||From the desk of President Michael K. Young: It has never been an easy task to meet the practical needs of the present without the risk of compromising our delicate relationship with the environment. The dramatic effects of climate on the world have forced us to reassess our way of living and come up with viable, sustainable solutions that will impact our collective future in sensible, positive ways. The University of Utah is dedicated to setting the standard for responsible and sensible actions with a plan that promotes thoughtful environmental stewardship and reduces our own carbon footprint on campus. Through the U's Office of Sustainability, we are reaching that delicate balance between environmental care, economic development, and social responsibility by introducing and expanding programs such as increased energy efficiency, sustainability-focused curricula, renewable energy production, and decreased dependence on single-occupant vehicles. In addition, students have created the Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund, which allocates resources for meaningful campus sustainability projects and new awareness campaigns. This Energy and Environmental Stewardship Initiative: 2010 Climate Action Plan will outline the University's efforts in laying out the scope of the challenge; defining goals, strategies and tactics; and creating a blueprint for that action. By bringing bright minds together and through thoughtful, decisive action, the University of Utah is leading the way in its commitment and response to key climate issues and working to create a more responsible, sustainable world in which to live and learn.