Land Water Air Food Energy


Extension Sustainability Summit: A Success

What was the Extension Sustainability Summit?

The 2013 Extension Sustainability Summit was developed by Roslynn Brain, Utah State University Extension Sustainability, and the Western Rural Development Center to bring together Extension professionals to share Extension programs and research in Environmental Sustainability.

Extension educators designed the Extension Sustainability Summit for Extension educators to assess what major environmental sustainability programs are currently being delivered through Cooperative Extension in the West, and to envision our future direction.

Environmental sustainability is envisioned to encompass five thematic areas: Land (conservation, reduce, reuse, recycle), Air (quality, climate change), Food (local food, sustainable food systems), Water (quality, conservation), and Energy (renewable, sustainable).

The Extension Sustainability Summit was held October 2-3, 2013, in Park City, Utah.


The Western Rural Development Center's Extension Sustainability Summit was a success for Extension and participants are already busy applying what they learned.

"I've been with Extension for more than twenty years, and this was one of the best meetings I've been to. I've found myself sharing things about the stories I heard, and distributing the materials to other people. It was an engaging meeting. Part of it was format, part of it topic, and part of it the people."
– Rose Hayden-Smith, University of California Cooperative Extension, Sustainable Food Systems

"It is always terrific to see what Extension colleagues are doing in other states. Thanks so much for letting us participate. As an Extension Specialist for 33 years, I thought it was very worthwhile."
– Phillip Rasmussen, Western SARE


Read the Outcomes and Impacts of the 2013 Summit here.

Videos, Radio, Western Rural Development Center

Utah State University Extension recorded the summit presentations. You may view them here.

Utah Public Radio also featured the summit on Wednesday's Access Utah. View the radio segment here.  

Find out more about the Western Rural Development Center by visiting their website here