Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.48
Liaison Amy Brunvand
Submission Date Oct. 21, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Utah
EN-12: Continuing Education

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.12 / 5.00 Amy Brunvand
Office of Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Total number of continuing education courses offered:

Number of continuing education courses that are sustainability course offerings:

Percentage of continuing education courses that are sustainability course offerings:

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its continuing education sustainability course offerings and descriptions:
Institution’s inventory of its continuing education sustainability course offerings and descriptions:

The inventory includes courses from Spring, Summer and Fall 2018:
The total count includes:
• AOCE courses cross-listed with for-credit courses
• LLxx Lifelong Learning Courses
• OSHER Lifelong Learning Courses
• Youth Education Courses

Courses counted for sustainability content include:

• AOCE courses cross-listed with for-credit courses that have SUSC/L designation.
• Non-Credit Parks Recreation & Tourism Natural Resource courses, when course descriptions include reference to Leave No Trace, resource management, or environmental ethics.
• LLHG (Lifelong Learning Home and Garden)courses, when course descriptions include low water landscaping, water saving irrigation, organic gardening, seed saving or other sustainable food production practices; also courses that specifically address plants adapted to local growing conditions.
• Other courses with a strong relation to SDG principles or placemaking in the Salt Lake/Wasatch Front region.

Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:

Does the institution have at least one sustainability-focused certificate program through its continuing education or extension department?:

A brief description of the certificate program(s):

Certificate of Western Horticulture, established Spring 2016
The Certificate of Western Horticulture allows motivated home gardeners and those seeking entry level positions in the horticulture industry to expand their skills and understand the specific needs of Utah landscapes and gardens during all 4 seasons. Certificate enrollees will better understand design, how to successfully choose plants, and how to grow and maintain their home landscape. The diverse and seasonal curriculum will assist students in mastering gardening techniques best suited for Utah gardens through lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experiences specific to the climate and conditions found in the West. Courses have a strong bioregional focus and are offered in partnership with Red Butte Garden (described in OP-10).

Required Courses:
---LHG 563 Irrigation Basics: Explore smart irrigation practices that give plants the water they need to thrive (no more, no less) and deliver that water in the most efficient way possible.
--LLHG 615 Soils:Dig Deeper into Gardening: cover the physical, biological, and chemical properties of soils as well as basic plant nutrition and fertilization that will help you achieve an optimum planting and growing environment.
--LLHG 512 Residential Landscape Design: We'll use Red Butte Garden to look at plants appropriate for the Utah landscape and learn about plant characteristics to consider when choosing plants for your garden design.

Elective Courses include Reclaim the Curb! Designing for Parkstrips, and courses on growing food including vegetables, herbs and fruit.

Courses for this certificate support UN SDG 6.4: By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity

URL: https://continue.utah.edu/lifelong/western-horticulture

Website URL where information about the institution’s continuing education courses and programs in sustainability is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:


Continuing Education & Community Engagement Annual Report, FY 2018.
URL: https://ugs.utah.edu/annual-reports/CECE%20FY18%20Annual%20Report-002.pdf
-- # of AOCE courses

University of Utah Class Schedule Archives
URL: https://system.apps.utah.edu/portal/schedules.html

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