Sustainability at EHSL

Growing a Seed Library

The Eccles Health Sciences Library has partnered with the College of Nursing, Edible Campus Gardens and the FeedU Pantry to build a Seed Library! It is aimed at increasing access to locally grown food, providing food for those with food insecurity, facilitating local plant resilience to disease, and promoting community well-being for Health Sciences students, staff and faculty. 

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The role of the Eccles Health Sciences Library Sustainability Committee is to assist EHSL in meeting the University of Utah’s sustainability mission to create a culture of students, faculty and staff who are socially, economically and environmentally responsible.


  • Sustainability-Related

  • Sustainability-Events

  • Sustainability-Resources

  • Goals

    • To promote and implement sustainability initiatives
    • To facilitate awareness of sustainability issues
    • To encourage broader involvement in sustainability efforts


    • Recycling
      • Where do/can we recycle various materials?
      • Is our current recycling effort effective?   Is stuff getting recycled?
    • Energy Conservation
    • Request a new EHSL energy assessment.
    • Green Office Certification
    • Promoting sustainability – publicize on panels with slides, on-boarding information, regular awareness raising efforts, programming

    Areas of Focus

    • Equipment and Supplies
    • Recycling and Composting
    • Energy and Water Use
    • Travel and Transportation
    • Communication with Campus and Beyond
    • Green Education and Training


    EHSL with invitation to other units in the building to join in the effort with communication to the list

    Current Members

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    • Jarvis, C, Gregory, JM, LeBer J. Making it Easy: Green and Sustainable Library Event Planning. Medical Library Association. Chicago, IL, May 19, 2014.
    • Gregory JM, Nichols K, Wilson M. Building Sustainable Partnerships: Libraries as Partners In Creating and Supporting Campus Green Teams.  Medical Library Association, Chicago, IL, May 18, 2014.
    • Nichols, KE, Gregory JM, Willson M. Libraries as Partners in Creating and Supporting Campus Green Teams. Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Nashville, TN, October 7, 2013.

    Survey Results

    PDF download of the full survey results (click on the image below) or view in your browser

    2017 EHSL Sustainability Survey

    2017 EHSL Sustainability Survey