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Utah State University Sustainability Awards

Utah State University Sustainability Council and Blue Goes Green programs held the first — of what is hoped to become annual —Sustainability Symposium and Awards April 15.

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Blue Goes Green grants USU Permaculture Initiative

Grass has its purpose: it’s great for soccer, Frisbee and picnics. But when it comes to water conservation and sustainability, there might be a better solution, and Utah State University is giving it a try.

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Utah State participates in Earth Hour

Driving past campus on Saturday night, some may have noticed the big “A” on Old Main was turned off. This was for Earth Hour, an event first started in Sydney, Australia, in 2007.

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upcoming events

30 Apr at 8:30 AM

True Blue Reuse Volunteer Collection

8:30 - 10:30am: 6+ volunteers (sort & organize trailer) 2:30 - 5:30pm: 10+ volunteers (pick-up a…

1 May

National Bike Challenge

1 May at 8:30 AM

True Blue Reuse Volunteer Collection

8:30 – 10:30am: 6+ volunteers (sort & organize trailer) 2:30 – 5:30pm: 10+ volunteers (pick-up at…

Aggie Shuttle Buses

Aggie shuttle buses are paid for by student fees and burn natural gas rather than diesel fuel.  Catch the shuttle today!

Rain Bird

It’s USU’s computerized watering system. Rain Bird Maxicom gathers real time weather station data to conserve our water yet keep our campus green.

USU Co-Gen

USU’s Central Energy Plant natural gas cogeneration facility both powers and heats campus!

USU Recycling

USU recycles about 25% of its waste stream each year, including paper, cardboard, plastics 1-7, glass, metal, rigid Styrofoam, batteries, and more. Learn more about USU Recycling Center!

USU Central Heating

USU central heating system burns natural gas and has reduced air pollutants in Cache Valley by over 230 tons annually.

Irrigation at USU

The grounds at USU are watered with canal water rather than treated culinary water. It saves the energy used to purify the water for people.

USU Electricity

USU generates electricity using water and natural gas, thereby reducing the amount of coal produced power needed to power campus.

Save a Watt-Save a Lot!

Did you know that USU has retrofitted 3.5 million square feet of space with new efficient fluorescent lighting, reducing the power bill by 30%!

Local food

Eighteen percent of USU Dining Services food purchases were grown, processed, or both.

Aggie Blue Bikes

Question:What organization has over 280 two-wheelers on campus? Answer: Aggie Blue Bikes provides free, healthy transportation. Check ‘em out & use them

Bottled Water

Aggies . . .The bottled water industry uses 1.5 million tons of plastic every year. If only 15% of U.S. college students used reusable mugs or bottles instead of disposable every day, we’d eliminate over a billion containers each year.