USU Gleaning Team prevents food waste, insecurity
It’s about halfway through harvest season in Cache County, and the Utah State University Gleaning Team is back in its second year to bridge the gap between local gardeners and food pantries’ shortages.
LED-ing the Way
Utah State University is advancing toward carbon neutrality this summer, one bulb at a time. Throughout July, USU Facilities is reporting progress of 75,000 replacements into a 142,000 lamp conversion of campus to light-emitting diodes, more commonly know...
Earth Day 2020
Utah State University Student Sustainability Office and Sustainability Council are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and honoring the campus community’s sustainability award winners virtually from April 15 to 22. This year’s online events incl...
President Cockett Commits to Reducing USU's Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Utah State University President Noelle Cockett has committed to the implementation of new greenhouse gas reduction recommendations that will lead to greater sustainability, cost savings, and improvements to USU facilities, activities, and culture.
Keep Logan Clear's Instagram Challenge Starts Feb. 17
Utah State University’s Keep Logan Clear campaign, which began in January, continues with an Instagram challenge running Feb. 17 -28. Each activity in the challenge is designed to bring awareness of transportation options around Cache Valley, show USU how...
USU Presentation Highlights Reasons For Reducing Emissions
Utah State University President Noelle Cockett is reviewing the most recent plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the university’s campuses across the state. Last week a meeting was hosted to inform students and faculty about the efforts.
Utah Clean Air Poster Contest Winners to be Announced at Community Art Day
Winners of the 2020 Utah High School Clean Air Poster Contest will be announced at Utah State University’s Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art (NEHMA) Saturday, Feb. 8, at 10:30 a.m.
USU professors speak on urgency to address climate change
On Thursday, Jan. 30, Rob Davies and Patrick Belmont spoke to students and faculty in the Life Sciences building about the urgency of climate change and explained what Utah State University is doing to reduce its impact.
USU Seeks Feedback on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Draft Plan
Utah State University’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Steering Committee is seeking feedback on a draft report released today that outlines steps USU should take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and work toward achieving carbon neutrality.
Cranksgiving: Aggie Blue Bikes' Charitable Thanksgiving Tradition
On the chilly Saturday before Thanksgiving, bikers gather at Aggie Blue Bikes on the Utah State University campus to compete in Cranksgiving. Cranksgiving is a Thanksgiving tradition that began in 1999 on the streets of New York City. In its twenty year
Engineers Reduce Energy Use for the Win at USU
Utah State University saves energy as the Engineering Building wins Energy Wars. Throughout October and November, faculty and students took small steps to reduce energy such as taking the stairs, turning off lights and unplugging unused electronics. At th...
Aggie Sustainability Club Hosts on-Campus Pop-Ups
Throughout the month of November, Utah State University’s Aggie Sustainability Club is hosting pop-up shops for True Blue Reuse, their on-campus thrift store.
Planet, Profit & People Provoke Conversations in USU's Green Office Program
Utah State University’s Aggie Recreation Center recently moved to hand dryers only in four of the most used bathrooms. The change, which eliminated paper towel waste, will save over $10,000 annually. With these savings, the ARC plans to transition all res...
USU student lobbies for environmental position on student executive council
Following recent measures taken this year by Utah State University to decrease the university’s carbon footprint, USU students are lobbying to implement a new position on the Utah State University Student Association (USUSA) executive council.
Unless ride share coordinators can raise $2,500, USU will lose its Zimride access
Students at Utah State University may soon have one less option for transportation. On Dec. 15, USU will lose its subscription to Zimride, a student ridesharing program, unless the program coordinators at USU successfully raise the remaining $2,500 requir...
New composting service among presenters at recent Food Summit at USU
It has been nearly eight months since Anthony Whaley started a curbside-compost collection service in Cache Valley. “We are excited about the feedback we are getting from the community as well as our subscribers,” Whaley said.
Alley cat race kicks off Logan's Pride Festival
To get underway for Logan’s Pride Festival this weekend, a few dozen people gathered at Aggie Blue Bikes on Friday evening, donning rainbow shirts and colorful tights, ready to compete in a cycling scavenger hunt.
Improvements Welcome Back Students on Aggie Bull-evard
Utah State University has finished phase one of road improvements on 700 North, or Aggie Bull-evard, on the main Logan campus. The improvements begin at 800 East and go to 950 East.
USU organizes project to glean unpicked fruit in Cache Valley
A group of volunteers from Utah State University is asking Cache Valley residents who own fruit trees or have a vegetable garden to allow a group of volunteers to pick their excess fruit or vegetables. “The thing that we are looking most for in the commu...
