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

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

BYU students, faculty, and staff share what sustainability means to them, answering the question, "What is BYU doing to conserve resources, improve health, and increase understanding at a critical time for the university and the world?" This video features Dr. Ben Abbott, professor of ecosystem ecology; Eliza Estes, a biodiversity and conservation major who worked in the Sustainability Office when this film was produced; 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.

Sustainability, Defined at BYU

As beneficiaries of God’s creations, we have a divine stewardship to care for one another and the Earth; in doing so, we meet the needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

"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 and Covenants 104:13).


At BYU, we commit to sustaining the Earth for all God’s children and creatures. We magnify this divine stewardship through our individual and institutional conduct, leading by example, and inspiring worldwide learning and service.


We envision a BYU campus and culture that cultivates lifelong stewardship by wisely managing resources in the top quartile of our defined sustainability measures.


We aim to further demonstrate proactive, impactful stewardship by integrating sustainable practices and attitudes into all aspects of campus and alumni life, including facilities, operations, scholarship, education, citizenship, and devotion.

2022/2023 Priorities

  1. Develop actions, targets, and metrics.
  2. Measure and report progress via STARS.
  3. Facilitate intersectional initiatives.

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Meet Our Team

Sustainability Office

Bremen Leak, Associate Director, Sustainability & Continuity

July 13, 2022 11:02 AM
Bremen Leak, Associate Director, Sustainability & Continuity
Bremen leads strategic planning for sustainability and resilience at BYU. An experienced program manager, he has worked previously for Yale University, Johns Hopkins University, and the Natural Resource Governance Institute. He grew up in Kansas City, Mo., and earned degrees from BYU and the University of Oxford.

Carr Krueger, University Sustainability Officer

July 13, 2022 10:57 AM
Carr Krueger, University Sustainability Officer
Carr serves as the executive leader of BYU’s auxiliaries and programs, including the Sustainability Office. Prior to joining BYU, he and his wife raised their family in the Seattle area while leading two large consulting firms. A graduate of BYU and Cornell University, he has served on many BYU alumni boards and associations.

Lucy Harper, Sustainability Coordinator

February 19, 2023 07:23 PM
Lucy is a biodiversity and conservation major from the Seattle area. She splits her working time between the Sustainability Office and a local hydroponic farm. She has a passion for sustainable agriculture, cooking, and kayaking, and a new obsession with cross country skiing.

Flynn Moore, Sustainability Coordinator

September 13, 2022 06:37 PM
Flynn Moore, Sustainability Coordinator
Flynn is an environmental science major from Houston. He brings solar industry experience, a love of the outdoors, and an interest in clean energy. He also speaks Spanish and studies entrepreneurship at the BYU Marriott School of Business.

Julia Pun, Sustainability Coordinator

August 17, 2023 02:22 PM
Julia is a premarketing major from Portland, Oregon. She appreciates nature and wants to use her marketing skills to help educate students about stewardship. In her free time, she enjoys baking bread and cooking.

Christopher Rose, Sustainability Coordinator

January 23, 2024 09:58 AM
Christopher is an environmental science and sustainability major who serves on BYU’s Sustainability Working Group. His interests include trumpet, classic and electric cars, and spending time with his wife. He is from American Fork, Utah.

Sustainability Working Group

Sustainability Working Group

  • Ben Abbott, Plant & Wildlife Sciences
  • Matt Giles, Buildings, Grounds & Transportation
  • Carr Krueger (chair), Auxiliaries & Programs
  • Bremen Leak, Sustainability & Continuity
  • Christopher Rose, Plant & Wildlife Sciences (student representative)
  • Keely Song, Dance
  • Andrew South, Civil & Construction Engineering
  • Josh Thayn, Risk Management & Safety
  • Eva Witesman, Public Management

Former members of the Working Group include Jim Dain (Physical Facilities), Jaron Hansen (Chemistry), Rollin Hotchkiss (Civil & Environmental Engineering), Chip Oscarson (Undergraduate Education), David Smith (Environmental Health & Safety), Branden Wilson (Environmental Health & Safety), and Heather Phipps (Plant & Wildlife Sciences student).