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May 2022 Newsletter
Sustainability Meets Experiential Learning
To solve climate change and other global challenges, we need brilliant minds and wlling hands from every discipline. Just as BYU President Kevin J. Worthen urged the Class of 2022 to "take full advantage of ­propinquity," or nearness to others, we see the positive effects of collaboration on our campus every day.  

Case in point: Last month, students from the BYU Civil and Construction Engineering Sustainability Lab—Jacob Neil (Facility and Property Management), Liv Neeley (Civil Engineering), Spencer Burgon (Construction Management), and others—designed an award-winning, carbon-neutral community for transitioning homeless populations. Next, they'll compete nationally at the American Society of Civil Engineers' Sustainable Solutions Competition in June. Dr. Andrew South, one of the lab's directors, called their efforts "an excellent example of experiential learning activities, which we value highly at BYU." We wish them luck!

Special thanks to our 2022 capstone students Nicole Adams, Hayden Atchley, Daniel Jarvis, and Kyle Leatham (Civil and Construction Engineering), and to our on-campus interns Eduardo Rios Contreras (Global Supply Chain Management), Hutton Hagerman (Global Supply Chain Management), and Emily Peterson (Pre-Business), who helped us with research and events. Finally, congrats to all 2022 graduates! We can't wait to see what you do next!

Attend

What research, policies, and projects are shaping Utah Lake's future? Hear from experts at an important public forum TONIGHT at UVU, 6pm to 9pm. Attend online or in person. 

Ride

May is Provo Bike Month. Don't miss the city's 22nd annual Bike to Work (or Anywhere) Day on 5/5, with free breakfast stations throughout town, and other events all month long.

Volunteer

This Saturday (5/7), give our local canyons some TLC. Join us as we partner with Conserve Utah Valley and Provo City for the first Slate Canyon Saturday of 2022. Register.

Volunteer Again!

Urban trees lower temperatures, beautify cities, and help clean the air. Join us as we support Provo's efforts to plant 1,000 more, beginning at Pioneer Park on 5/21. Register. 
CALENDAR

Here's what's happening on campus and in our community.

5/3: Tonight's Utah Lake Summit, a free public forum hosted by Utah House Representative Keven Stratton and Conserve Utah Valley, explores the latest policy, science, and conservation impacting Utah Lake, where a massive island city has been proposed by property developers, 6pm to 9pm at UVU. Register.

5/5: It's Bike to Work (or Anywhere) Day, with free breakfast stations around Provo. And don't miss other Provo Bike Month events, including a bike-in movie, Napoleon Dynamite, on 5/27. Learn more.

5/7: Slate Canyon Saturday offers educational and social activities for all ages, trail cleanups, and mountain biking lessons. Join Conserve Utah Valley, Provo City, and BYU Sustainability, 9am to noon at Slate Canyon Park. Register.
 
5/20: The First Annual Utah County Sustainability Summit convenes leaders in government, business, and natural resource stewardship for networking and knowledge sharing, 8:30am to noon at UVU. RSVP

5/31: All through May, the Ballard Center for Social Impact is collecting ideas for its Social Impact Scavenger Hunt. Students may contribute ideas via email at ballardnews@byu.edu or on Instagram by the end of the month.


6/1: Ahead of October's International Academic Conference of Sustainable Development Goals, hosted by UVU, registration for posters, presentations, and authors is closing soon. Learn more.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

"Whoever you are is already the perfect person to care [about climate change]," said Katharine Hayhoe, chief scientist for the Nature Conservancy, at an interfaith event hosted by the Latter-day Saint Creation Care Coalition, a BYU Sustainability partner. "So, bond over something you share, connect the dots to how we both care about climate change, and last of all, talk about real climate solutions and what they look like.” Watch the video.
Did we miss anything? Help us improve our newsletter by contributing ideas and events. Share your suggestions with us at sustainability@byu.edu. 
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