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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 Initiatives 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

Join us at the 10th Annual Intermountain Sustainability Summit on March 21 - 22, 2019. 


Hundreds of sustainability professionals and emerging leaders from education, business, nonprofit and government sectors come to learn, share, network and build momentum as we work to improve our communities, environment and economy.   


Students, enter your sustainability related posters to the Summit's Student Poster Contest. 



Visit the Intermountain Sustainability Summit Website

Community Programs

SPARC and the Energy and Sustainability Office (ESO) partnered with the Weber-Morgan and Davis Health Departments to provide Cut Pollution Mow Electric, in 2018. The exchange program replaced over 835 air-polluting gas-powered mowers with zero-emissions electric mowers. The program received funding from the Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR) and the Utah DEQ. 

Drive Electric Northern Utah helped 28 families upgrade to electric vehicles (EVs) in 2016. SPARC, ESO, and Utah State University partnered with Utah Clean Energy to offer deep discounts on EVs.  

In 2015 SPARC collaborated with ESO to offer Susie Hulet Community Solar, creating a bulk-purchase discount for residents. Over 140 households installed solar through the program. 

Contact Information

Alice Mulder

Office: Library 147D
Phone: 801-626-6198

Bonnie Christiansen

Academic Sustainability Coordinator
Phone: 801-626-6326

Past Projects

Drive Electric Northern Utah
Susie Hulet Community Solar