UVU’s main campus has taken several steps to promote sustainability. In order to cut its energy requirement to heat and cool, the campus was built with a groundwater heat exchange system. This system has been extended to each new building on campus. The system uses groundwater, which stays a relatively constant temperature year-round, to change the temperature above ground. The groundwater heat exchange system is explained in further detail in the “Energy Conservation” section.
In addition to geothermal heat exchange, all new buildings on campus have been built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. LEED is a third-party inspection group that verifies the environmental efficiency of buildings. It is a voluntary program that aims to lower operating costs, reduce waste, conserve energy and water, encourage safer and healthier facilities, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
On July 1, UVU opened its new library, the first high performance building in the state of Utah. The library boasts a variety of sustainable and efficient practices, including:
October 16, Capitol Reef Field Station began operations. The facility is completely solar powered and occupants are asked to practice conservation at all times. This partnership with Capitol Reef National Park provides students with valuable opportunities to study the local ecosystem and promote sustainability through:
UVU's Science building opened April 20, 2012 with an LEED silver certification, making it one of the most energy-efficient buildings of its size in the state. The building was constructed, and is operated, with sustainability in mind for both the environment and the people who occupy it. Many steps have been taken to ensure that it is a safe and eco-friendly place to learn.
On June 18th, UVU broke ground on its new Student Life and Wellness Center. The center is being built to LEED Standards and aims to be a source of stress relief, relaxation, and general amenities for students, faculty, and alumni.