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Student-led solar projects at Utah’s universities

Two of the solar arrays on the west penthouse of the J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah. Universities across Utah are leaders in student-led sustainability programs and practices. Photo Credit: J. Willard Marriott Library

Two of the solar arrays on the west penthouse of the J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah. Universities across Utah and the nation are spearheading student-led sustainability programs that include renewable energy projects. Photo Credit: J. Willard Marriott Library

USA Today: Solar power more affordable for some Utah students, by Matthew Kunes

[Weber State University], an hour north of Salt Lake City, is one of many state universities tackling sustainable solutions to reduce the campus’s carbon footprint, which includes carbon neutrality, clean energy and energy efficiency. This year, its Sustainability Practices and Research Center will launch a new solar program that allows students, faculty and community members affordable access to solar energy for their homes. A typical five-panel set up, for example, might cost $2000, half of the normal expense.

Weber followed in the footsteps of a similar program sponsored by the University of Utah, which brought solar energy to Salt Lake City “U Community Solar” program in 2014.

Read more here.

In his article, Matthew Kunes mentions the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment. Universities, colleges, and community colleges across our nation have pledged to combat climate change, including the following signatories in Nebraska:

Central Community College, College of Saint Mary, Creighton University, Doane College

The American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (PDF)