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Utah Clean Energy - climate change leadership

Wednesday, 30 August 2017 14:42

Hurricane Harvey: You Can Make a Difference

In the wake of the disastrous rainfall and flooding that Hurricane Harvey unleashed in Houston, throughout coastal Texas, and into Louisiana, our hearts go out to all those affected by the storm.  This record-breaking event is one in a series of unprecedented storms in recent memory, and has been devastating to infrastructure, community wellbeing, and human life. 

We are deeply saddened by this event and its far reaching implications for the affected communities, and urge people to consider donating to the relief efforts of the American Red CrossHouston Food Bank, and the Houston Community Foundation.  Help is still needed, and your contributions will have a lasting impact on recovery efforts in the region.

In the wake of this disaster and the devastating flooding in South Asia, we at Utah Clean Energy are more motivated than ever to continue the important work we do to address climate change.  Scientists have described how climate change contributed to Harvey’s magnitude and intensity, not only in the damage caused by the storm, but also in the difficulty of rescue and relief efforts.  We cannot afford to continue ignoring the devastating effects of natural disasters amplified by climate change.  Now is the time for action to prevent similarly devastating occurrences in the future.

Tuesday, 02 May 2017 11:22

Path to Positive Utah

Climate change presents one of the greatest challenges of our time.  In order to amplify the great work being done by countless individuals and organizations to address climate change, we have teamed up with ecoAmerica and the Utah Climate Action Network to launch Path to Positive Utah, a campaign highlighting Utah’s climate champions.

Climate Champions

We recognize that in order to advance smart climate solutions cross a diverse range of communities, it is essential to continually empower new and diverse messengers to convey the concern, solutions and most importantly – hope – to meet the climate challenge head on. To this end, we have teamed up with ecoAmerica and the Utah Climate Action Network to launch the Path to Positive Utah (P2PUT) campaign.

Path to Positive Utah seeks to engage and support a diverse cohort of high-level community leaders from government, business, faith, higher education, and other organizations that are united in advancing climate solutions in Utah.

What the program entails:

  • Individuals support the Path to Positive declaration (see below)
  • Leaders choose how they want to engage
  • Commit to advancing smart climate solutions in their business/organization
  • Path to Positive will provide trainings and materials on climate change communications, program and technical guides
  • Leaders eligible to participate in a National Climate Leaders Forum
  • Leaders provided opportunities to provide success stories/editorials

Path to Positive Leadership Declaration

Utah is a state of pioneers - strong, capable, and innovative - with a firm connection to our values. As visionary leaders in business, government, higher education, faith, and community organizations, we take shared responsibility for protecting our economy, air quality, and environment. This includes climate change, which poses risks to our economic well-being, our families, and our quality of life. We will inspire and support resilient communities and smart solutions. In so doing, we can address climate change and forge the path for others by demonstrating Utah’s pioneering spirit and leadership.

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Path to Positive Utah is designed to address the facts of climate change – not advocate a specific policy or technical solution. If you are a leader or would like to nominate a leader to participate in P2PU, please contact Josh Craft at .

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Brewing a Better Climate

Climate change is impacting all of us, today, in places and ways you wouldn’t expect.  For example, who knew that the brewing industry is now in the crosshairs of a changing climate? At the end of the day, beer is an agricultural product, its main ingredients are water, hops, and barley. Climate change affects how and where hops and barley can be grown, forcing brewers to find ways to cope with unpredictable weather events, temperature swings and drought. 

Local brewer, Uinta Brewing is no exception.  Recognizing the need to take action on climate change, both for their business, and or our community, Utah based Uinta Brewing Company has become a leader in sustainable brewing. They were one of the first Utah businesses to go solar over a decade ago, and they have implemented impressive energy efficiency initiatives for their brewing practices. 

801 Community Builder

We all have a role to play in addressing climate change. Utah Clean Energy is a proud partner of Uinta’s 801 Community Builder brand, whose mission is to support local non-profit organizations by donating proceeds and generating awareness for causes that align with Uinta’s values.

Uinta Brewing Company introduced 801 Pilsner as a tribute to their hometown (historically the 801 area code encompassed all of Utah). The brewing company labeled 801 Pilsner as their "Community Builder" brand, and in the fall of 2016, they announced Utah Clean Energy as their next Community Builder partner. Utah Clean Energy is a leading Utah non-profit that specializes in solutions that combat climate change and build a new clean energy economy.

Thank you Uinta Brewing for supporting climate solutions in Utah! 

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