What UVU is Doing: Events and Courses

Campus Sustainability Day: October 2019

sustainability day ribbon cutting


Lawn Mower Exchange


  • Online random-selection sign-up period begins March 5, 2019

  • Online random-selection sign-up period closes March 15, 2019

  • Participant selection will be March 18-22, 2019

  • If selected, participants will be notified by email beginning March 25, 2019

  • Registration for selected participants to schedule pick-up time and pay fees March 25-29, 2019

  • Exchange event will be held in three locations on Saturday morning, April 27, 2019

    • Layton

    • Salt Lake City

    • Oremlawn mower exchange

Intermountain Sustainability Summit - March 21-22nd 2019

Environmental Ethics Symposium "The Air We Breathe" - March 29, 2019

68th UN Civil Society Conference "Building Inclusive and Society Conference" - August 26-28

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.

CMGT 405G - Global Sustainability and the BuiltEnvironment:
For construction management majors and individuals interested in sustainable construction. Focuses on sustainability issues from a global perspective. Discusses global sustainability and focuses specifically on the LEED green building rating system. Includes guest lectures, site visits, and group assignments.

CHEM 3020 - Environmental Chemistry:
Studies the chemistry of soil, ground water, hazardous waste, and the atmosphere. Explores current environmental concerns and issues.

CHEM 3025 - Environmental Chemistry Laboratory:
Laboratory course which supports CHEM 3020, Environmental Chemistry. Introduces laboratory, sampling, and data analyses techniques used in environmental laboratories. Covers air sampling, and soil and water analysis using a variety of instruments and techniques.

COMM 3115 - Communicating in Environments:
Explores how people use communication to navigate both social and natural environments. Investigates social and small group communication; specifically, how small groups are created, what role(s) they play in life. Considers how our culture communicates about the natural world; how do we define nature, who communicates for nature, and how does nature behave as a stakeholder in environmental conflicts. Occurs at the Capitol Reef Field Station, which allows for an experiential application of the theories of small-group and environmental communication. Focuses on the experience and application of the literature of the discipline to create an integrated-learning opportunity.

ECON 3040 - Environmental Economics:
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-disciplinary 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.

ENGL 3460 - Wilderness and Environmental Writing:
Introduces students to the literary conversation of appreciation and responsibility for our natural world and teaches them how to engage meaningfully in that conversation. Requires (1) extensive readings in literature of the natural world, including scientific, polemic, creative non-fiction, and fiction writing modes bearing on environmental stewardship and (2) a writing portfolio that includes polemic, creative non-fiction, fiction, and poetry. Includes discussion of assigned readings and workshops of student manuscripts. Requires overnight wilderness field trips; students with disabilities will be accommodated on field trips.

ENST 3000 - Introduction to Environmental Studies:
Explores the complex relationships of culture, technology, and nature within an interdisciplinary framework of the natural sciences, social sciences, business, and humanities. Addresses the integration of humanity and nature in the age of globalization.

ENST 3520 - Environmental Sociology:
Explores in detail several different approaches to understanding the social causes of and solutions to environmental degradation. Discusses the development of a wide variety of theory-based critiques of various social institutions (e.g., economic, political, religious) and how these institutions' values can create and perpetuate unsustainable practices.

ENVT 1110 - Introduction to Environmental Management:
Surveys environmental issues and the impact of people on the environment. Covers water, air, and soil pollution. Discusses pollution prevention and remediation methods. For majors and any who have an interest in environmental issues.

ENVT 1270 - Environmental Microbiology:
For water managers, public health workers, and environmental managers. Discusses the role microorganisms in water treatment, wastewater treatment, agriculture, environmental change, and others.

ENVT 2560 - Environmental Health:
Presents how environmental protection and proper sanitation can protect the public. Covers control of infectious and noninfectious diseases, safe water supplies, housing safety, radiation hazards, and air pollution.

ENVT 2600 - Skills for Humanitarian Projects:
For students interested in participating in humanitarian projects. Covers water supplies, adobe stoves, drip irrigation systems, photoelectric lighting, and rules for safety in unfamiliar surroundings.

ENVT 2710 - Environmental Careers:
For all students interested in environmental careers. Explores the career opportunities in environmental areas. Covers resumes, letters of inquiry, networking, and other methods of job seeking.

ENVT 3280 - Environmental Law:
Covers the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the Clean Air Act. Reviews the Toxic Substances Control Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Superfund law, DOT regulations, and OSHA regulations.

ENVT 3290 - Environmental Permits and Reports:
For students interested in becoming environmental managers. Covers the permits and reports that are required by the EPA, OSHA, state and local agencies that relate to air, water, and hazardous materials. Includes the preparation of sample permit applications and monthly operational reports.

ENVT 3330 - Water Resources Management:
Examines the broad issues that affect water quality and supply. Covers watershed management, limnology, stormwater management, and wetlands. Discusses the biological and physical processes that occur and the legal constraints that affect management decisions.

ENVT 3600 - Appropriate Technologies and Sustainable Development:
Reviews the origins of poverty and the current conditions of people in developing countries. Offers development solutions being pursued around the world. Empowers students to play an active role in international poverty reduction by introducing international development and its challenges. Teaches students how to determine appropriate technologies based on design, physical, and social considerations.

