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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

We 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.

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.

2016

280 Ground source heat exchange wells were drilled 425 feet deep beneath two Weber State parking lots to help use the natural temperature from underground for heating and cooling buildings.

2017

WSU 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 assessment.

Coming 2020

The Sustainability Course Attribute was approved by the faculty senate in Spring 2019, and will help students easily identify sustainability-related courses.

Learn more about our journey on our reports page.

Sustainability Projects

Solar Covered Parking Lot

Weber recently began construction on the solar panel covered parking in the W10 lot. This solar array will provide 80% of the new Lindquist Hall's energy needs as well as provide covered parking for students.

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New Lindquist Hall

The Lindquist Hall for social sciences is a LEED Gold rated building, with a massive geothermal heat exchange field and a new solar covered parking lot to provide energy and heating and cooling needs. It is about 80% more efficient than required by building codes.

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Other Projects

Learn about the projects that are positioning Weber State to be a sustainable campus.

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Sustainability in Academics

Sustainability Courses

Learn more about sustainability in your discipline from athletics to zoology! High impact courses are available to enhance your college experience.

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Environmental Studies Minor

Minor in Environmental Studies and take an interdisciplinary perspective on environmental issues and their potential solutions, from science to social justice to philosophy.

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Apply for a Student Research Award

Students can apply to receive a $500 award in recognition of exceptional research in the area of sustainability.

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Geoscience and Society Course

Learn about geoscience topics from water quality and climate change to social justice and nuclear waste, Thursdays, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Students can take the 2-credit course or drop in for free, starting January 9th.

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Faculty Teaching Sustainability

See who is teaching sustainability. Connect and collaborate with faculty who share sustainability interests across disciplines.

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NEW Environmental Sciences Major

If you have a passion for the environment and want to make a difference for the long-term viability of ecosystems, wildlife and human communities across our planet, consider earning your degree in environmental sciences.

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