Salt Lake City Commits to Landmark Resolution

Salt Lake City Commits to Landmark Resolution
13 July 2016

The team here couldn’t be more excited, inspired and revved-up by a recent announcement from Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and City Council on a Joint Resolution to transition the community to 100 percent renewable electricity sources by 2032 and an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2040. What a great day to live in Salt Lake City!

“This is the most ambitious step ever taken by Salt Lake City to address the threat of climate change,” said Mayor Biskupski.  “This commitment places the City among leading communities worldwide that acknowledge our responsibility to rapidly reduce emissions and forge a new path forward that protects our economies, societies and overall human well-being.”

This goal is the latest in a long line of Salt Lake Cities’ ambitious energy efficiency and clean energy efforts.  Salt Lake City had previously committed to 100 percent renewable electricity sources for its government operations, along with major carbon reductions for City operations.  And, through Salt Lake City’s Project Skyline initiative, the City is working with building owners, utility partners, and others to make the largest buildings across the city more energy efficient.

This resolution expands the scope of these efforts to include all electricity and emissions on a community-wide scale. “I commend Mayor Biskupski and the City Council for leading the way in seizing Utah’s clean energy and economic potential,” said Utah Clean Energy Executive Director, Sarah Wright. “We have everything to gain through this Resolution – from new jobs, economic growth, better air and a stable climate; this is a win-win for the residents and businesses of Salt Lake City as well as the rest of Utah.”

The Joint Resolution cites the scientific consensus that climate change is occurring and being driven by the burning of fossil fuels.  The Resolution also acknowledged local impacts such as changes in water systems and extreme weather events that are affecting Salt Lake City now and will be exacerbated in the future.

“We can tackle this challenge and deliver clean energy solutions that will simultaneously improve air quality, protect public health and deliver local jobs.  Leading on climate change today is an obligation we all share with each other and to future generations,” stated Mayor Biskupski.

More details on this commitment by Salt Lake City-- which is being called “Climate Positive SLC”-- including a complete copy of the Joint Resolution, are available here: www.slcgreen.com/climatepositive