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.

Intermountain Sustainability Summit:

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 9th year. This year's conference will be February 28th- March 2nd . 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.  

Community Sustainability Programs

The “Cut Pollution: Mow Electric Program” is going to be offered in spring 2018 by WSU’s Sustainability Practices and Research Program and the Energy and Sustainability Office in partnership with the Weber-Morgan and Davis Health Departments, with funding support from the Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR) and the Utah Department of Environmental Quality.  It is an exchange program that replaces heavily polluting gas-powered mowers with zero-emissions electric equipment.  The program provides a low cost way to obtain electric equipment in exchange for recycling gas-powered versions. Going electric means the air is cleaner for the person doing the work, as well as for the wider community.   

Details about signing up to participate will be coming soon.


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

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Contact Info:

Alice Mulder
Director - SPARC
Associate Professor Geography
Office: Social Sciences 302
Phone: 801-626-6198

Bonnie Christiansen
Academic Sustainability Coordinator - SPARC
Phone: 801-626-6326

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