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SLCgreen Director Vicki Bennett Appointed New Urban Sustainability Directors Network Co-Chair

USDN logoThe Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) has announced their new Planning Committee co-chairs, Michael Armstrong from Portland, Oregon and Vicki Bennett from Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City Green is proud to have Vicki at the helm, serving as Sustainability Director for Salt Lake City and working closely with Mayor Ralph Becker.

USDN is a network of sustainability directors from cities and counties across the United States who collaborate on a variety of issues facing urban areas. USDN’s ultimate goal is to build and strengthen the connections between members in order to quickly access each other’s knowledge and expertise to achieve better, more effective outcomes at scale. The connections fostered by USDN have become increasingly important as cities both large and small lead the way in developing the next generation of sustainable communities.

The Planning Committee serves as USDN’s governing body, with responsibility to advance the strategic direction of the network. Members are fortunate to be supported by a managing director and staff who provide high-level leadership and day-to-day management. Each year, USDN leaders, members, and staff collaborate on a Strategic Plan to guide the network for the year. An external edition of the 2015 plan can be downloaded here.

USDN accomplishes its goal by focusing on three core objectives:

  1. Offering members peer-to-peer Networking Opportunities
  2. Creating solutions that scale through a funded Collaborative Innovation System
  3. Expanding access and addressing specific issues through Regional Networks

Vicki Bennett (Salt Lake City) has worked as the Sustainability Director for Salt Lake City for 14 years, where she works with both city agencies and the public to create a more livable and sustainable community. Vicki has over 25 years of experience in government, industry and consulting with an emphasis in sustainability, climate, environmental management, and energy issues. She has been on the cutting edge of several national efforts, including the White House State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.

Vicki was a founding USDN member, joining the network in early 2009, and has “seen [the] organization grow and adapt as the field of sustainability has been developed.” In addition to her work on the Planning Committee, Vicki has led USDN’s Climate Change Preparedness User Group for several years, one of the network’s most popular groups, co-founded the Western Adaptation Alliance Regional Network, and serves on the USDN External Relations Committee.

Rx Safe Disposal Event Tomorrow!

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Do you have old, unwanted or expired medications cluttering up your cupboards?

Stop by the City & County Building (450 South 200 East) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 26th. Drop offs will be accepted on the east side of the building.

This is part of the National Take Back Initiative. All Salt Lake County collection sites are below:

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH POLICE DEPARTMENT UNIVERSITY OF UTAH POLICE DEPARTMENT 1735 E. SOUTH CAMPUS DRIVE SALT LAKE CITY UT, 84112 6 mi. Map
SALT LAKE CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT CITY AND COUNTY BUILDING
EAST SIDE OF BUILDING
452 SOUTH STATE SALT LAKE CITY UT, 84114 9 mi. Map
BOUNTIFUL POLICE DEPARTMENT SMITH’S FOOD AND DRUG 555 SOUTH 200 WEST BOUNTIFUL UT, 84010 8 mi. Map
SOUTH SALT LAKE POLICE DEPARTMENT RITE AID 3300 SOUTH 700 EAST SOUTH SALT LAKE UT, 84115 11 mi. Map
SUMMIT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SMITHS FOOD AND DRUG 1725 WEST UINTA WAY PARK CITY UT, 84098 11 mi. Map
MURRAY CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT MURRAY CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT
BACK PARKING LOT
5025 SOUTH STATE STREET

A National Climate Action Plan

Yesterday President Obama delivered a groundbreaking speech on climate change, and unveiled a new Climate Action Plan for the country. The plan takes action to:

  • Cuts Carbon Pollution in America. In 2012, U.S. carbon pollution from the energy sector fell to the lowest level in two decades even as the economy continued to grow. To build on this progress, the Obama Administration is putting in place tough new rules to cut carbon pollution—just like we have for other toxins like mercury and arsenic —so we protect the health of our children and move our economy toward American-made clean energy sources that will create good jobs and lower home energy bills.
  • Prepares the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change. Even as we take new steps to cut carbon pollution, we must also prepare for the impacts of a changing climate that are already being felt across the country.
  • Lead International Efforts to Address Global Climate Change. Just as no country is immune from the impacts of climate change, no country can meet this challenge alone. That is why it is imperative for the United States to couple action at home with leadership internationally. America must help forge a truly global solution to this global challenge by galvanizing international action to significantly reduce emissions, prepare for climate impacts, and drive progress through the international negotiations.

Read the full Climate Action Plan to get all of the details (PDF).

Join the conversation on Twitter with the #ActOnClimate hashtag.

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