Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City Leaders Join to Launch Landmark Clean Energy and Climate Change Resolution and Initiative

Mayor Jackie Biskupski, members of the Salt Lake City Council, and leaders of the City’s various departments and divisions will come together Wednesday morning at 10:15 AM to launch a new clean energy and climate change initiative called “Climate Positive.” The initiative is the result of a landmark joint Mayor-Council Resolution that commits the City to new clean energy and climate change goals which the City Council is scheduled to vote on Tuesday.
 
The Joint Resolution on Sustainability commits to transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy for municipal electricity needs by 2032, as called for during Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s State of the City Address, and expands that goal to also include community electricity use. The Resolution also commits to reducing overall community carbon emissions by at least 80 percent by 2040, and puts in place a reporting mechanism to track the City’s progress.
 
The Joint Resolution is being sponsored by Council Member Erin Mendenhall.
 
“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.”
 
Speakers:
Mayor Jackie Biskupski
Council Member Erin Mendenhall
Vicki Bennett, Director of Sustainability
 
Where:
East Steps of City and County Building
451 S State Street, Salt Lake City
 
When:
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
10:15 am (10:05 am set-up)