2022 Year in Review
We are officially well into 2023 and ready to share our full 2022 Year in Review with you! You might’ve caught our teasers on social media of what we’ve accomplished this past year but in case you missed it or want to read the full review, we’ve got you covered.
This past year we worked hard to provide sustainability in Salt Lake City, at both the city and local levels. Keep scrolling to catch a few highlights, and be sure to check out the full Year in Review for all the incredible work we did in 2022!
WASTE + RECYCLING
- Emptied 4.3 million containers and provided weekly waste collection for approximately 42,000 residential customers.
- Provide waste and recycling services for City parks and facilities, special events throughout the City, and curbside recycling for qualified small businesses and multi-family properties
- Partnered with three local artists to create new wraps on our newest refuse trucks.
- Hosted an Indoor Air Quality Summit and launched a new public campaign to share best practices around keeping our homes, buildings, schools, and other spaces healthy.
- Submitted a grant application for an EV car share pilot program at affordable housing properties
- Expanded the City’s Comprehensive Sustainability Policy so that all new construction and major renovations of large City buildings will, when practicable, be constructed to use all-electric, combustion-free technologies.
CLIMATE & RENEWABLE ENERGY
- Launched Solar Salt Lake, a pilot bulk purchasing program that offered an estimated 12-15% discount below Utah’s average market price for up to 50 Salt Lake City households to go solar.
- Successfully negotiated a new agreement for the City’s single largest renewable energy project, the 80-Megawatt Elektron Solar Project which faced extraordinary supply chain and international trade challenges in 2022. The solar farm is expected to come online in 2024 and will supply approximately 80 – 90% of the electricity for Salt Lake City government operations.
- Launched the second cohort of the Resident Food Equity Advisors (RFEA) program, which includes 13 residents who are invested in making the City’s food system more resilient, healthy, and equitable. They will make recommendations in spring 2023 on one or more equitable food solutions for the City to consider implementing.
- Received funding to undertake a Community Food Assessment which will provide a holistic, cross-sector snapshot of the current state of SLC’s food system with a focus on equity and sustainability. The assessment will help inform future Salt Lake City food-related projects, policy, planning, and investments over the coming years..
- Developed a proposal to launch a new City-run Food Equity Microgrant program which just opened!
Be sure to check out the FULL Year in Review to read all of our goals for 2023.
We look forward to continuing our partnerships with the City, neighborhoods, groups, and individuals as we work towards a more sustainable future in Salt Lake City!