At BYU, sustainability is central to our purpose and 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.
- Develop actions, targets, and metrics.
- Measure and report progress via STARS.
- Facilitate intersectional initiatives.
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Meet Our Team
Bremen Leak, Associate Director, Sustainability & Continuity
Carr Krueger, University Sustainability Officer
Heather Phipps, Lead Sustainability Coordinator
Flynn Moore, Sustainability Coordinator
Lucy Harper, Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability Working Group
- Ben Abbott, Plant & Wildlife Sciences
- Matt Giles, Buildings, Grounds & Transportation
- Carr Krueger (chair), Auxiliaries & Programs
- Bremen Leak, Sustainability & Continuity
- Heather Phipps, Plant & Wildlife Sciences (student representative)
- Keely Song, Dance
- Andrew South, Civil & Construction Engineering
- Branden Wilson, Risk Management & Environmental Health
- Eva Witesman, Public Management
Former members of the Working Group include Jaron Hansen, Chemistry; Rollin Hotchkiss, Civil & Environmental Engineering; and Chip Oscarson, Undergraduate Education.