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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. 

Past Year in Review

Intermountain Sustainability Summit

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, 2018. 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.


The 2018 Student Poster Competition winners were:

  • Sustainability Education & Community Engagement: Caitlin Vitale-Sullivan (Idaho State University)
  • Green Design: Peter Harrison (Utah State University)
  • Graduate Research: Rob Sowby (University of Utah)
  • Undergraduate Research & the People's Choice Award: Hailey Burton, Heather Couturier, Kyia Hill and Emily Kaemmer (Weber State University)

Congratulations to all the winners!

If you missed the event or would like to revisit a session you attended, Summit videos are available on YouTube. 

Visit the Intermountain Sustainability Summit Website

Mow Electric Community Program

In spring 2018 the Energy and Sustainability Office and SPARC partnered with the Weber-Morgan and Davis Health Departments to provide an electric lawn mower exchange program, toward the improvement of local air quality.  It was an exchange program that replaced heavily polluting gas-powered mowers with zero-emissions electric equipment. Winners of the lottery to participate exchanged a gas-powered mower for a new electric one. In total 837 electric mowers were provided, including over 50 to low-income households.

We could not have done this program without funding support from the Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR) and the Utah Department of Environmental Quality. Going electric means the air is cleaner for the person doing the work, as well as for the wider community.

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