Institute for Land, Water, and Air


Utah State University is building new pathways to engage policy makers with important research in land, water, and air. The institute is an interdisciplinary initiative designed by President Noelle Cockett to bring together two critical discussion spaces—USU’s research programs and state, county, and city governments—to create a positive impact for Utah. To strengthen that connection, the institute reports directly to the Office of the President and collaborates closely with the Office of Research and the Vice President for Federal and State Relations.


USU envisions a Utah with a high quality of life for our citizens that values and optimizes our state’s shared resources while managing continued growth.


The institute brings together USU land, water, and air researchers and connects them with Utah problem solvers.


  • Listening and feedback
  • Data-driven decision making
  • Compelling communication
  • Shared partnerships
  • Non-partisan perspective

RESEARCH by the Numbers


USU faculty researchers in the areas of land, water, and air


Land/water/air professors at USU who have had Utah research partnerships


Utah cities that participated in USU land/water/air events in 2020