Colorado River Study Finds Water Supply Challenges

A news story posted on Sustainable Water reports findings from the U.S. Department of the interior, that the Colorado River Basin will witness significant strain over the next 50 years as a result of climate change and increased water demand. The study shows a growing imbalance between future water supply and withdrawal demand from the basin. The supply gap is projected to be as high as 8 million acre-feet or 2.6 trillion gallons by… Read More

Dairy Council of UT/NV

Founded in 1953, the Dairy Council of UT/NV is one of 18 state and regional organizations across the country that works closely with the National Dairy Council office to communicate and promote dairy products. The Dairy Council of UT/NV is made up of a small group of dedicated professionals who work on behalf of local dairy farm families to educate consumers, generate public awareness, and communicate dairy's message. Promotion efforts represent local… Read More

Call for Proposals for Presentations: National Energy Extension Summit

Land-grant universities are increasingly tasked with offering community education on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Although not a new subject for many Extension Services, energy education presents challenges for educators to develop research-based programming for a new, rapidly evolving subject matter. Energy education’s reemphasis is also creating new opportunities for interstate collaboration. The inaugural National Energy Extension Summit will bring together both long-term and novice energy educators within Extension to discuss these… Read More

Business Recycling: Utah Governor's Office Incentives

In 1996, the Utah Legislature created the Utah Recycling Market Development Zone Program which focuses on recycling as an economic development tool. As more products are recycled and used to manufacture new products the economy will be stimulated through new company expansion or formation and the creation of additional jobs. The zone legislation was established to incent businesses to use recycled materials in their manufacturing processes and create new products for sale…. Read More

EPA Recognizes Seven Communities for Smart Growth Achievement

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently recognized seven communities with its 2012 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement. The Smart Growth awards are given for creative, sustainable initiatives that better protect the health and the environment of our communities while also strengthening local economies. The 2012 award winners are being recognized in four categories: Overall Excellence in Smart Growth, Equitable Development, Main Street or Corridor Revitalization, and Programs and Policies. Specific… Read More

International Year of Cooperatives

The United Nations declared 2012 the International Year of Cooperatives. As stated by the United Nations Secretary, General Ban Ki-moon, "Cooperatives are a reminder to the international community that it is possible to pursue both economic viability and social responsibility." International years are declared by the United Nations to draw attention to and encourage action on major issues. So… Did you know that Utah has a community-owned cooperative, located in Moab, called… Read More

Living Architecture Monitor Website Launched

 The Living Architecture Monitor (LAM) magazine is written to appeal to a wide-range of professionals involved in the green roof and wall industry in North America. The magazine supports Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ (GRHC) mission to increase awareness of the economic, social and environmental benefits of green roofs and green walls, and other forms of living architecture through education, advocacy, professional development and celebrations of excellence. Published quarterly, each issue features… Read More

Slow Money

As stated by the Slow Money Initiative, thousands of Americans are supporting a new direction for the economy, called Slow Money. Slow Money is bringing people together around a shared vision about what it means to be an investor in the 21st Century: It starts with the soil: The soil teaches us that we must put back as much as we take out to ensure long term health and a strong, secure, restorative… Read More

Intermountain Sustainability Summit The 4th Annual Intermountain Sustainability Summit will be held on February 28th and March 1st, 2013 in the Shepherd Union Building at Weber State University. Lots of exciting things are in store for this year’s Summit, including a big name keynote speaker, professional certification workshops, new partnerships with internationally renowned corporations, and quality seminars on a variety of topics. Be sure to check our website for the most up to date… Read More

Save the Date!

 The inaugural National Energy Extension Educator Summit will bring together those who focus on developing and delivering energy extension. Although current research related to renewable energy and efficiency will be discussed, the Summit will focus on educational programming and techniques, especially concerning energy efficiency, small-scale renewables (e.g. geothermal, solar, small wind), and community-scale projects (e.g. biomass, hydro, large wind). Planned agenda items include: Panel discussions of individual state education efforts and best… Read More