Dynamic Lab Ventilation Pilot Funded at Utah State
Pilot projects that laboratories throughout Utah and across the country could adopt—it is just another day at Utah State University. The USU Student Association Executive Council and Faculty Senate passed resolutions in 2018-19 asking the university to re...
Sustainability conference at USU provides faculty with resources to teach climate change
For the last four years, USU has hosted the Planetary Thinking conference in May, which invites teachers and students from every discipline to learn about the resources they need to teach sustainability.
Sustainability Awards Recognize Extraordinary Efforts Over 2018-19
The third Impact Art Show opened with the fifth annual Sustainability Awards on April 15, 2019. Utah State University Sustainability Council, Student Sustainability Office and Caine College of the Arts recognized student artists who addressed the extraord...
Utah State University Carbon Neutral By 2032: A Faculty And Student-Led Effort
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, greenhouse gas emissions are the most significant driver of global climate change. Utah State University is making changes to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and become carbon neutral within the next...
Nourishing Nordics: USU student shares research on sustainable foodways in Scandinavia
Shandrea Hickok traveled to Scandinavia last summer to research sustainability practices in the Nordic heritage. This year she brought the culture, food and organic practices back to Utah State University for Earth week.
Demonstration at USU furthers consideration of electric buses on campus
Currently there are 11 campus buses at Utah State University running on natural gas. With a lifespan of six and a half years, discussion has started around other options to replace outgoing shuttles.
Representatives from different faiths in the valley discuss air quality
Representatives from the Buddhist, Presbyterian, Hindu and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints faith traditions came together Thursday evening to discuss the intersection of faith and air quality in Cache Valley.
Greenhouse Gas Reduction Committee Looks to Reduce USU Carbon Footprint
Utah State University President Noelle Cockett has formed a campus Greenhouse Gas Reduction Steering Committee charged to develop specific options for USU to deliver on a commitment to reduce its carbon footprint.
USUSA Executive Council considers bill declaring Climate State of Emergency
Almost three years after a mental health crisis was declared on campus, the Utah State University Student Association executive council is discussing a new problem: climate change.
USU Faculty Senate OKs proposal to reduce emissions
The Utah State University Faculty Senate unanimously approved a recommendation to reduce greenhouse gases Monday, sending the proposal to administrators for further deliberation.
Utah State University Electric Vehicle & Roadway Research and Test Track Facility to get largest solar array on campus
The Electric Vehicle & Roadway Research and Test Track Facility at Utah State University is installing the largest solar array on campus, and researchers said the new array will help power their vision of their future.
Reducing waste and fighting hunger at USU with The Campus Kitchens Project
The Campus Kitchen at Utah State University is working to put the food on campus to better use.The Campus Kitchens Project is a nonprofit program designed to help reduce food waste and increase food security in communities across the nation. The Logan cha...
USU Grad Students Gain Cross-Disciplinary Skills to Tackle Climate Change
How do you tackle a wicked problem like climate change? This hot-button issue involves a complex web of tenacious public opinion, volatile political environments, variable economics, etc.
USU Faculty Could Craft Greenhouse Gas Emissions Resolution
Eleven years after then-Utah State University President Stan Albrecht signed a document with his counterparts worldwide committing to become a carbon neutral university, some members of the USU faculty want to expand on that charge.
USU Examines Religion, Environment with 'God and Smog' Symposium
At the start of the first-ever "God and Smog Symposium" at Utah State University on Wednesday, the school's director of religious studies, Ravi Gupta, asked participants to look out out the window of Huntsman Hall.
Cache Valley Residents Advocate for Climate Change Action at Local Event
Guests overflowed onto the floor of the Tippets Gallery at Utah State University's Caine College of the Arts Monday night for the Climate Change Town Hall, the inaugural event of Utah Climate Week 2018. A night of appeals and stories from students, facult...
Global Picnic Joins Forces with Blue Goes Green Farmers Market
Utah State University Student Association's Diversity Week Global Picnic event joined forces with Utah State University's Blue Goes Green Farmers Market for a collaborative event Oct. 3.
Aggie Blue Bikes Providing Free Services to Community
Aggie Blue Bikes at Utah State University is now offering its repair services for free on certain days to the public.
USU Certifies Two LEED® Buildings
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has certified both Utah State University's Maverik Stadium and Kaysville Education Center Expansion LEED Silver. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system is the foremost program for the des...
Newly-installed Solar Array and New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at the EVR
The College of Engineering at Utah State University invites students, faculty, staff and members of the community to a special ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, May 14 at the USU Electric Vehicle & Roadway (EVR) Research Facility & Test Track.
