Fourth Annual Intermountain Sustainability Summit

There is a great opportunity coming up for those of us living in the intermountain region with an interest in a sustainable future. The Intermountain Sustainability Summit begins February 28, with events continuing through March 1 at Weber State University. Participants can choose from a variety of events, with main categories of recycling, water conservation, energy, and student opportunities. There are also several workshops: one on the planning, design, and techniques that go into LEED certification for buildings, and another on sustainable business development. Keynote speaker L. Hunter Lovins will talk about integrating sustainability into a capitalistic world for the betterment of all. The summit is especially an important weekend for students – the opportunities for networking learning are abundant. The summit website has all the important information. If you are hoping for an influential future career in sustainability or just want to learn how you can help improve things right now, don’t miss out on learning from experienced, like-minded people.

-Annie Gilliland

WSU Hosts Fourth Annual Intermountain Sustainability Summit

WRITER:        Kimberly Jensen, University Communications

                        801-626-7581 · kimberlyjensen6@weber.edu

     OGDEN, Utah –Businesses must use sustainable practices if they are to be profitable in today’s marketplace. That’s the message of the Fourth Annual Intermountain Sustainability Summit co-hosted by Weber State University and the Utah Recycling Alliance, Feb. 28 through March 1 in the Shepherd Union.

“The event brings together sustainability professionals across the region and provides an opportunity to gain the latest knowledge in recycling, waste management and conservation,” said Jennifer Bodine, WSU sustainability specialist. “Companies can learn how to get a green team going and gain information on how other businesses have implemented ecological practices. They’ll learn what practices have succeeded and which have failed.”

Achieving carbon neutrality, water conservation and waste reduction are a few of the topics being examined in workshops and lectures during the two-day event.

The conference will open with keynote speaker L. Hunter Lovins, president and founder of National Capitalism Solutions based in Colorado. Her presentation, “The Business Case For Sustainability” will discuss increasing both profits and quality of life. “Imagine a competitor paying a third of what you do for energy because they utilize solar and you use oil,” Lovins said. “You begin to see why the term sustainable needs to be taken seriously by companies, not just consumers. It turns out, in the end, it’s not so much about recycling as it is about your business going extinct.”

WSU is a case in point. The university saves a significant amount of money due to green initiatives. “Last year WSU saved nearly $1 million dollars in utility costs because of sustainability projects and cost-saving measures,” Bodine said. “These practices are gaining momentum because they make sense for the environment and a company’s bottom line.”

“The summit will offer a little bit of something for everyone,” Bodine said. “Both the beginner and the more advanced conservationist will come away with a new network of peers, the latest sustainability practices and the knowledge of how to implement them in their personal and business lives.”

Visit intermountainsustainabilitysummit.com for summit registration and schedule and weber.edu/wsutoday for more news about Weber State University.

‑ kj –

 

Contact:         Jennifer Bodine, WSU sustainability specialist

801-626-6421 · jenniferbodine@weber.edu

2 responses to “Fourth Annual Intermountain Sustainability Summit

  1. susutah……We would love it if more of your University of Utah Students would attend ISS 2013 4th Annual this year. So far, the largest number of UNIV Students attending ISS 2013 are enrolled @ UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY in Logan.

    DON’T forget to join us at the FB event page:

    ISS 2013 4th Annual
    https://www.facebook.com/events/370061603092827/

    This event page currently has 899 people on it. The EVENT PAGE will be carried over for ISS 2014 5th Annual. And will therefore become an interactive virtual community focused on Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship in Utah and will be ready to go, for ISS 2014.

    So come join us.

  2. We as a nation should be completely energy independent by 2020. We should look for ways to conserve energy, as well as increase domestic energy to accomplish this. The more we conserve energy will also mean less pollution and the climate change that goes with it.
    Cities should encourage businesses to create new tiered scheduling for their workers so to reduce rush hour traffic. Organizations should create 1 day a week for employees to telecommute or to take that day off. At any given day of the week, these companies will have 4/5 of their workers on site.
    Employers and state office workers would simply change the 8 hours per day 5 days a week to that of 10 hours per day 4 days a week. All the employees of every town would be given a number from 1 to 5….
    A 1 will be a Monday. All the way to 5 will be a Friday. They could rotate these numbers if necessary. There will be 4/5 of all employees on the road every day for the week. This will help with traffic jams by at least 1/5. If it is true 57 percent of the pollution is caused by tail pipes; this will greatly reduce this pollution. This will help reduce our demand for foreign oil, as well.
    Schools should be placed on a 4-day rotating school week, as well? The total population of students and their teachers would be divided into 5 groups. Each group would receive a number from 1 through 5. Then these students would get the day of the week off based on this number; where a 1 is for Mondays through a 5 is for Fridays. Then 4/5 of buses would only need to pick up 4/5 of all students on any given day. Though all students on a given bus route will need to be in school the 4 days on. By running only 4/5 bus routes per day, this reduces fuel costs and the pollution that goes with it by 1/5.
    Studies have shown students get into trouble the most between 3-5 pm after school. They are on the streets unsupervised during these times. As part of the 4 days a week school schedule, this school schedule will be changed from 8am-3pm 5 days a week to that of 8am-5pm 4 days a week. There will then be 1/5 fewer students on the streets. The parent’s day off should be the same as their kid’s school day off. This way, parents could watch students on their 1-day off.
    There will now be 4/5 of students and teachers, on a given day at the local school building. We have problems with school overcrowding. These cramped spaces may contribute to school bullying. We will then have 1/5 fewer students in the hallways between classes. Thus help reduce this bullying in the hallways.
    New city wide transportation software should be written to organize this new 4/5-workweek system. Each organization would allow their people to pick a day off. They would also assign a number to those people as well if necessary. Then all organization’s employees work schedules databases would be uploaded to this new software. The new 4/5 students school schedule databases would also be uploaded to this software, as well. This software will total all employees and students days off. Then see if they are equal to 4/5 days on. If not, then the businesses and schools will reorganize and resubmit their people’s schedules. This process will be repeated, until this software shows the total people on the roads to be equal to 4/5.
    This system will not only reduce pollution, it will help us achieve energy independence by 2020 as well.

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