Weber State University is a leading Utah school in sustainability as it is turning the would-be problems of climate change into innovations that are generating profitable opportunities.
Clean energy is one of those profitable investment that Weber State is finding very much worthwhile. However, the first investment, and the most rewarding investment, WSU has made on the journey to sustainability is the revolving energy/water fund.
As the Weber State University Climate Action Plan outlines, the revolving energy/water fund was created by WSU essentially investing in its own resources ($5million) and then the savings from the projects funded would then go back into the fund for more sustainable energy and water projects.
Through these funds, WSU has been able to create and expand the Energy and Sustainability office through facility management to design and implement the projects and programs that will get Weber State University to that carbon neutral goal and overall achieve sustainability.
So far, in just the 2016 fiscal year on its own , WSU has been able to save nearly $1.8million in utility costs alone and fund several other sustainable projects on campus.
Upgrading Infrastructure: LED lighting in the DEE event center, Building green buildings (LEED Certified), and upgrading older buildings.
Energy Projects: Solar panels on Ogden campus buildings, the Davis campus solar grid, the geothermal wells, and investments in the BlueSky program.
Commuter emissions (scope 3): WSU Idle free campaign, Drive Electric Utah, Student UTA Pass and the 650 “fast bus”.
SPARC is Weber State University's research hub designed to connect campus activities, programs, departments, and community partners toward the advancement of sustainability in the region.
The Intermountain Sustainability Summit is a two day conference in which people from all over the community, state and the western United States region come together to learn, connect, network and discuss sustainability and implement sustainability in every part of their lives.
The EIC is Weber State's own informative entity for which University policy makers look to when discussing sustainability and the environment.
This committee is made up of professors, sustainability staff, administrative members as well as key student sustainability groups-all of which help bring information on the best practices for economic and environmental sustainability at WSU.
The EIC also educates interdisciplinary, critical thinking and problem solving tools for climate change related problems and sustainability curriculum to the classrooms of WSU so when students graduate they are prepared to take on and solve challenges in their communities and beyond.
Environmental Ambassadors- Student led sustainability engagement and advocacy.
The Environmental Ambassadors (EA) is a peer to peer educational outreach program that is focused on creating a sustainable campus community.
EA has facilitated and continues to create many projects to educate about and promote sustainability on campus in order to create a campus culture that is for the environment and sustainability.