Sustainability

Rocky Mountain haze

January 5, 2017

Jan. 6, 2017— Many people head to the mountains in the summer to get above the haze of the cities and valleys. A new study finds that the haze could be catching up. University of Utah atmospheric scientist Gannet Hallar and colleagues find a correlation between the severity of drought in the Intermountain West and […]


Students present research at National Diversity Conference

November 17, 2016

Two students, Luis Vidal from the University of Utah and Joydino Beyale from Utah State University Eastern, recently presented their water research at the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, or SACNAS, National Conference for Diversity in STEM in Long Beach, California, on Oct. 13-15, 2016. Their research was conducted […]


Discounted electric car purchase program extended through Nov. 30

November 10, 2016

Utah’s winter inversion season is here, but this year Utah will have more clean, electric cars on the road to help to improve air quality. The University of Utah’s U Drive Electric program has facilitated the sale of 92 electric and plug-in-hybrid cars in the past six weeks. Due to the popularity of the program, […]


Tracing the ivory trail

November 2, 2016

More than 90 percent of ivory in large seized shipments came from elephants that died less than three years before, according to a new University of Utah study. Combining radiocarbon ivory dating with genetic analysis provides a picture of when and where poachers are killing elephants, useful tools in the ongoing battle against illegal animal […]


A complete waste of energy

October 25, 2016

According to the National Resource Defense Council, Americans waste up to $19 billion annually in electricity costs due to “vampire appliances,” always-on digital devices in the home that suck power even when they are turned off. But University of Utah electrical and computer engineering professor Massood Tabib-Azar and his team of engineers have come up […]


New solar canopy at University of Utah bolsters energy efficiency on campus

October 7, 2016

The University of Utah will officially “flip the switch” to unveil a new solar parking canopy in the southwest corner of campus designed to save energy and serve as part of a broader sustainability plan. A short explanation of the solar canopy project will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct.7, at the structure, […]


U among top 26 healthiest colleges

September 27, 2016

The University of Utah was recently ranked among the top 26 Healthiest Colleges of 2016 by Greatist.com, a health and wellness website with more than 9 million monthly readers. The ranking took into account criteria including special dietary options on dining hall menus, number of fitness classes offered, available mental health resources and more. According […]


Resonance in Rainbow Bridge

September 21, 2016

Utah’s iconic Rainbow Bridge hums with natural and man-made vibrations, according to a new University of Utah study, published September 21 in Geophysical Research Letters. The study characterizes the different ways the bridge vibrates and what frequencies and energy sources cause the rock structure to resonate. The vibrations are small, according to geology and geophysics […]


Community electric cars come to Salt Lake City

September 12, 2016

In a joint press conference, the University of Utah and Salt Lake City today announced the launch of an electric vehicle purchase program extending discounts on multiple makes and models of vehicles. The second round of U Drive Electric offers U community members and Salt Lake City community members the opportunity to purchase or lease […]


Hippo teeth reveal environmental change

September 8, 2016

Sept. 12, 2016— Loss of megaherbivores such as elephants and hippos can allow woody plants and non-grassy herbs and flowering plants to encroach on grasslands in African national parks, according to a new University of Utah study, published September 12 in Scientific Reports. The study used isotopes in hippopotamus teeth to find a shift in […]