GCS 2012 Student Project: Red Butte Creek

Global Changes & Society 2012

2012 Global Changes and Society class

L to R: Thomas Walsh, Youcan Feng, Vachel Carter, Tim Price, Olivia Miller, Jim Ehleringer, John Heiberger, Jerry Schneider, Kyle Steffen, and Shima Hamidi.

Follow these links to see how the student-led project developed over the course of a semester:

  • Theme: “Sustainability of Red Butte Creek and of urban streams.” Red Butte Creek is a watershed that spans from montane origins through life as an urban stream.
  • Identifying a focus area – education and perspectives from faculty, government administrators, and planners.
  • Focusing in on that portion of Red Butte Creek that passes through the University of Utah
  • Defining the project, goals, and objectives.
  • Development and presentation of a plan.

Red Butte Creek Student Project

The Red Butte Creek Project was initiated by an interdisciplinary group of GCSC-affiliated graduate students in a course on Global Changes and Society (Spring 2012). This project-based course engaged graduate students from geography, civil and environmental engineering, city and metropolitan planning, geology and geophysics, mechanical engineering, biology, and mathematics. Together, these students identified the opportunities for research, education, and outreach that would be possible with recognition, revitalization, and incorporation of the RBC system as an asset. They began a dialog among the University administration, colleges and departments, the student body, and other stakeholders about the untapped potential of the stretch of RBC that flows through the heart of campus. Download the project overview.

The 2013 GCS class built upon the foundation laid by the 2012 class. You can read about the 2013 project here.