Westminster is the First College to Receive a Blue Sky Legacy Award

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October 21, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY – Westminster College is a recipient of the 2020 Blue Sky Legacy Award — the first college to be honored with the designation. Rocky Mountain Power awards companies who have been long time visionary supporters of their Blue Sky Renewable Energy program and who are making a difference in their communities with sustainability measures.

Westminster’s support of the Blue Sky program began with a group of students learning about renewable energy credits as part of their economics coursework. Understanding the ecological importance of renewables, they were excited about supporting the development of renewable energy in the West. Before long, what began as a class project became a proposal for the college administration and ultimately led to the college’s Blue Sky partnership.

“This award means a lot to Westminster College because the discourse, locally and globally, around climate change has shifted a lot in the years since Westminster first joined the Blue Sky program,” says Bridger Layton, Environmental Center manager. “It feels great to know that the institution was a leader in the community and began the work early to build a sustainable energy future.”

The Environmental Center at Westminster promotes environmental awareness and leadership on campus and offers educational events, services that promote sustainable living and support for environmental projects. Learn more about Westminster’s student-led sustainability work: www.westminstercollege.edu/student-life/environmental-center

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About Westminster

Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.

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