The University of Utah

I earned both my Bachelor of Science in Finance and my Juris Doctor with a concentration in corporate law from the University of Utah, a research university located in Salt Lake City. The school came into existence in 1850 as the University of Deseret, established by the provisional State of Deseret’s General Assembly. However, three years later the school closed its doors until it was reestablished in 1867 under Chancellor David O. Calder, who facilitated the school’s move from the Salt Lake City Council House to Union Square. In 1892, the school’s name was officially changed to the University of Utah. The S.J. Quinney College of Law, which I attended, was founded in 1913 and served as Utah’s only law school until the 1970s. Over the next several decades, the university quickly expanded, becoming the important institution that it is today. Among all of the universities in the United States, the University of Utah ranked fifth for its green power usage, obtaining in excess of 20% of its power from wind and solar energy. Committed to sustainability, the university has founded a permanent office to coordinate efforts and additionally hosts a cogeneration plant. With high standards of energy efficiency, many of the school’s buildings have been upgraded to ensure compliance. A number of campus shuttles facilitate student transportation, all of which are powered by biodiesel and vegetable oil. This year, the university received As on its College Sustainability Report, issued by the Sustainable Endowments Institute, for administration, climate change and energy, food and recycling, and transportation. Participating in NCAA Division I athletics, the Utes have experienced great success over the past decade, garnering considerable attention for the University of Utah. Last year, the football team won the Sugar Bowl, following its victory in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl.

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