Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.70
Liaison Alexi Lamm
Submission Date Oct. 31, 2019

STARS v2.2

Utah State University
PRE-2: Points of Distinction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete N/A Alexi Lamm
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities
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Name of the institution’s featured sustainability program, initiative, or accomplishment:
Food waste and food insecurity reduction

A brief description of the institution’s featured program, initiative, or accomplishment:

USU began composting and participating in the Food Recovery Network in 2015. Since then, the university has added an electric vehicle and tub grinder to the compost system. Students have also started the USU Campus Kitchen and gleaning team. These programs keep thousands of tons of food waste out of the landfill while providing record numbers of students with food in the student nutrition access center (SNAC). Additionally, the Utah Conservation Corps Urban Farm grows food to meet fresh produce needs of SNAC and the Cache Community Food Pantry.


Which of the following impact areas does the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Food & Dining
Waste
Diversity & Affordability

Website URL where more information about the accomplishment may be found:
STARS credit in which the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
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A photograph or document associated with the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment:
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Name of a second highlighted sustainability program/initiative/accomplishment:
Water Conservation

A brief description of the second program/initiative/accomplishment:

Since 2007, USU has drastically reduced water use. Savings primarily come from changes in space use and leak detection. Newer buildings also meet LEED Silver standards or above, which means newer landscapes are more water efficient.


Which impact areas does the second program/initiative/accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Buildings
Grounds
Water

Website URL where more information about the second program/initiative/accomplishment may be found:
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STARS credit in which the second program/initiative/accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
OP-21: Water Use

A photograph or document associated with the second program/initiative/accomplishment:
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Name of a third highlighted program/initiative/accomplishment:
GHG Progress

A brief description of the third program/initiative/accomplishment:

In 2007, USU committed to become carbon neutral by 2050. In 2019, the Faculty Senate and USU Student Association passed resolutions asking the university to redouble its efforts. A Greenhouse Gas Steering Committee is now creating a plan to reduce carbon emissions more quickly.


Which impact areas does the third program/initiative/accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Campus Engagement
Air & Climate

Website URL where more information about the third program/initiative/accomplishment may be found:
STARS credit in which the third program/initiative/accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
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A photograph or document associated with the third program/initiative/accomplishment:
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