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Hold your breath: efforts to improve air quality still in early stages

Air quality in Cache Valley was recorded in recent years as some of the worst in the nation, and the season for that bad air has once again arrived.

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More than $20,000 in sustainability projects to be funded by USU student fee

Air hand dryers, a Residential Service & Sustainability Institute and an effort to improve winter cycling in Logan are just some of the more-than $20,000 worth of student-created initiatives approved by Utah State University before the holiday break.

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USU installs two electric vehicle charging stations in faculty-staff lot

Utah State University associate professor Claudia Radel wasn’t crazy about switching to an electric vehicle when it came time to buy a new car for the family, but then she got behind the wheel and wondered how she lived without it.

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upcoming events

5 Jan at 10:00 AM

Little Naturalists: Story Time at Swaner

Little Naturalist is the perfect program for 3 to 5 year olds who are curious about animals, their…

5 Jan at 2:00 PM

Solar Panel Ribbon Cutting

12 Jan at 10:00 AM

Little Naturalists: Story Time at Swaner

Little Naturalist is the perfect program for 3 to 5 year olds who are curious about animals, their…

Irrigation at USU

The grounds at USU are watered with canal water rather than treated culinary water. It saves the energy used to purify the water for people.

Aggie Shuttle Buses

Aggie shuttle buses are paid for by student fees and burn natural gas rather than diesel fuel.  Catch the shuttle today!

Bottled Water

Aggies . . .The bottled water industry uses 1.5 million tons of plastic every year. If only 15% of U.S. college students used reusable mugs or bottles instead of disposable every day, we’d eliminate over a billion containers each year.

USU Electricity

USU generates electricity using water and natural gas, thereby reducing the amount of coal produced power needed to power campus.

Rain Bird

It’s USU’s computerized watering system. Rain Bird Maxicom gathers real time weather station data to conserve our water yet keep our campus green.

USU Co-Gen

USU’s Central Energy Plant natural gas cogeneration facility both powers and heats campus!

Aggie Blue Bikes

Question:What organization has over 280 two-wheelers on campus? Answer: Aggie Blue Bikes provides free, healthy transportation. Check ‘em out & use them www.usu.edu.ucc/bikes/.

USU Recycling

USU recycles about 25% of its waste stream each year, including paper, cardboard, plastics 1-7, glass, metal, rigid Styrofoam, batteries, and more. Learn more about USU Recycling Center!

Save a Watt-Save a Lot!

Did you know that USU has retrofitted 3.5 million square feet of space with new efficient fluorescent lighting, reducing the power bill by 30%!

Local food

Eighteen percent of USU Dining Services food purchases were grown, processed, or both.

USU Central Heating

USU central heating system burns natural gas and has reduced air pollutants in Cache Valley by over 230 tons annually.