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. The Sustainability Council formed, and the university adopted Sustainability Policy 106. Utah State University officially became a Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System Silver rated institution as well as a Bike Friendly University Silver in 2013. USU has set priorities in areas of environmental, equitable, and economic sustainability.
The university has reduced its total water consumption by approximately 40% since 2005, saving both environmental and financial resources. All new buildings are built with energy efficient, LEED Silver standards. Programs such as Utah Conservation Corps involve students in sustainability projects on and off campus. All members of the campus community can ride buses and borrow bicycles for free. If students find the university isn’t reaching its potential, they can fund their own ideas through Blue Goes Green Grants or join organizations to share their ideas.
The Utah State University Sustainability Council was formed and first convened in early 2007, upon the signing of the President's Climate Commitment by USU President Stan Albrecht. It is a campus-wide collaboration driven by faculty, staff, and students. The primary goal, as outlined in the Presidents Climate Commitment, is to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. However, the Council seeks to infuse sustainability throughout curriculum, research, operations, and planning at the university, and it is also a contributing member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
Student Sustainability Office (SSO)
Taggart Student Center, (435) 797-9681
The SSO formed after students voted in the Blue Goes Green Grant fee in 2011. The department is located in the Center for Civic Engagement & Service Learning, which is dedicated to developing the conservation leaders of tomorrow through service and education. CCESL oversees Aggie Blue Bikes, Student Sustainability, Education Outreach, and Utah Conservation Corps.