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Other Areas of Focus

Utah State University is committed to creating a sustainable atmosphere for all students, faculty, staff, and community members. Although the following groups are not currently active on campus, they remain an important aspect of sustainability.

Food Work Group

Mission: Promote a local, seasonal, healthy, and organic closed loop food system for the USU community.

USU uses trayless dining, which reduces waste, and catering uses compostable plates. The Sustainability Council food work group 
is currently working on options for local food sourcing and pilot composting projects. Learn about sustainability in Dining Services.

This group is inactive.

Research Work Group

The USU Research Sustainability Committee is charged with developing an action plan to harness the research capabilities of USU to provide research needed to enable Utah and the Intermountain West to move toward climate neutrality and sustainability. To address this responsibility, the Research Sustainability Committee seeks to identify, promote, and recognize climate neutrality- and sustainability-related research activities and opportunities at Utah State University. This information will allow the committee to determine USU’s unique research contributions toward climate neutrality and sustainability, and develop policy recommendations to enhance USU leadership in this area.

More information is available in USU's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System report.

Water Work Group

More than half of the earth's renewable water resources are already being used by humans. In the US, half of our population depends 
on rivers and lakes for drinking water. Limited water availability might ultimately put a cap on the earth's carrying capacity for humans.

Sustainable water use has the following characteristics:

  • Conserving water resources.
  • Implementing non-polluting practices to protect water resources.

Wellness Work Group

For an institution like Utah State University to sustain itself, it must be concerned with the health and wellness of it's students, faculty and staff. The USU Wellness program was established in 2007, and contributes to reducing USU's carbon footprint through outreach efforts promoting local organic food and water, less meat consumption, and walking and biking to enhance health and reduce harmful emissions. 

What Is Wellness?

Wellness is a positive approach to living - an approach that emphasizes the whole person. It is a dynamic state of health in which an 
individual moves towards a higher level of functioning by balancing internal and external environments. Wellness encompasses the belief that everything you do, think, feel and believe has an impact on your state of health, and the health of your environment.

Diversity

In order to build a sustainable society, diverse groups will need to be able to come together and work collaboratively to address sustainability challenges. People of color and low-income communities tend to suffer disproportionate exposure to environmental problems. This environmental injustice happens as a result of unequal and segregated communities.To achieve environmental and social justice, society must work to address discrimination and promote equality. The historical legacy and persistence of discrimination based on racial, gender, religious, and other differences makes a proactive approach to promoting a culture of inclusiveness an important component of creating an equitable society. Higher education opens doors to opportunities that can help create a more equitable world. In addition, a diverse student body, faculty, and staff provide rich resources for learning and collaboration.

USU Inclusion Center

The mission of the Access and Diversity Center is to promote access and full involvement in all aspects of student life at Utah State University. This center serves as a catalyst for the creation of a campus and community environment where all people are free to affirm and celebrate their differences, including but not limited to differences of race, sex, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, age, ability and parental or veteran status.

Facilities

The natural resources that are available to the University are extremely important.  The stewardship entrusted to the campus by the State obligates the University to operate and maintain our systems in the most effective manner possible.The work to protect and conserve our natural resources is never ending. New technology enables innovation and different processes.  The campus needs to stay alert to these opportunities and invest in them. The Facilities organization remains committed to this vigilance and will work consistently to achieve results.   

USU's Sustainable Buildings

USU Facilities

Facilities serves Utah State University by providing an environment for education, innovative learning, and its application in the worldwide community.