ENVST Student Logan Hastings Wins CSBS Internship of the Year
Environmental and Sustainability Studies
Save Our Canyons
Despite being a subpar social media plug, I think this picture perfectly encompasses the perks of my internship at Save Our Canyons. In addition to the materialistic perks of some backpacks, water bottles, an endless supply of Chums, and a multitude of pro deals, I have gained significant professional connections, personal experiences, and an unforgettable exposure to the natural beauty of the Wasatch.
Those stunning mountains in the background of the picture, also known as the Wasatch Range, are what Save Our Canyons diligently protects. From land use issues with ski resorts to watershed protection with Salt Lake County, this organization works with many groups and individuals to ensure the protection and enjoyment of the Wasatch. Working with such an amazing staff has definitely been a perk, not to mention we’ll be going rafting together this summer. As a first year Environmental Studies student, the connections I have made, not only with the staff, but with local legislators and public figures, have created a foundation for my professional career in Salt Lake City one year after being here.
This internship also had some major perks for my personal life. I have met mentors and friends that I hope to keep with me for the rest of my life. Also, whenever I wanted to escape campus, I would be “take a field day” of hiking, climbing, skiing in the Wasatch to capture some social media content and remind me why this landscape must be protected. Similarly, this internship extended my first year experience well beyond campus. In these mountains, I have found both adrenaline and refuge, which have developed a profound love for Wasatch that I will undoubtedly keep for the rest of my life.
Listening for Solutions
During the course of two transatlantic trips to India, and a semester of intercultural collaboration, University of Utah students discovered that before you can solve, you have to listen.
From December 2015 through June 2016, history professor Benjamin Cohen and Stephen Goldsmith, associate professor (lecturer) in the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning, built an interdisciplinary cohort of six University of Utah and nine Indian student researchers. Tasked by the United States Consulate General in Hyderabad to create ‘market-ready solutions for sustainable urbanization,’ the team chose to target water. Hyderabad, the capital of the Indian state Telangana, was once known as the city of lakes. Today, Hyderabad’s residents face water insecurity due, in part, to problematic urban development. Cohen and Goldsmith used the grant as a singular opportunity for U students to connect sustainability, culture and applied research toward addressing one of Hyderabad’swicked problems. For the whole article, click here