Utah has a growing, dynamic economy based on its natural riches. From 2000 feet in southeastern Utah’s Mojave Desert to King’s Peak at over 13,000 feet in the Uintah Mountains, Utah is home to a stunning and broad diversity of ecosystems, geologies, flora and fauna, some 3,000 species of plants, 1000 species of bees, as well as millions of migrating birds. Visitors come from across the globe to visit the natural wonders Utah’s National Parks and other wonders of Utah’s unique environment. In addition, the state is an energy producer, exploiting virtually every type of energy, including coal, gas, oil shale, wind, solar and geothermal resources. Researchers and students at the University of Utah study ecology, energy, ecotourism, sustainability, policy, and industry both on campus and in diverse, stunning field locations. Students have devised new water plans for the University, created bike lanes downtown, brought healthier food to campus and designed research to test how to decrease energy use in dormitories.