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At BYU, sustainability is central to our purpose and integral to our faith. Watch our new video.

BYU Sustainability: Central to our Purpose, Integral to our Faith

BYU students, faculty, and staff share what sustainability means to them—and what BYU is doing to conserve resources, improve health, and increase understanding at a critical time for the university and the world.

This video was produced in the summer of 2021 by the BYU Sustainability Office and features Dr. Ben Abbott, professor of ecosystem ecology; Eliza Estes, a biodiversity and conservation major who works in the Sustainability Office; Mahina Piena, a civil and environmental engineering major; and Eric Lemus, an environmental law student. Infigo Films, a local production company founded by BYU graduates, shot and directed the film.

Loving Utah Lake: A State Park Cleanup with LDS Earth Stewardship (10/30)

Photo by Bremen Leak

On a clear, sunny Saturday, BYU Sustainability joined nonprofit LDS Earth Stewardship for a fall cleanup at Utah Lake State Park. About 25 volunteers, including families with children, pulled weeds and picked up trash along the main entry road and atop a mound of dredged lakebed. BYU students from the life sciences, law, and engineering colleges, along with other BYU staff and community members enjoyed views of snowcapped peaks, brilliant fall colors, and milky blue waters. Special thanks to LDSES board members Shannon Ellsworth, who serves on Provo City Council, and Brigham Daniels, who teaches environmental law at BYU, for organizing this event.

Beyond pollution and the spread of toxic algal blooms, Utah Lake is threatened by drought and urban development. A keystone of our ecosystem and the centerpiece of our community, it provides critical habitat, abundant recreational opportunities, and invaluable ecological benefits, such as the creation of local precipitation, and it needs our care. To learn more about Utah Lake and to find ways to get involved, visit BYU's Utah Lake Symposium website.

Slate Canyon Saturday: Partnering with Conserve Utah Valley and Provo City (9/25)

Photo by Bremen Leak

Teaming up with local nonprofit Conserve Utah Valley and Provo Parks & Recreation, BYU Sustainability organized the last Slate Canyon Saturday of 2021, on September 25th. Volunteers filled three truck beds with tires, trash, and trimmings. Special thanks to BYU professors Clint Whipple and Ron Harris and BYU Recycling's Bill Rudy for joining us!

Our Mission (under revision)

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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