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.
Energy ran high at the 9th Annual Intermountain Sustainability Summit. Over 400 participants from education, business, nonprofit and government sectors networked and attended sessions on March 1. The Crossroads Project performance, the keynote by Professor Naomi Oreskes, and affiliated workshops on climate communication and green buildings drew additional participants with a total of over 650 people attending one or more Summit activities.
This year the Student Poster Contest was set up in the Shepherd Union Ballrooms, bringing more attention to student work. Student Poster Contest winners included the following students and their respective categories: Caitlin Vitale-Sullivan (Idaho State University) - Sustainability Education & Community Engagement; Peter Harrison (Utah State University) - Green Design; Rob Sowby (University of Utah) - Graduate Research; and Hailey Burton, Heather Couturier, Kyia Hill and Emily Kaemmer (Weber State University) - Undergraduate Research & the People's Choice Award. Congratulations to all the award winners!
If you missed the event, or would like to revisit a session you attended, Summit videos are available on YouTube. Others are being added, so check back for more videos in the coming days.
Thank you to anyone who particpated in The Spring 2018 “Cut Pollution: Mow Electric" program! Exchange day will be on April 21st, you will be notified if you won a mower in the lottery and more details about the exchange will be included in the email. WSU’s Sustainability Practices and Research Center and the Energy and Sustainability Office could not have done this program without the partnership of the Weber-Morgan and Davis Health Departments and 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 will provide 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.
Sustainability Research Awards
Director - SPARC
Associate Professor Geography
Office: Social Sciences 302
Academic Sustainability Coordinator - SPARC