WSU Hosts Third Annual Intermountain Sustainability Summit

OGDEN, Utah – The Third Annual Intermountain Sustainability Summit will help individuals and organizations make informed decisions about their environmental practices, including recycling, sustainability and energy.

Co-hosted by Weber State University and Utah Recycling Alliance, the event will take place March 7-8 at WSU’s Shepherd Union Building.

“This is a unique event for the region, one which brings together a broad spectrum of individuals from the public, private and non-profit sectors in order to learn more about how sustainability can enhance their organizations, exchange ideas and network,” said Jennifer Bodine, WSU sustainability specialist. “This conference provides information for everyone to implement sustainability into his or her home and business.”

The executive director of Eco-Cycle, one of the largest non-profit recyclers in the United States, kicks off the event March 7 at 8:30 a.m. with a discussion of “A Ten-Year Strategy for Building a Zero Waste Community.” Eric Lombardi is a nationally recognized specialist in resource conservation as well as public and private project development.

March 8 sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m. with Jim Evanoff, Yellowstone National Park environmental protection specialist, who will discuss “Sustaining Yellowstone National Park: A 140 Year Journey.” Evanoff has experience working in many national parks including, Arches National Park, Mount Rushmore and Grand Teton National Park.

Following the keynote presentations each day, the conference will break into three tracks, offering breakout sessions that address different sustainability topics. As in previous years, the Summit will include a recycling and waste management track and a sustainability planning and implementation track.  New to this year’s conference is a track focused on energy conservation and renewable energy.

Also this year at the summit, the Environmental Protection Agency will be presenting its WasteWise award to the United States Postal Service (USPS) Western Area, for realizing its goals of expanding recycling, reducing waste, and increasing the amount of purchased recycled content products.

Registration is required to attend the keynote speakers, other lectures, and the dinner on March 7. Students may attend for free, with the exception of the dinner. Students must register to secure a spot. To register and view additional information, visit the Intermountain Sustainability Summit’s website, Early bird ticket discounts are available for registration before Feb. 26.

A free film screening of “Wind Uprising” will take place on March 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Building followed by a panel discussion. The documentary follows the development of the Spanish Fork, Utah wind project. The screening and panel discussion are free and open to the public. Registration is not required.  

To volunteer, donate, sponsor or become an exhibitor at the summit, please contact Charles Elzinga, or call (801) 626-8564.

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Jennifer Bodine, sustainability specialist
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Randee Jensen, office of Media Relations
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