Each year since 1990, UVU has held an Environmental Ethics Week . This conference consists of lectures, panels, and discussions about the environmental issues that face our society today. Some topics from the past few years have included environmental justice, animal ethics, and energy alternatives for the 21st century. This event is free and open to the public.
UVU also holds Surplus Sales to recycle old equipment rather than throwing it out. To find out more about the Surplus Sales, visit their website.
In addition, UVU is dedicated to promoting environmental education and cooperation within its course catalog. The university offers a variety of sustainability-focused courses and programs as part of a well-rounded curriculum.
At the forefront of UVU's educational commitment to sustainability is its Environmental Studies program. This interdisciplinary studies program asks students to examine the interaction between humans and the environment that they live in. It focuses on the relationship between natural and social systems to provide students with an understanding of ecological systems, sustainability, and environmental policy. This program aims to educate students about the responsible use of natural resources and prepare them for potential involvement in "green" sector jobs.
UVU is also committed to providing environmentally-friendly education and awareness across various disciplines. The following is a list of different classes offered at UVU and their corresponding course descriptions (taken from the UVU course catalog):
CMGT 405G - Global Sustainability and the Built Environment:
Focuses on sustainability issues from a global perspective. Discusses "green building" trends and their intent to improve performance and reduce impact on our global environment. Requires reading and writing reflective papers, conducting research projects. Creates an understanding of the global impact of our Built Environment through site visits, guest lecturers and group presentations.
ECON 3040 - EnvironmentalEconomics:
Introduces economic issues of ecological and environmental theory and policy. Identifies the economic tools appropriate for the analysis of ecological and environmental challenges for an inter-diciplinary group of engineering, science, social science, and natural resources management professionals. Presents the microeconomic concepts useful for reviewing these types of issues. Evaluates public policy issues related to environmental, ecological, and natural resource challenges.
BIOL 2500 - Environmental Biology BB:
Designed to acquaint students with the principles of ecology emphasizing population dynamics, energetics, structural components, and concepts of niche and succession. Discusses the interactions of ecological principles and humanity's technology relative to the world today and factors that influence the quality of life.
BIOL 3700 - General Ecology:
Introduces the relationships between organisms and their environment, including population, community and ecosystem processes. Specific topics include adaptation to abiotic factors and the influence of these factors on distribution and abundance; survivorship, age structure, and growth of populations; life history patterns, species interactions, community structure and diversity, biome structure and distribution, and energy flow and nutrient cycles in ecosystems. Also presents the impact of humans on ecological processes.
BIOL 3800 - Conservation Biology:
Presents scientific principles of conservation biology and associated cultural and ethical issues. Explores the diversity of life on this planet and how that diversity is organized and distributed. Investigates the challenges facing management of our natural resources in order to maintain healthy and productive populations and ecosystems.