Climate Change

The Earth’s climate is changing rapidly in response to anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gasses. The University recognizes that climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time (link to statement from Pershing/trustees). Researchers at the University of Utah are working to understand the spatial and temporal dynamics of these changes and the impact that they will have both locally and globally. Research being conducted at the University of Utah addresses the challenges associated with understanding and predicting the scientific processes driving change and the ecological responses to change. Interdisciplinary teams are working to imagine and implement solutions that draw on science, engineering, social science, and policy. Students in the GCSC’s “Global Changes and Society” course focused their class project in 2016 on climate change, developing new knowledge about climate change perception on campus and exploring opportunities for facilitating individual and institutional steps forward.

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Climate Change Certificate – Offered through the Department of Geography, this program will provide students with cutting edge knowledge about climate and climate change impacts and relevance.

The Energy and Environmental Stewardship Initiative: 2010 Climate Action Plan is the University of Utah’s road map for directing campus sustainability efforts and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

Society, Water, and Climate Initiative – A new, interdisciplinary faculty cluster. connecting research on hydrology, air quality, climate change, societal response, and policy, in order to lead society towards sustainable water solutions in a changing world.

Utah Climate Action Network – The University of Utah is a member of this partnership between government, research institutions, non-profits/foundations, faith-based organizations, the private sector, and individuals working to address climate change in Utah.

 

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