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Weber State University is committed to environmental, social and economic sustainability. In both academics and operations, we research and implement sustainable practices on campus, and engage the community through outreach initiatives.

Awards & Recognition

A Princeton Review Green School
A Sierra Magazine Coolest School
A Tree Campus USA Recognized School
Winner of the H2Oath Competition
An AASHE STARS Silver Rated School
Wattsmart Business Partner of the Year
Utah Business' Green Business Award

Our Story

2007

Our sustainability journey began with a commitment by then WSU President Ann Millner when she signed the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), setting the goal for WSU to become a carbon-neutral campus by 2050.

2008

We completed our first greenhouse gas inventory, accounting for emissions generated from our buildings, fleet, onsite fossil fuel use, and all travel of our faculty, staff and students to commute to and from campus.

2009

Adopted a Climate Action Plan, and hired our first energy manager.

2010

Created the Energy & Sustainability Office in Facilities Management to implement energy efficiency, conservation, and sustainability-related projects across all WSU campuses.

Hosted the first Intermountain Sustainability Summit, which soon became a benchmark sustainability event for the region.

2011

Completed our first Sustainability Tracking And Rating System (STARS) report, through the National Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, soon after we earned a Bronze rating.

2015

The Sustainability Practices and Research Center (SPARC) was created in Academic Affairs to facilitate sustainability education and practice across the campus and in the community.

Hosted our first annual community program, aimed at helping residents make sustainability upgrades at home. 

2016

Installed our first ground source heat exchange wells. 280 wells were drilled to 425 feet deep beneath two Weber State parking lots to use the natural temperature from underground for heating and cooling buildings. Learn more about Weber's renewable energy.

2017

Installed a nearly 7 acre, 1.8 megawatt solar array, offsetting 100% of the electricity needs of Weber's Davis Campus. This solar array gathers enough sunlight energy to power all of Davis Campus, all year-round.

2019

Weber State University earned a Silver rating in the national Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS) assessment.

2020

The Sustainability Course Attribute (SUS) was approved by the faculty senate in Spring 2019 and was first used in Spring 2020. It can now help students easily identify sustainability-related courses.

 

Sustainability Highlights

Solar Covered Parking Lot

New Lindquist Hall

Sustainability Courses