Utah State University Receives Funding to Expand Campus-wide Composting
Utah State University is one of 19 universities being awarded the 2017-2018 PepsiCo Recycling Zero Impact Fund. The fund recognizes projects with green initiatives.
Utah State University Celebrates National Bike Month
Utah State University Aggie Blue Bikes and sustainability programs are celebrating National Bike Month in collaboration with Trails Cache, Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee and Bear River Health, along with local businesses and bicycle advocates. Orga...
Riders Brave Rain for Bicycle Scavenger Hunt
Roughly a dozen bicyclists rode through the wet streets of Logan on Saturday for a "scavenger hunt race on wheels."
USU Implements Composting Program for Faculty
Utah State University will implement its first ever post-consumer compost collection bin for the use of faculty starting April 25. The bin will be placed on campus in the courtyard of the Biology Natural Resources building and be collected once a week by ...
Too Tired to Walk? Try Two Tires Instead
Distributed throughout Utah State University's Logan campus, clinging to bicycle racks and racing between buildings, students may soon notice 150 new members of the Aggie family -- but this time, they're mechanical and bright orange.
Lighting Projects Saves USU Nearly $50 Thousand per Year
Utah State University's energy management team has completed a series of lighting upgrades at facilities across the state. According to USU's energy manager, Zac Cook, these improvements will result in saving an estimated 794,460 kWh annually.
USU Students, Faculty Launch Campaign for Sustainable Transportation
Several Aggies concerned about Cache Valley's poor air quality are encouraging students on campus to take advantage of alternative forms of transportation to help clear the air. So it may be fitting that they have titled their campaign "Keep Logan Clear."...
USU Buildings Compete to Save Energy
The winners of Utah State University's Energy Wars are the Living Learning Community (LLC) and Natural Resources building. Every October and November the competition encourages students, faculty and staff to be more mindful of the steps they take to conse...
USU Sustainability Opens True Blue Reuse Thrift Store
"The stuff is still plenty good to use for people who want them," said Bennion, a sophomore studying environmental engineering. "Oftentimes I don't like what's trending in the department stores so I usually come to thrift stores to find what I like."
Students Get Their Hands Dirty
The Student Organic Farm at Utah State University completed another harvest and farmer's market season with a fall festival on Saturday.
Open Streets 17
When it comes to using transportation that doesn't guzzle gas, Utah State University senior Jake Meyer is setting an example for his classmates.
Logan Passes Bike/Pedestrian Plan to Supportive Audience
Bicycle and pedestrian advocates cheered when the Municipal Council unanimously approved Logan’s bicycle and pedestrian master plan Tuesday night.
Green Drinks Attendees Discuss Climate Solutions
The drinks might not be green, but the conversation is. For the past year and a half, a group of community members with sustainability on their minds have been meeting once a month for Green Drinks, an international environmental organization. They meet
New Green Roof Display on USU Campus Engages Students
Middle school students and teachers from across the state were the first to see and learn about benefits of green roof construction in urban spaces through a new interactive display on the Utah State University Logan campus. Participants were part of the ...
National Bike Challenge Encourages Cycling for Fun and Fitness
Utah State University is competing once again to become the university cycling national champion. The university is participating for the fifth year in the National Bike Challenge (NBC), a free nationwide competition from May to September aimed at encoura...
Infusing Planetary Thinking into the Curriculum at USU
Utah State University faculty representing business, interior design, engineering, physics, English, kinesiology and health will come together for a one-day workshop Tuesday, May 9, called "Destinations: Planetary Thinking in the Curriculum."
Utah State University Sustainability Council and Blue Goes Green programs held the third annual Sustainability Awards April 21. Students, faculty, and staff received awards prior to the keynote address by Stacy Bare during USU's Earth Day festivities. The...
USU Celebrates Earth Day
Crouching, kneeling and sitting in a strawberry patch at the USU Student Organic Farm on Friday, volunteers pulled weeds on a day celebrating Mother Earth.
From Apathy to Awareness: USU Initiates New Recycling Week
A Utah State University-sponsored recycling awareness event began today in the Taggart Student Center's Hub. The event was a collaboration between by USU's Recycling center, Dining Services and Student Sustainability Office and will take place every day t...
SNAC Gives Students Free Food, Sustainably
The Student Nutrition Access Center, or SNAC, has been gathering food from different locations around campus and putting it in the SNAC pantry on campus for students who are in need.
USU Receives STARS Silver Rating
Utah State University has earned a STARS Silver Rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System...
