UVU Sustainability Day to educate on environmental issues

University Marketing & Communications: Scott Trotter | 801-863-6807 | scott.trotter@uvu.edu


A variety of UVU departments, together with Orem City’s Director of the Natural Resources Stewardship Committee, invite UVU students, faculty, staff, and community members for a unique and engaging Sustainability Day, Wednesday, October 25, on UVU’s Orem campus.

This event will provide information and promote dialogue on a wide variety of environmental issues. There will be a panel discussion concerning people, politics and energy; a question and answer session on climate change; and presentations on a variety of topics. Representatives from over thirty local and national organizations will provide service opportunities along with relevant information. To celebrate our environment, UVU students will recite poetry, exhibit art, and perform music.

Environmental issues have become highly politicized but rather than strengthen existing biases, Sustainability Day will combat misinformation and provide sound scientific evidence. It will create a platform to discuss current research, pertinent data, and most importantly, encourage civil discourse.

Keynote speakers include:

Dave Levitan is a science journalist who has written for The Atlantic, Wired, The Washington Post, Scientific American, and a variety of other widely read publications. His book Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science was released in 2017. He has a master’s degree in science journalism from New York University and will concentrate his talk on how to spot errors or misdirection concerning science and specifically environmental issues.

Robert Davies is a physicist and public interest communicator whose work focuses on synthesizing a broad range of sustainability system science, including climate, energy, food and economics.

Piper Christian is a senior at Logan High School and the president of the Logan Environmental Action Force, her high school environmental club. As a passionate advocate of youth environmental stewardship, she worked with students across the state to introduce a climate change resolution to the Utah State Legislature in 2016. This September, she helped organize the first ever Utah Youth Environmental Summit.

Informational tables will be set up from 9:00 – 2:00 p.m. in the Science Atrium and Hall of Flags. Speaker presentations will take place between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. in SC 213 and between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in SB 134. There will be opportunities to participate in discussions, ask questions, and connect with others who share an interest in sustainability. Free food will be available.

For more information, including a full schedule of events, please contact Colleen Bye at colleen.bye@uvu.edu.