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USU Dining Services recognized for waste reduction efforts

Utah State University Dining Services won an award from the Utah Recycling Alliance this month, recognized for its everyday efforts at achieving zero waste, but the award is only the beginning in thinking about how they can eliminate concerns about how much waste cycles through Dining Services daily.

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USU Wins National Bike Challenge University Division

Utah State University won first place in the college/university division of the National Bike Challenge, logging more miles from more cyclists than any other school. The 220 USU students and employees registered for the competition rode 76,157 miles.

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Why Shut Down Aggie Bull-evard?

What would you do if Aggie Bull-evard was car-free for three hours? Utah State University’s Aggie Blue Bikes and Sustainability Council have teamed up to answer that question.

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upcoming events

9 Dec at 3:00 PM

Sustainability Council Meeting

The USU Sustainability Council meets once a month to discuss sustainability issues and events at th…

USU Recycling

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

Local food

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

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%!

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.

USU Central Heating

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

Bottled Water

The bottled water industry uses 1.5 million tons of plastic every year. If 15% of US college students reused bottles or mugs, we’d eliminate over a billion containers each year.

USU Co-Gen

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

Aggie Blue Bikes

Question: What organization has over 300 two-wheelers on campus? Answer: Aggie Blue Bikes lends out bicycles. Use them.

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.