In 2010, the University of Utah completed its first Climate Action Plan. Since that time, great progress has been made and much has changed. Climate change worsens existing problems globally and locally. Hot summers become hotter, droughts threaten water supply and fuel wildfires, and historically marginalized members of our community experience these consequences most intensely. Fortunately, the University of Utah is well positioned to address the needs of our students, employees, patients, and the surrounding community. We are currently creating a new Climate Change Action Plan, which will outline steps toward a more sustainable and equitable future.
There is a lot to celebrate, and important work still to do. Acknowledging that we must act as quickly as possible, I am moving up the target date for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from 2050 to 2040. The new Climate Change Action Plan will help us achieve this goal by outlining bold steps toward a more sustainable and equitable future. –President Taylor Randall