Sustainability Tips and Tricks

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Getting to & from Campus

  • Plan your UTA trip using the Transit App or by selecting public transit when looking up directions on Google Maps.
  • Get free UTA passes for your spouse & dependents at Campus Connection.
  • Use the bicycle option when looking up directions on Google Maps to plan a safe cycling route.
  • Swing by the Outdoor Adventure Center for a bicycle tune-up or quick repair.
  • Carpool with friends or roommates if where you live isn’t served by transit and is too far away to bike or walk.

Energy

  • Unplug electronics you aren't using.
  • Change incandescent light bulbs to higher efficiency LEDs.
  • Adjust your thermostat to 78°F in the summer and to 68°F in the winter.
  • Air-dry dishes & laundry or dry at lowest temperature setting.

Water

Waste

  • Use a refillable water bottle rather than a disposable one.
  • Learn what is recycled in your community & at UVU and recycle it!
  • If you live in an apartment that doesn’t offer recycling, you can often take your recycling to a public drop off bin. (City of Orem drop off bins (glass only), City of Provo drop off bins)
  • Reduce junk mail by opting out of unwanted mailing lists.
  • Go shopping with reusable bags.

Get Involved

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Committees

Sustainability Committee

The Sustainability Committee is a committee of students, faculty, and staff working together to advocate for sustainability at UVU and to collaborate on initiatives. There are several subcommittees and related committees that are represented at the Sustainability Committee demonstrating the broad nature of Sustainability at UVU.

Waste Reduction Subcommittee

The Waste Reduction Subcommittee is dedicated to creating awareness of waste reduction strategies on campus including promoting good recycling habits, environmentally friendly swag, and low-waste solutions.

Water Conservation Subcommittee

The Water Conservation Subcommittee aims to promote water conservation on UVU campus, particularly irrigation water. The committee advocates for water wise landscaping, smart watering, and improved water consumption tracking.

Carbon Neutrality Subcommittee

In 2018 UVU committed to be carbon neutral by 2050 (link to resolution @ new address). The Carbon Neutrality Subcommittee is involved in planning for the 2050 goal and promoting awareness of Carbon Neutrality and Climate Change on campus.

GRIT Garden Committee

The GRIT Garden Committee brings together the diverse stakeholders interested in community health & resilience, food sovereignty, small scale agriculture, and plant science that make the GRIT Garden the unique project that it is.

Bicycle Committee

With the goal of getting UVU certified as a Bicycle Friendly University the Bicycle Committee brings together students, faculty, and staff interested in making UVU a safer and more pleasant place cycle.

Tree Advisory Committee

The Tree Advisory Committee advocates for a diverse and thriving urban forest on UVU’s campus and ensures UVU meets the annual requirements for Tree Campus Higher Education certification.