Sustainability at Utah State
Utah State University formally committed to sustainability in 1991 when President Cazier signed the Talloires Declaration. This early commitment set the stage for President Albrecht to sign the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in 2007, committing the university to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Now in 2020, President Cockett has committed to reducing greenhouse gas with the recommendations from a greenhouse gas reduction steering committee. Below is a timeline of Utah State sustainability milestones:2007: The Sustainability Council formed, and USU adopted Sustainability Policy 106.
2011: Students voted to fund the Student Sustainability Office and Grants.
2013: USU rated silver in Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System Silver and as a Bike Friendly University.
2019: Faculty Senate and USUSA passed resolutions to accelerate reductions.
2020: The Greenhouse Gas Reduction committee, appointed by President Cockett, released a GHG reduction report and gave recommendations later approved
What is the Sustainability Council?
The Sustainability Council is a group of faculty, staff, and students who are dedicated to helping Utah State University attain carbon neutrality by 2050 and infuse sustainability in the curriculum. Relying on on work groups in Energy, Transportation, Communication, and Academics, the Council work to integrate sustainability throughout the university.
What is the Student Sustainability Office?
Found in the Taggart Student Center, the Student Sustainability Office is a hub for student ideas. Students focus their time on building a culture of sustainability through reducing food waste, promoting sustainable consumerism, organizing educational events, and helping students write Sustainability Grants.
What is the Student Sustainability Corps?
Representatives of organizations, clubs, and departments on campus form the Student Sustainability Corps. This student leadership group meets regularly to coordinate education, student engagement, and new ways to inspire Aggies to live sustainably, get them involved in events, and help USU reach carbon neutrality.
Our Big Goals
After signing the President's Climate Commitment in 2007, USU has taken major steps in efficiency. The university is currently seeking to achieve carbon neutrality through reducing waste, engaging the campus community, and transitioning to low and no carbon energy.
Furthermore, USU Sustainability strives to promote sustainable practices across campus through student events, fighting food waste, and sustainability curriculum. The university put out a Sustainability Plan in 2013 to help measure how USU is doing. Now in 2020, President Cockett has made a comittment to reduce university carbon emissions following recommendations from USU faculty. With our goal to become carbon neutral by 2050, we have a lot of work to do!
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