University of Utah


Challenge Commitment
13.4Million Square Feet
Goals Progress
20%Reduction in Energy Intensity11%Cumulative (vs. Baseline)

The University of Utah, located in Salt Lake City in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, is the flagship institution of higher learning in Utah. Founded in 1850, it serves over 31,000 students from across the U.S. and the world. With over 72 major subjects at the undergraduate level and more than 90 major fields of study at the graduate level, including law and medicine, the university prepares students to live and compete in the global workplace. Known for its proximity to seven world-class ski resorts within 40 minutes of campus, the University of Utah encourages an active, holistic lifestyle, innovation and collaborative thinking to engage students, faculty and business leaders.

In 2010, The University of Utah established a carbon reduction goal of 25% by 2020. As part of that strategy, in conjunction with this challenge, the Energy Reduction Goal is also 20% by 2020. The University of Utah embraces these reduction goals with thoughtful, purposeful, and sophisticated strategies that produce replicable results for our facilities, and any similar facilities throughout the country. The strategies will align departments of all agendas and visions: energy and engineering, operations and maintenance, financial and business, educational and research. These groups will provide a means to reduce, avoid, and improve energy consumption, maintain and operate new and old systems alike, plan and manage financial vehicles and aspects for continuous evaluation of assets, and study, promote, and publish findings and technologies.