 25% of the waste stream. usu.edu/recycle

USU Student Organic Farm

The farm produces and promotes sustainable food. Buy a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) produce share; visit its weekly booth on campus, or volunteer. www.usu.edu/organicfarms

Energy Dynamics Lab

The EDL researches renewable energy solutions and has collaborated with Logan City to develop a pilot wastewater treatment plant to convert algae to biofuel.

First Dam Hydro Plant

Built at the base of Logan Canyon (1911-1914), first dam now houses a 350 kW hydro-electric generator, providing renewable energy to USU.

LEED Platinum Buildings

USU has two LEED* Platinum Buildings, one at the Utah Botanical Center in Kaysville, and one at the Swaner EcoCenter in Park City.

*LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, an international certification system for green buildings.