Sustainability Practices and Research Center (SPARC)
The mission of the Weber State University Sustainability Practices and Research Center is to inform and educate WSU students, faculty, staff and the local and statewide community in order to ensure the sustainability of our region and our world for future generations. The Center serves as an academic counterpart to and partner with the Energy & Sustainability Office, and works closely with the Environmental Issues Committee, serving as a hub to connect campus activities, programs, departments and community partners in order to advance a commitment to sustainability in the region.
Weber State University is offering a new course, Shades of Green: Perspectives on Sustainability for People, Environment and Economic Prosperity, fall semester of 2016. Twenty faculty members from a wide variety of disciplines will present on a new sustainability topic each week. Register for GEOG 2920 for credit (1 credit), or drop in to any class during the semester. Class meets in the Social Science Building, room 390 on Tuesdays from 12:00 to 1:15 pm.
SPARC is responsible for coordinating and hosting the Intermountain Sustainability Summit, which has become the most important sustainability-related conference in the region, now entering its 8th year. This year's conference will be March 16-17, 2017. The conference brings together civic leaders, sustainability professionals, businesses, educators, students and interested members of the community to learn, network, and develop new strategies for implementing sustainability across a variety of sectors and scales.
Drive Electric Northern Utah
The Drive Electric Northern Utah program is a community-led effort to facilitate a discounted rate for electric vehicles or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (EVs). Car dealers are able to offer a discount because the program drives targeted customer demand during a limited timeframe. To those who enroll through the program, there will be discounts on BEV (battery-electric) or PHEV (plug-in-hybrid electric) car models. The program gives community members the opportunity to purchase or lease all-electric and plug-in-hybrid electric vehicles at discounted prices starting in October and available for a limited time only.
Residents of Northern Utah, including Box Elder, Cache, Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties, can purchase or lease EVs at a discounted price while also reducing the criteria air pollutants and greenhouse gases associated with their vehicles. This joint program is aimed at improving air quality and community health both today and for future generations. With almost 50 percent of Utah’s urban air pollution coming from tailpipe emissions, electric vehicles represent an important tool for improving air quality throughout Northern Utah.
Susie Hulet Community Solar Program
One focus of the center is to further and facilitate WSU’s aims of sustainability education, research, and very importantly, practice, both on and off campus. Toward the third realm of practice, the Center in 2016-2017 brought the Susie Hulet Community Solar Program to Weber, Davis and Morgan counties. The ultimate goal was to increase the use of renewable, clean solar energy in this region, both now and going forward, resulting in more solar panels on more houses. Over 2500 solar panels were installed through the program!
Sustainability Research Awards
Director - SPARC
Associate Professor Geography
Office: Social Sciences 302
Academic Sustainability Coordinator - SPARC