ENVT 3700 - Current Topics in Environmental Management:
Studies local environmental issues, new technologies, and the challenges faced by environmental managers. Issues discussed will vary with the semester. Prepares students for a thoughtful discussion of environmental issues.

ENVT 3750 - Land Use Planning:
Covers key issues in land use planning and how they affect the environment. Includes multiple use concepts, focused uses, zoning, mapping, and the political processes used in planning. Discusses the importance of strategic planning and public relations.

ENVT 3770 - Natural Resources Management:
For students in the Environmental Management program and others interested in natural resource issues. Introduces the management and conservation of natural resources. Discusses forestry, range management, wildlife management, and outdoor recreation.

ENVT 3790 - Hydrology I:
Teaches how to solve textbook problems by developing skills in mathematics and understanding of hydrology. Uses hydrology to solve the real problems of real people. Requires that each student carry out a service learning project in the areas of water development, water conservation or water quality.

ENVT 3800 - Energy Use on Earth:
Covers the science of energy production and consumption. Quantitatively analyzes various methods of energy production, distribution, and end use in all sectors of our society, including transportation, residential living, and industry. Examines the impacts of our energy consumption on the environment and prospects for alternative energy sources. Intended for science majors interested in energy use in society or in an energy related career, and for students in other majors who feel that a technical understanding of energy use will help them to understand and mitigate its impact in our society.

ENVT 3850 - Environmental Policy:
For upper-division students with an interest in >environmental policy. Discusses the process by which policies are made and the factors that influence policy formation. Includes political factors, economics, international issues, public awareness and others.

ENVT 4790 - Hydrology II:
Continuation of ENVT 3790 with an emphasis on contaminant hydrology and computer modeling. Requires students to prepare a case study in the area of contaminant hydrology. Requires that each student carry out a service learning project in the areas of water development, water conservation or water quality.

ENVT 482R - Geologic/Environmental Internship:
Engages students in supervised geologic or environmental work in a professional setting. Requires approval by the Chair of the Department of Earth Science. Includes maintaining a journal of student experiences and preparing a paper summarizing their experience. A maximum of 3 credit hours may be counted toward graduation. May be graded Credit/No Credit.

ENVT 4890 - Surface Water Hydrology:
Strengthens problem-solving skills in the area of surface water hydrology. Major topics include drainage networks, open-channel hydraulics, theory of sediment transport, and statistical hydrology. Provides the opportunity to contribute to ongoing departmental research in surface water hydrology.

GEOG 3800 - Environmental History of the United States:
Examines human modification of the American landscape. Surveys the physical geography of the United States, landscape change during Native American to European transition, and causes of agricultural and industrial pollution. Topics include land ethics, processes of environmental degradation, technological remedies, history of federal laws and protection agencies. May include field experiences.

GEO 3000 - Environmental Geochemistry:
Introduces low temperature, environmental geochemistry with a focus on the use of quantitative measures to understand superficial geologic processes. Includes equilibrium thermodynamics and kinetics of chemical reactions, aqueous solutions, sorption and complexation, oxidation-reduction reactions, organic geochemistry, and the chemistry of the continental, marine, and atmospheric environments. Numerous examples will be introduced to demonstrate how the conceptual framework can be applied in solving practical problems.

GIS 3640 - Thematic Mapping Environmental Impacts:
Analyzes ways to geographically visualize the impact of natural disasters, energy processes, human impacts, and other impacts on the environment. Reviews the regional and global interrelationships of land, water, and atmosphere to the environment. Involves producing a thematic global and regional mapping project(s) considering the environmental impacts or potential impacts as presented in this course. Lab access fee of $35 for computers applies.

HUM 4300 - Environmental Aesthetics:
Introduces students to emerging themes in environmental aesthetics. Evaluates concepts and attitudes toward nature including, but not limited to, the concept of beauty in natural and human-made environments from a cross-cultural perspective. Studies environmental formalism, cognitivism and non-cognitivism, as well as divergent spiritual, ecological, religious, and moral approaches to the appreciation of nature.

METO 3100 - Climate and the Earth System:
For students interested in understanding the Earth's dynamic environment. Studies the four major Earth systems that constitute the environment: the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. Investigates the interdependency of these systems. Explores global warming, ozone depletion, the green house effect, Earth's energy balance and other environmental concerns and discusses important environmental cycles.

PHIL 3530 - Environmental Ethics:
Presents a comprehensive, balanced introduction to the field of environmental ethics. Examines a variety of national and international environmental issues. Challenges students to think and write critically about classic and contemporary works on ethics and the environment. Analyzes ethical, scientific, aesthetic, political, economical and religious perspectives pertaining to the environment.

PHYS 1800 - Energy You and the Environment:
Answers the question, "Where does energy come from, and where does it go?". Examines the methods of energy production, distribution, and consumption in society and their environmental impacts. Examines the personal impact of energy use on the environment and explores alternatives, such as fuel cell cars, and a hydrogen economy. Examines prospects for alternative energy sources, such as solar, wind, nuclear and geothermal energy at length. Intended for non-science majors interested in energy use in society.

SOC-3520 - Environmental Sociology:
Explores in detail several different approaches to understanding the social causes of and solutions to environmental degradation. Discusses the development of a wide variety of theory-based critiques of various social institutions (e.g., economic, political, religious) and how these institutions' values can create and perpetuate unsustainable practices.