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BYU Clubs and Organizations
Environmental issues affect every aspect of life on Earth, requiring diverse approaches and participants. Here are some clubs on BYU campus that foster the values of environmental justice and stewardship.
BYU Environmental Science Club
BYU Environmental Science Club
We are the Environmental Science Club at Brigham Young University. Our mission is to bring students in the environmental science major together and provide opportunities to connect with professionals.
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BYU Earth Stewardship
BYU Earth Stewardship is a group of environmentally conscious students dedicated to achieving sustainable lifestyles and wisely managing our stewardship of the earth. We have weekly meetings and regular service projects.
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BYU Student Sustainability Initiative
The BYU Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) is a student-led organization whose goal is to increase sustainable practices at BYU on an institutional level and create a campus culture more focused on environmental sustainability. While we work with administration to establish a Sustainability Office, students currently participate in various projects to have an impact now including: improving access to recycling, establishing student composting, holding educational events, and local service projects.

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BYU Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby
We are a small (and growing) CCL Chapter. We work closely with the Salt Lake Chapter and Climate Utah. We also work with clubs on campus, like BYU Earth Stewardship Club and the Environmental Science club.

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Local Environmental Organizations
We asked our students and faculty what groups and movements had helped them understand environmental issues and make a difference. Here is the list! (Being listed here does not imply that we endorse all the views or practices of all these groups. This is just a place to get started as you explore how to fulfill your divine calling as a steward of God's Creation.)
LDS Earth Stewardship
Mormon Environmental Stewardship Alliance
The Nature Conservancy
Citizen's Climate Lobby
Bicycle Collective
BikeWalk Provo
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
Sierra Club Utah
SLC Air Protectors
SLC Brown Berets
Union of Concerned Scientists
Utah Clean Energy
Utah County Sustainability Coalition
Utah Lake Commission
Utah Moms for Clean Air
Utah Valley Permaculture
Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment
Utah Recycling Alliance
Leaders for Clean Air
Utah Rivers Council
Utah Society for Environmental Education
Utah Valley Earth Forum
Utah Youth Environmental Solutions
Save Our Canyons
Provo Sustainability Committee
Civil Riot
Elders Riot
Extinction Rebellion
Fridays for Future Utah
In a few decades, the relationship between the environment, resources, and conflict may seem almost as obvious as the connection we see today between human rights, democracy and peace.
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Environmental Science & Sustainability in the News
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May 18, 2020 09:58 PM
ESS professor Zach Aanderud and his team of students use cutting-edge molecular methods to track COVID-19 in municipal wastewater.
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ESS undergraduate Natasha Griffin has presented at conferences in Europe, ridden in a helicopter and visited both the North and South Poles to figure out how humans are affecting the Earth.
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April 08, 2020 10:36 AM
ESS PhD student Sara Sayedi wanted to use science to improve policy in her home country of Iran, but politics limited her work in the public arena. Now at BYU, she is influencing policy at a global scale.
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BYU team investigates ecosystem resilience to wildfire, linking plants, streams, climate, and society
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Professor Sam St. Clair from the Environmental Science & Sustainability program takes the vitals of one of North America's keystone tree species.
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January 16, 2018 10:00 PM
ESS professor Ben Abbott presents a new tool to fight nutrient pollution. Streams can be “sensors” of ecosystem health, allowing both improved water quality and food production.

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September 11, 2018 10:00 PM
Dance professor Keely Song and ESS professor Ben Abbott teamed up to promote BYU's free UTA passes to students, employees, and their families.
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July 03, 2020 03:29 PM
While at BYU, Dr. Gary Booth taught a wide range of subjects. Students and faculty alike appreciated Booth and his impact on the college.
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July 23, 2020 09:56 AM
After reading 115 studies on COVID-19, ESS faculty and students published non-technical report on the effectiveness of masks at slowing the spread.
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June 27, 2013 10:00 PM
If Utah’s quaking aspen appear to be quaking more than usual this summer, the trees have reason to tremble, says a Brigham Young University biologist. In dappled forests across the West, aspen trees are battling deadly killers from heat stroke to bud-nipping predators to tree “heart attacks.”
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March 17, 2020 11:10 AM
ESS professor Ben Abbott co-authored a study in Nature on the permafrost climate feedback. Working with an international team, he found that abrupt permafrost collapse could double carbon release.
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June 10, 2019 10:00 PM
A new study in Nature Geoscience led by ESS professor and students found that the global water cycle is incorrect even in modern papers and textbooks. 85% of diagrams show no people, despite human domination of water at a global scale.
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June 29, 2020 02:18 PM
Professors and students from Environmental Science & Sustainability lead research projects from Antarctica to Alaska.
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February 03, 2019 10:00 PM
The solution to nutrient pollution could be right below out feet. Literally. New study reveals the active and dynamic world of groundwater microbes.
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By Carlee Reber
June 05, 2019 01:06 PM
Will we show up in the geologic record in millions of years? The Anthropocene suggests the answer is yes: collective human impact on the environment will leave a definitive mark in future bedrock.
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