Jan/Feb 2022 Newsletter
A watershed moment

Figuratively, a watershed is a turning point or historic moment. Literally, it's an area of land that “sheds” water into a specific waterbody. At the heart of our watershed, the Great Basin, Utah Lake faces its own turning point. Will it be developed, or will it be restored?

As developers prepare to dredge the lake and, potentially, build a massive island city, concerned citizens are speaking out. Such mega-projects carry enormous risks, they say. Complicating matters, and threatening fair and open debate about the lake's future, is a recent lawsuit against a critic of the proposal, Dr. Ben Abbott. At a press conference yesterday, the BYU ecologist called for "cool heads and leaders with vision and moral courage," not bigger shovels.

This new year may have only just begun, but it's already asking big questions of us: What matters most? Where do we stand? What do we really want? As this story unfolds, we invite you to keep a stewardship mindset, study the science, and comment on the proposal, now available via the US Army Corps of Engineers website. It's a defining moment for a lake, yes, but also for us.


Honored at a home game last fall, BYU Dining Services director Dean Wright, who retires in March, has championed sustainability for decades. Read his Steward Story.


Did you know that BYU has its own bikeshare program? Save money and get fit with a semester rental for just $45, which includes a lock. Find your bike today.


Don't miss Free Fare February! Already free for BYU students and staff, the Utah Transit Authority is now free for everyone all month, an effort to clean the air. Learn more. 


Want to get involved? Two of our favorite nonprofits, LDS Earth Stewardship and Conserve Utah Valley, are looking for help. Find details on their websites.

We love hearing about sustainability events on campus and spreading the word. Check out what our friends at the Ballard Center for Social Impact are up to.

  • Today (2/2): Help the Ballard Center find impactful organizations to work with. Submit nominations by midnight on Feb. 2 for the chance to win $1000 for your team and $1000 for the organization you pitch.
  • 2/9-23: Enjoy films that highlight themes around diversity and belonging, such as "In the Heights" (2021), with free screenings on campus. RSVP.
  • 2/14-25: Learn  how the Ballard Center's classes, clubs, events, and internships can help you promote sustainable change for good. Sign up for an advisement session and get a cookie from Chip.

This year's Intermountain Sustainability Summit, hosted by Weber State University's Sustainability Practices and Research Center on Mar. 17, follows the theme "Reshaping Our Future." We're participating. Will you join us?
In late March, BYU's Campus Sustainability Week will feature lots of great events. To help our team, please get in touch. Here's a preview.
  • Campus Race to Zero Waste (formerly RecycleMania): In partnership with the National Wildlife Federation, this two-month competition tracks recycling across the US. Help BYU lead the pack!
  • 3/26: Cougar Cruise: From 11am to 1pm, this campus biking event will offer food, prizes, and a fun ride through campus. 
  • 3/28-4/1: We'll build a giant cardboard castle, learn from BYU faculty, and preview an upcoming exhibit on climate change. Stay tuned for details.

For health and safety reasons, BYU's Pitch90 competition will now take place in the fall. (Hey, that's more time to prepare a winning pitch.) Learn more.
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