Less Is More: Winners of Energy Wars Enjoy Their Victory
Utah State University saves energy with the Living Learning Community and Old Main buildings as the winners of Energy Wars. Throughout October and November, faculty and students took small steps to reduce energy such as taking the stairs, turning off ligh...
Aggie Eats Will Introduce New Meat-free Snacks
Utah State University students will have three new options for meat-free on-the-go snacking next semester. The new dishes will include a cold veggie bowl, fresh-cut fruit and instant cups of quinoa.
Drive Electric Program Extends Deadline; Officials Tout Success in Vehicle Sales
The Drive Electric Northern Utah program, a partnership between Utah State University, Weber State University and nonprofit Utah Clean Energy, has extended its deadline allowing incentives for people to buy electric vehicles thanks to the success of the p...
'Reducing the Barriers': Usu, Others Team up for Electric Vehicle Sales Program
Thanks to a new joint program between Utah State University and other partners, Cache Valley residents can get a discount on a purchased or leased electric vehicle and play a major role in cutting down on the region's poor air quality, program organizers ...
NSF Award Funds New Graduate Climate Adaptation Science Effort at USU
Utah State University is the recipient of a competitive $2.7 million National Science Foundation Research Traineeship award that will afford USU students in 20 STEM graduate degree programs the opportunity to pursue advanced interdisciplinary research tra...
USU Farmers' Market Puts the 'ag' Back into 'aggies'
As the harvest season comes to a close, so does the first annual Utah State University Farmers' Market.
USU and Weber State University Join Forces to Improve Air Quality
Utah State University and Weber State University launched the Drive Electric Northern Utah Monday, Oct. 10. The program facilitates the purchase or lease of electric vehicles through Dec. 3.
700 N Closes for Open Streets
Aggie Bull-evard will shut down to personal vehicle traffic so it can open up to bicycles, skates, scooters, skateboards, buses, vendors and more Tuesday evening.
USU Celebrates Another Successful National Bike Challenge
Utah State University defended first place in the college/university division of the National Bike Challenge, logging more miles from more cyclists than any other school in 2015.
USU Professors Integrate Sustainability into Curriculum
Thanks to a group of professors and students focused on integrating sustainability into the curriculum, students at Utah State University can expect to see changes in the way their classes are taught.
'eat Where You Live': USU Farmers Market
Before fall semester, Utah State University's Aggie Radio and fresh produce didn't necessarily mix. Now they do, with the USU Campus Farmers Market.
A Sustainable Education: Integrating Global Thinking Into Classroom Curriculum
How do we instill a mindset of sustainability in our culture and relay the interconnectedness between the environment, society and economy? Faculty across the country, including those at Utah State University, believe one way is through classroom educatio...
USU Study Finds Benefits to Community-supported Agriculture
Maren Wendel, of Providence, just moved from Idaho Falls to Cache Valley recently and did not have time to plant a vegetable garden for the summer.
Two USU Buildings Achieve LEED Certification
Utah State University announced two relatively new buildings have earned LEED certification, a designation from the U.S. Green Building Council for facilities that cut down on energy costs and are built using environmentally sustainable materials.
Planetary Thinking in the Curriculum
For the first time at Utah State University, a diverse group of faculty, representing a wide range of departments, came together to discuss how carbon neutrality and sustainability can be integrated into classroom curriculum at USU.
'A Little Greener': USU Students, Gossner Foods Take on Sustainability
Utah State University students Anna Maki and Tom Magnuson both have their sights set on getting their master's degrees in urban planning with an emphasis on sustainability -- "making things a little greener."
A Carbon-neutral USU? University Makes Progress on 2050 Goal
Utah State University student Nathan Clarke says he lives an environmentally sustainable life, not idling his car when he goes to the drive-thru or hitching a ride to campus using the Aggie Shuttle, which runs on natural gas.
USU Gets $29k in Clean Air Grants
Utah State University recently received $29,000 in grants from the Utah Clean Air Energy Partnership to purchase electric vehicles, all in an effort to improve air quality on campus.
RecycleMania Competition 2016
Monday Feb. 8 kicks off the 16th annual RecycleMania, a competition between schools within the state and across the country to reduce waste and increase recycling. This will be the twelfth year Utah State has participated In RecycleMania, and there are pl...
Green Drinks Features COP21 Update
Piper, a student at Logan High School, talked about her experience at COP21 in front of an audience of about 50 people last Tuesday at the Logan Country Club, as part of a new series called Green Drinks.
Green Office Program
Sign up for reminders to turn off electronics before university breaks, and enter to win a solar charger.
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.
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.