The USU Extension Sustainability initiative offers programs for educators, youth, producers, and the general public in various areas of sustainability. Interested in professional development? University accredited sustainability certifications? Tools and techniques to save money and improve your lifestyle? Find them in our program series.
Explore USA Extension programs with a sustainability focus on this page. Each program offers sustainability information, workshops, and/or events. Environmental sustainability serves as the foundation as without healthy land, water, air, food, and forms of energy, economic and social sustainability are not possible. Discover programs available in your community, state, and/or across the United States. These programs are helping to improve our environmental, social, and economic conditions. Click here to view our national directory or to submit your program.
Permaculture and Bee Inspired Gardens Workshops
USU Extension Sustainability has partnered with Community Rebuilds (a nonprofit in Moab, UT providing energy efficient housing and sustainability education), campus-based professors and facilities to create the USU Permaculture Initiative. As part of this, we have delivered 6 permaculture workshops in Logan and Moab, UT. USU Extension Sustainability is helping create Utah’s first official campus permaculture gardens by planting all of USU Moab’s gardens in permaculture design, and implementing a permaculture garden on main campus in Logan.
To date, the gardens have diverted approximately 4000 bricks from the landfill by reusing bricks from an old building on campus. The 27 trees planted and additional perennial shrubs and plants will sequester over 900 pounds of carbon each year. As a spinoff from the campus permaculture movement, USU Extension Sustainability has been working with a group of community partners in Moab, UT, to created Moab Bee Inspired Gardens (BIG). Moab BIG implements community pollinator friendly, water-wise, edible gardens throughout the Moab area. The mission is: ‘To inspire locals and visitors using gardens, workshops, and classes in a way that demonstrates and supports related efforts towards pollinator health, community food systems, water conservation and an economy that provides for our people and benefits our ecology.” Learn more about these initiatives here.
Sustainable You! Camps
USU Extension Sustainability Summer Camps are designed to foster awareness and behavior change among youth through activities and reflection in the five major areas of environmental sustainability: Land, Air, Food, Water, and Energy. Objectives are to help youth 1) Discuss and reflect on key sustainability concepts; 2) Engage in daily activities that improve the natural environment; and 3) Learn daily actions extending beyond the camp that lessen their impact on our environment and conserve resources.
In August 2014, USU Extension Sustainability, in partnership with Canyonlands Field Institute, also launched a Sustainable You! Summer Camp at Canyonlands Field Institute headquarters in Moab, UT. Click here for more information.
Two sustainability camps were offered in the Summer of 2013: One at Stokes Nature Center in Logan, UT and the other at Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter in Park City, UT. More information can be found, here, along with how parents registered. Stay tuned for future Sustainable You! camps in these and other locations.
Utah Farm-Chef-Fork is a USDA Specialty Crop funded program, that is a collaboration between the USDA, Utah State University Extension Sustainability, and Slow Food Utah. The goal is to enhance community vitality and reduce food miles by connecting Utah producers and restaurants. Click here for more information.