Continuum The magazine of The University of Utah

Summer 2012

Solar panels sit atop the V. Randall Turpin Building on the U campus and are part of the University's overall sustainability efforts. (Photo by Stephen Speckman)

Seeking Sustainability

A student-led effort has helped make the U campus a leader in being green.

University of Utah student Tom Melburn holds a prototype of a photovoltaic panel that will be part of a “solar ivy” installation on Orson Spencer Hall in late summer. (Photo by Stephen Speckman)

Solar Ivy

Leaf-shaped photovoltaic panels bring a green twist to the walls of academe.

University of Utah professor (lecturer) emeritus Fred Montague works in a greenhouse on his property in Summit County, Utah.

Taking the Long View

For Fred Montague, founding the U’s organic gardens was a step on a larger path.

Spectators sit in the University of Utah's Huntsman Center, with their row of snack packages and drink cups. A student-led effort aims to help ensure most of the garbage is recycled.

After the Roar, Recycle

U students take the lead in keeping cleanup green at athletics venues.

Kent Udell, a mechanical engineering professor, checks his ice ball experiment behind the University of Utah's Sill Center. The ice ball is buried underground, with monitoring boxes at the surface.

Tivo-ing Heat and Cold

Engineering professor Kent Udell works with the elements to seek energy innovations.

Buddy Barker, left, and Eugene Dall work in the University of Utah's natural gas-powered cogeneration plant, which began service in 2008.

Energy Efficiency

In recent years, the University of Utah has made itself a hub for energy innovation and a model for cost-saving efficiency measures. With the creation of its revolving loan fund in 2008, the U’s Energy Office can now perpetually finance long-term energy efficiency projects using the savings earned from existing energy-optimizing projects. One milestone came…

Xeriscaping around new buildings is part of the University ofUtah's environmental sustainability efforts. (Photo courtesy U Office of Sustainability)

Water Conservation

For decades, the University of Utah irrigated its manicured Kentucky bluegrass lawns using culinary water from Salt Lake City. Excess rain and snowmelt runoff was channeled away through storm drains, sometimes adding to erosion or pollution problems downstream. But in recent years, the U’s Plant Operations realized that the campus could save money while keeping…

Solar panels sit atop the new Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building at the University of Utah. (Photo by Stephen Speckman)

LEED Buildings

The University of Utah in recent years has committed to building environmentally friendly buildings. Most of the new buildings on campus, as well as those under construction, surpass new state building requirements and do or will meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s requirements for LEED certification, the foremost rating system for green buildings. LEED, which…

Scott Allred harvests lettuce in a University of Utah campus organic garden in 2011. (Photo courtesy U Office of Sustainability)

Campus Gardens

Just east of the Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre, 4,000 square feet of raised-bed garden boxes cradle sprouting vegetables that bask in this sun-filled outdoor classroom. Vines of pole beans grow overhead to form playful tunnels next to towering stalks of red amaranth. Nearby, student volunteers use pitchforks to turn piles of composting leaves and cafeteria…

Through the Years

Green Grads The University of Utah has educated dozens of “green grads” who have gone on to successful careers supporting environmental sustainability, both locally and nationally. On the University of Utah’s campus, Office of Sustainability co-founder Alexandra Parvaz BA’06 BS’06 MS’11 is now the office’s campus gardens coordinator and serves as the driving force behind…

Randy W. Cardon, who received the 2012 Founders Day Scholarship, sits by a mountain lake. He is majoring in environmental sustainability at the U. (Photo courtesy Randy W. Cardon)

Association News

Founders Day Scholar Aims to Help Military Bases Go Green Randy W. Cardon, a University of Utah student and gunnery sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps who has served five deployments, including two tours in Iraq, was selected to receive this year’s Founders Day Scholarship. Cardon, who grew to appreciate nature during his childhood years…

Campus Notebook

Governor, Legislature Show Support for the U in 2012 Legislative session victories in 2012 include infrastructure funds and dental-school approval. Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert and the state Legislature demonstrated clear support for higher education and the University of Utah during the 2012 legislative session that ended March 8. Higher education received the first increase…


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