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A Sustainable Summer

Marking Juneteenth and the start of summer, the BYU Sustainability Office met on June 19th with students, campus leaders, and local partners at River Park, one of campus's hidden gems. Next to massive cottonwoods and the peaceful Provo River, we got acquainted, and we got inspired to make our campus even more sustainable and inclusive. Thanks to everyone who came, including a few lively ducks and a river-romping collie.

Bike-friendlier Than Ever

Our campus has been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as bicycle-friendly, making BYU a great place to ride. Visit BYU Bicycling to learn more, or visit Move Utah to celebrate 100+ miles of multi-use trails all throughout June. Need a bike? BYU’s Outdoors Unlimited offers short-term rentals, and BYU's Bike Sharing program offers long-term rentals.

Bike lanes, multi-use trails, mountain-biking routes—find it all just minutes from campus. Photo by Nate Edwards/BYU

Sprucing Up Slate Canyon

To celebrate Earth Day, BYU joined Conserve Utah Valley, Provo City, and Utah Valley University—about 400 volunteers in all—for a day of service at nearby Slate Canyon. The April 24th project included landscaping, graffiti removal, litter collection, and plant and wildlife identification—with a little help from mobile apps and friendly staff from BYU's Bean Life Science Museum. Missed the cleanup? Visit conserveutahvalley.org to learn how you can help sustain our canyons, foothills, open spaces, and waters.

Relying on apps and experts, citizen scientists at Slate Canyon identified vetch, primrose, spurge, and other plants, as well as birds and insects. Spurge, at right, is an invasive plant with high toxicity. Photos by Bremen Leak

Preserving and Protecting Y Mountain

Thanks to all the BYU students and volunteers who helped us kick off Earth Month at Y Mountain on April 8th. Led by Dr. Matthew Madsen, this conservation corps replaced invasive plants with native grasses grown in the BYU Life Sciences Greenhouse, enjoyed valley views, and learned about restoration ecology. Their efforts will decrease the risk of wildfire at the trailhead, curb erosion, and increase foraging opportunities and habitat cover for mule deer and other animal populations. Read coverage in The Daily Universe.

A restorative afternoon at BYU's favorite trailhead. Photo by Bremen Leak

Our Mission

Brigham Young University believes that, along with our responsibility to educate students and to prudently use the sacred funds entrusted to us, we have a responsibility to be wise stewards of the earth and its resources. "The Lord said, 'For it is expedient that I, the Lord, should make every man accountable, as a steward over earthly blessings, which I have made and prepared for my creatures'” (Doctrine & Covenants 104:13).

At BYU, this means we pursue opportunities for sustainability that we believe make a genuine difference and that also makes economic sense. We make sustainability a reality on campus through the concerted efforts of students, faculty, staff, alumni, vendors, partners, and university leadership.

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