Citizen science birding data passes scientific muster

March 9, 2018

As long as there have been birdwatchers, there have been lists. Birders keep detailed records of the species they’ve seen and compare these lists with each other as evidence of their accomplishments. Now those lists, submitted and aggregated to birding site eBird, can help scientists track bird populations and identify conservation issues before it’s too […]

U professors honored by Ecological Society of America

March 2, 2018

Three University of Utah biology professors have been honored for their contributions to ecology. Frederick Adler and Phyllis Coley were elected fellows of the Ecological Society of America (ESA), and William Anderegg was named an Early Career Fellow. Fellows are members of ESA who have made outstanding contributions to a wide range of fields served by […]

U CO2 sensor network shows effects of metro growth

February 28, 2018

In February 2001, before the Olympic cauldron in Salt Lake City roared to life and focused the world’s spotlight on Utah, scientists at the University of Utah placed the first of several carbon dioxide (CO2) sensors atop a building on campus. CO2 is a key greenhouse gas leading to anthropogenic climate change, with cities around […]

International Dark-Sky Association Annual General Meeting, 5th ALAN International Conference, Snowbird Resort, Utah

February 13, 2018

Feb. 13, 2018 — This fall, members of two international organizations dealing with the issue of light pollution will convene in Snowbird, Utah for their membership gatherings. The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) 30th Annual General Meeting will be held Nov. 9 – 10, followed by the Artificial Light at Night (ALAN) 5th International Conference Nov. […]

Nursery stock, homeowner preferences drive tree diversity in Salt Lake Valley

February 5, 2018

Utah’s early residents would be surprised to see the canopy of trees that covers the Salt Lake Valley today. Few trees are native to the valley, which means that most of the trees present there today are imported. It’s a much different situation from a natural forest, which is shaped by climate, water availability and […]

New rooftop, and parking canopy solar array at 383 Colorow in Research Park at the University of Utah.

Sun shining over Research Park

November 28, 2017

The University of Utah Research Park has activated several new solar arrays across three locations. The installations, at the 729 Arapeen, 383 Colorow and 295 Chipeta facilities include multiple mounting configurations (rooftop, parking canopy and ground). These new solar arrays are a combined 1.9-megawatts in size and will offset the three buildings energy consumption by […]

The Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Basketball Facility is LEED Gold Certified.

Basketball takes the LEED

October 17, 2017

The University of Utah announces its first Athletics building to be LEED Gold certified. The Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Basketball Facility, home to both men’s and women’s basketball, is officially a leader in sustainable design and energy efficiency. This is the eighth building on campus to be certified Gold or higher, and represents a […]

U commits to renewable energy

October 10, 2017

The University of Utah plans to reduce its total carbon emissions by 25 percent through an agreement to source 50 percent of its electricity from carbon-free solar and geothermal energy sources. The university’s agreement is the largest long-term green power contract of any U.S. university, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership […]

U celebrates 10 years of sustainability

September 26, 2017

The University of Utah Sustainability Office celebrates its 10-year anniversary with a Sustainability Showcase on Friday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the Marriott Library Plaza. Over the years, students, staff and faculty have contributed to a vision of making the University of Utah a better place. In September, the Sustainability Office will celebrate these […]

U Farmers Market celebrates 10 seasons of growing food access and building community

August 22, 2017

The 10th season of the University of Utah Farmers Market begins Aug. 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Tanner Plaza, west of the Student Union, and continues every Thursday through Oct. 5. The Farmers Market began as a way to bring fresh, local food to the campus in order to help build healthier, more sustainable lifestyles. […]