Congratulations to Salt Lake City – Climate 2040. The project has been honored for “Government Initiative” in the 2017 Green Business Awards.
Increasingly, cities across the country are taking on climate change, and that’s because they are uniquely positioned, at a micro level, to make a difference. “A lot of times, that’s where decisions are made about resources or policies,” explains Tyler Poulsen, sustainability program manager for Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake City recently established Climate Positive 2040, a platform for the city to document its progress on some pretty ambitious goals. Through a Joint Resolution proposed by Mayor Jackie Biskupski and adopted by the City Council last November, the city resolved to achieve 100 percent renewable energy for the community electricity supply by 2032 and to achieve an 80 percent reduction in community greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.
The goals are ambitious, but Poulsen believes they will be achievable through the city’s partnership with Rocky Mountain Power and other collaborations. And because the city will be purchasing increasingly large amounts of renewable energy from Rocky Mountain Power, Poulsen says they hope the effort will catalyze development of new renewable energy sources.
Climate Positive 2040 encapsulates a range of programs, projects and collaborations intended to address climate change and other environmental challenges. “Investing in renewable energy, clean transportation systems and sustainable food programs not only reduces carbon pollution, it also builds an identity for our city and hope for the future,” says Mayor Biskupski.