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

STARS v2.2

University of Utah
IN-49: Innovation C

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Amy Brunvand
Office of Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Air Quality Scholars

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

A project-based learning community for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in understanding and improving air quality.

Air quality is consistently identified as a top concern of voters in the Salt Lake City region. The Wasatch Front is subject to temperature inversions that concentrate pollution and the University of Utah is in an EPA non-attainment area for PM5 and ozone. Air Quality Scholars enables students to engage directly with this important community issue. Air Quality Scholars are sponsored by the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Sustainability Office, and the Global Change and Sustainability Center. The program provides scholarships, training, and engagement opportunities to U of U undergraduate and graduate students. For the Fall 2019 cohort, Air Quality Scholars:

--better understand campus and community efforts to improve air quality
--participate in the fall air quality symposium “The Air We Breathe” on October 3, 2019
--complete a campus or community project designed to improve air quality,
--present their findings at the spring air quality symposium

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:


Air Quality Scholars. Global Change and Sustainability Center.


Dan Reed and Mike Good, "It's Not Too Late to Clean Up the Air in Utah," Salt Lake Tribune, 13 October, 2019.
URL: https://www.sltrib.com/opinion/commentary/2019/10/13/dan-reed-mike-good-its/
Describes the Fall 2109 clean air symposium featuring more than 50 exhibits showing the vast array of research work from faculty, staff and students.

Library Research Guide: Air Quality on the Wasatch Front.
URL: https://campusguides.lib.utah.edu/c.php?g=972247&p=7027235
Library support for Air Quality Scholars.

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