The University of Utah Sustainability Office and the Alta Environmental Center have awarded Youcan Feng, nominated by Dr. Steven Burian, one of four 2015 Alta Sustainability Leadership Awards for his outstanding
achievement in, Campus As A Living Laboratory, on March 6th, 2015. Youcan Feng was recognized as a student who has designed a research project that not only makes the U more sustainable but was designed and continues to serve as an educational platform for others at the University of Utah and institutions throughout the state. What started out as a research project exploring the evapotranspiration from different types of green roofs has now grown to include teaching, incorporation of other student researchers, expanding research to include irrigation, energy, and storm water management, in addition to collaboration with outside entities. The new Alta Sustainability Leadership Awards are presented on the basis of excellence in fostering leadership and commitment to the health of our community and our planet through an understanding of, and actions to enhance, the stability, resilience, and diversity of our intertwined natural, social, economic, and cultural systems at the U of U.