What UVU is Doing

Sustainability Timeline

View a timeline of Utah Valley University's sustainability efforts. This timeline covers the University's efforts in waste reduction, energy conservation, and other sustainability efforts from 1999 to the present day.

Buildings

Early in the University’s history, Utah Valley utilized sustainability into its building design. Today, as UVU continues to expand, buildings are still built with a sustainable mind-set. From the construction of the Library to the Capital Reef Station to the new Student Life building, discover how UVU buildings create a more sustainable campus.

Energy

Early in the University’s history, Utah Valley utilized sustainability into its building design. Today, as UVU continues to expand, buildings are still built with a sustainable mind-set. From the construction of the Library to the Capital Reef Station to the new Student Life building, discover how UVU buildings create a more sustainable campus.

Dining Services

Dining services has the important job of providing Utah Valley University students and staff with wonderful food. In addition, dining services strives to contribute to campus sustainability. They have improved campus sustainability by implementing ideas such as more efficient dish washers and healthy choices for lunch.

Solid Waste Reduction

Solid waste reduction is a very important piece of sustainability. Utah Valley University operates a recycling program to reduce paper waste around campus. The purchase of a cardboard bailer and other practices show UVU’s commitment to solid waste reduction.

Grounds Water

It is hard to miss the two concrete irrigation ponds on the West side of the main campus. These two ponds allow UVU to water its grounds without placing additional burden on the Municipal water supply of the community. UVU is very conscious of the limited water supply in Utah and has implemented many water-saving measures to reduce water waste.

Transportation

Because Utah Valley University provides no on-campus housing, most UVU students commute. In an effort to lower the amount of individual cars coming to campus, UVU provides discounted UTA bus passes to students. These bus passes, in combination with the courtesy on-campus shuttle, make it much easier for students to find a reason to lower pollution production and leave their cars at home.

Events & Courses

Utah Valley University offers multiple courses on sustainable practice and even has an Environmental Studies degree. In addition, UVU offers environmental conferences and other ways for students and the community to find out more about living sustainably.

The Strategic Plan

In an effort to create a more sustainable campus, the Sustainability Committee has created a Strategic Plan for Sustainable Practice. Outlined in this document are UVU’s sustainability goals for the future.