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Competitive recycling

RecycleMania, a competition to raise awareness about recycling, reusing and conservation, is held every year on campuses across the United States and Canada.

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Recycling Poster Scavenger Hunt

Take a selfie with our posters and post it to our Facebook page to be entered to win! for information on prizes and details visit

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USU joins ride-share website Zimride

To cut back on carbon emissions, Utah State University has joined a ride-sharing program open to faculty, staff and students — something many higher education institutions have already done.

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upcoming events

1 Feb


Compete to reduce waste and increase recycling.

1 Mar at 6:00 PM

George Handley Fireside

USU LDS Institute Fireside chat with BYU professor George Handley discussing the LDS commitment to…

2 Mar at 10:00 AM

Little Naturalists: Story Time at Swaner

Little Naturalist is the perfect program for 3 to 5 year olds who are curious about animals, their…

USU Central Heating

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

USU Co-Gen

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

Local food

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

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.

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 Electricity

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

Aggie Shuttle Buses

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

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.

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%!

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

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.