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The SEED2SOIL program brings together experts and stakeholders along with operational sustainability topics to expand, prioritize, and refine known opportunities for carbon reduction.

Process is led by the Cultivators, an administrative committee, meeting on a biweekly basis:
  • Lissa Larson (Facilities S&E)
  • Dr. Sarah Hinners (GCSC)
  • Sam Jensen Augustine (PDC)
  • Emerson Andrews (Sustainability Office)
  • Alexis Pearl Lee (UHealth)
  • Dana Holmes

  • Make an impact
  • Brainstorm your ideas to improve University operations in relation to sustainability
  • Have your research topic endorsed and funded
  • Have ideas guided by an expert
  • Network with experts, stakeholders, and cultivators


Social Enagement, Evaluation, and Discovery Seeds

Any event to capture ideas for projects that would improve University operations in relation to sustainability

  • SEED events may bring together subject matter experts, review campus operations, brainstorm new ideas, etc.
  • Ideas will be collected into a prioritization spreadsheet then sorted by “areas of influence.”

SEED Flowchart

Sustainable Operations Working Groups Hand with Seeds

Group of diverse stakeholders and subject matter experts related to one of the ten different areas of influence.

  • Each SOW group is lead by a chair (or co-chairs) to guide ideas through the SEED2SOIL process.
  • Group will meet for a full-day workshop annually* to review ideas generated during SEED discussions and prioritize projects to be developed to a shovel-ready state.

SOW Flowchart

Sustainable Operations Investment Leadership Wheelbarrow

Annual funding meeting in late February to review shovel-ready project proposals and commit to funding to high priority projects.

  • Funding committee will look at all prioritized projects and their supporting documentation to assign funding.
  • Attendees will include multiple partners with available funding.

SOIL Flowchart

Project Labor Accounting Navigation TeamShovel

Phase in which funded projects are being implemented.

  • Implementation may be led by other existing groups, such as Planning, Development, and Construction (PDC) or Small Project Teams.
  • Projects shall regularly report updates and status tracking to assigned SEED2SOIL representatives.

PLANT Flowchart

Historical Analytic Results & Visualized Evidence Support Team apple

Annual meeting to review projects that were selected for implementation; discuss lessons learned; and set any priorities or intentions for the upcoming year.

HARVEST Flowchart



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SEED2SOIL 2022 Awardees


The SEED2SOIL program proudly announces the following research grant awards for U Facilities-identified areas focused on improving campus operations and contributing to broader sustainability knowledge.  Each project represents researchers and students working collaboratively with U Facilities on real-world applications.

This Campus as a Living Lab (CLL) approach directly connects researchers with U Facilities representatives in a true One U, cross-campus collaboration on projects that would have otherwise been sourced to external firms.  Researchers are encouraged to develop results that improve sustainable operations for the U’s campus, the broader community, and beyond.

Chen Wang

Assistant professor of materials science and engineering

Nagendra Tanikella

Doctoral student of mechanical engineering

Barnali Sutradhar

Incoming doctoral student of materials science and engineering

Radhika Bhakta

A third-year undergraduate student majoring in quantitative economics and chemistry with a chemical engineering emphasis

Jianli Chen

Assistant professor of civil engineering

Kody Powell

Director of the DOE-funded Intermountain Industrial Assessment Center, assistant professor of chemical engineering, adjunct assistant professor of mechanical engineering

Blake Billings

Doctoral candidate in chemical engineering

Graduate and undergraduate students who have yet to be determined

Todd Easton

Professor of mechanical engineering

Cori Jackson

Incoming doctoral student in mechanical engineering

Kerry Kelly

Associate professor of chemical engineering

Darrah Sleeth

Associate professor of occupational and environmental health

Pierre-Emmanuel Gaillardon

Adjunct associate professor in the School of Computing, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering

Jianli Chen

Assistant professor of civil engineering

Tony Saad

Assistant professor of chemical engineering

Graduate students from chemical engineering and occupational and environmental health who have yet to be determined

Daniel Mendoza

Adjunct assistant professor of internal medicine and city and metropolitan planning, research assistant professor of atmospheric sciences

Tabitha Benney

Associate professor of political science

Casey Olson

Graduate student of atmospheric sciences

Undergraduate student researchers through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program who are yet to be determined

Andy Hong

Assistant professor of city and metropolitan planning

Anna Maki

Graduate student in city and metropolitan planning

Tom Millar

Associate instructor in city and metropolitan planning

Undergraduate student research assistant who is yet to be determined

John Lin

Professor of atmospheric sciences

Derek Mallia

Research assistant professor of atmospheric sciences

Maria Garcia

Research associate of atmospheric sciences

Daniel Mendoza

Adjunct assistant professor of internal medicine and city and metropolitan planning, research assistant professor of atmospheric sciences

Nic Hofmann

Undergraduate student researcher

Cathy Liu

Associate professor of civil and environmental engineering

Bei Wang Phillips

Assistant professor of computing and the Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute

Yirong Zhou

Doctoral student in civil and environmental engineering

Graduate student from the School of Computing who is yet to be determined

Last Updated: 12/20/22