Salt Lake City is feeling the effects of climate change, and city leaders are taking note. For many cities and states throughout the country, the issue continues to divide politicians and residents, and exposes existing partisan cleavages. However, leaders in Salt Lake City, UT, are working to bring all residents together to act for climate solutions.
The Utah Climate Action Network, a coalition of 20 public and private organizations, is working towards a simple goal. As Mayor Jackie Biskupski puts it, “climate solutions in the form of clean energy, active transportation, and stewardship of our water resources will solve a lot more than our dilemma with rising temperatures.” And the mayor has strong support.
Investing in solar and wind energy creates well paying, stable jobs, increasing energy efficiency standards helps slash energy bills, and less polluted cities are better places to live and raise a family. These are values and goals shared across partisan lines, and actions that must begin by bold leaders at the city level. Find out what you can do to lead in your community by visiting Path to Positive Communities!
SALT LAKE CITY – The words “climate change” can heat up a conversation, but a group of public and private organizations are working together to find common ground.
The newly formed Utah Climate Action Network gathered Wednesday to lay out their vision for confronting what they see as a global problem.
“The convening organizations were Salt Lake City, Park City, Salt Lake County Health Department, University of Utah and Alta Ski area,” said Tyler Poulson, SLC Sustainability Program Manager.
That list now includes 20 public and private sector partnerships. The variety of voices will address the realities of climate change.