Sustainability

Consortium for Dark Sky Studies, International Dark-Sky Association bring global conferences to Utah

Worldwide, light pollution is growing twice as fast as Earth’s human population. In many places, artificial light at night has obliterated our view of the stars and impacted wildlife, public health, and air quality. Next week, members of two international organizations dealing with the issue of light pollution will convene in Snowbird, Utah. The state […]


Diverse forests are stronger against drought

Diversity is strength, even among forests. In a paper published in Nature, researchers led by University of Utah biologist William Anderegg report that forests with trees that employ a high diversity of traits related to water use suffer less of an impact from drought. The results, which expand on previous work that looked at individual […]


U. Institute awarded $140M grant to develop geothermal energy lab

Following a three-year, five-way competitive process, the U.S. Department of Energy has selected the Energy and Geosciences Institute (EGI) at the University of Utah to develop a geothermal laboratory near Milford, Utah. The laboratory, called Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) will focus on developing enhanced geothermal systems which could greatly expand the […]


Vultures reveal critical Old World flyways

It’s not easy to catch an Egyptian vulture. Evan Buechley knows. He’s hunkered down near garbage dumps from Ethiopia to Armenia, waiting for the highly intelligent birds to trigger a harmless trap. But no matter how well he and other researchers hid the traps, he says, “somehow the birds could always sense that something was […]


U Bike Electric, an electric bicycle purchase program intended to help more people improve air quality by cutting personal transportation emissions.

U Bike Electric program

The University of Utah and Utah Clean Energy are proud to announce the launch of U Bike Electric, an electric bicycle purchase program intended to help more people improve air quality by cutting personal transportation emissions. The program offers U community members the opportunity to purchase a variety of makes and models of e-bikes at […]


Citizen science birding data passes scientific muster

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

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

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

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

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 […]