The University of Utah is a public research university in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. The university ranks among the top 50 U.S. institutions by total research expenditures, the 12th most ideologically diverse university in the country and is ranked 3rd by the EPA for annual green power usage among universities, with 31% of its power coming from wind and solar sources. Salt Lake City is the capital and the most populous municipality of the state of Utah; it has an area of 110.4 square miles and an average elevation of 4,327 feet. The climate of Salt Lake City is described as semi-arid, with hot summers and cold, snowy winters. The university is located in a large metropolitan area, but many students live in the neighbourhoods immediately surrounding the university. Salt Lake City has a thriving and vibrant festival culture. Various festivals happen throughout the year, celebrating the diversity of the communities in the Salt Lake Valley. From culture, food, religion and spirituality, to dance, music, spoken word, and film, almost any type of festival can be found, many of which have been ongoing for decades.