This year, Salt Lake City will participate in Earth Hour, turning off the lights of the Salt Lake City & County Building at 8:30 p.m. next Saturday, March 29th.
Check out the FAQs below to learn more about this effort, and find out how you can get involved!
What is Earth Hour?
Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet, and is organised by WWF. Engaging a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues, Earth Hour was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide, and the one-hour event continues to remain the key driver of the now larger movement.
When does Earth Hour take place?
Earth Hour 2014 will be held on Saturday, March 29th between 8.30 p.m. and 9.30 p.m. in your local time zone. The event is held worldwide towards the end of March annually, encouraging individuals, communities households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol for their commitment to the planet. Earth Hour 2015 will take place on Saturday, March 28th at 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in your local timezone.
What does Earth Hour aim to achieve?
Earth Hour aims to encourage an interconnected global community to share the opportunities and challenges of creating a sustainable world.
How can I get involved?
The first thing anyone can do to get involved is to turn off their lights on Saturday. But there’s much, much more. Our full ambition is for people to take action beyond the hour. Whether it’s supporting a crowd-funding or crowd-sourcing campaign on www.earthhour.org or starting the movement in their own community. The vision is always to do more, so make the light switch the beginning of your journey.
Get inspired to take action at SLCgreen.com.
Utah’s Hogle Zoo is hiring a environmental coordinator — a brand new position that will be focused on facilitating the Zoo’s move towards sustainability.
Here is the official job posting —
Posted: February 20, 2014
Position: Environmental Coordinator
Utah’s Hogle Zoo’s Conservation Department is announcing the opening of a full-time position as the Zoo’s Environmental Coordinator.
The Zoo is seeking an enterprising and energetic individual for a newly created Environmental Coordinator position. The Coordinator will assist in facilitating the Zoo’s move towards sustainability. This position reports to the Zoo’s Conservation Coordinator. The Environmental Coordinator will be responsible for developing and tracking the organization’s carbon footprint, tracking environmental compliance, expanding staff and guest awareness programs and assist with the development of the Zoo’s Sustainability Plan.
This is a full time position compensated at an hourly rate with excellent rewards program including a comprehensive benefits package, work-life balance programs and opportunities for professional development.
Candidates with a bachelor’s degree in environment and sustainability studies or related field are preferred. Candidates with previous experience in an environmental related position are also preferred. Candidates must demonstrate strong organizational, communication (both written and oral) and interpersonal skills. Individuals with a strong working knowledge and dedicated interest for the concept of sustainability, awareness of the central issues and controversies should consider applying.
Additionally, applicants must be able to:
- Work positively in a team environment,
- Represent the Zoo’s mission in public forums,
- Be self-motivated, organized and reliable
- Be flexible and adapt to complex situations,
- Demonstrate strong computer skills in data management word processing and presentation software
- Work occasional evenings and weekends as needed
- Stand or walk for long periods of time, bending, stooping, and lifting of heavy objects (up to 40 pounds)
Anyone interested in this position should email a cover letter and resume to Liz Larsen, firstname.lastname@example.org, Conservation Coordinator at Utah’s Hogle Zoo, by March 15, 2014.
Calling all Utah students who care about the air!
Share your ideas for ways to educate your friends and family about being idle free and be eligible for cash prizes. Students are encouraged to submit their essays, photos, videos or artwork.
Entries are due on or before March 5, 2014. More details and entry submissions are available at StudentsWhoCareAbouttheAir.com.
We love it! Get creative, kids…
The city is buzzing!
The Hive Pass, Salt Lake City’s new annual UTA pass exclusively for city residents, launches on March 1, 2014.
The pilot program is the result of a partnership between Salt Lake City and UTA and will offer city residents an annual transit pass at a deep discount — just $360 a year!
There are two options for pass payment:
- $350 full payment to cover the entire year ($10 discount for full payment)
- $360 payable in $30 monthly installments
Stay tuned for details on purchasing locations. You can explore frequently asked questions about the Hive Pass at RidewithHive.com.
Be the first to know! If you are super excited to get your hands on this pass (and who isn’t?), sign up to receive email alerts.
Join the conversation — use the #ridewithhive hashtag on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
On Tuesday, February 4, KUED and a variety of community partners will come together for an evening to explore “The Air We Breathe.”
The free community event begins with a preview of “The Air We Breathe,” a locally-produced, 30 minute documentary that examines Utah’s air quality.
Attendees will also hear from Robert Grow, Executive Director of Envision Utah, and have a Q&A with University of Utah Program for Air Quality, Health & Society Director Dr. Robert Paine.
SLCgreen will be there, and we hope you will too!
The Air We Breathe Film Screening & Event
Tuesday, February 4
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
University of Utah
Huntsman Cancer Institute, Auditorium (6th Floor)
RSVP to the Facebook event
Are you dreaming of warmer days and bluer skies? So are we!
SLCgreen was recently awarded a grant from the Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR) to fund our SmartTrips 2014 neighborhood! Even though it is hazy and cold outside, we’re moving full speed ahead with some exciting plans for 2014.
The newly launched SmartTripsSLC Instagram is making a splashy debut, hosting a series of images from the new neighborhood. Take a peek and see if you can #guesswhere in SLC!
Stay tuned for the neighborhood announcement and a new SmartTrips SLC blog chock full of awesome content.
In the meantime, see if you can guess the new SmartTrips 2014 neighborhood from the images below!
For every one farmer and rancher under the age of 25, there are five who are 75 or older, according to the Department of Agriculture. If we do not support new and beginning farmers, who will grow our food into the future?
The Green Urban Lunchbox project is starting a new incubator (or community) farm in Layton, Utah this spring. What was once an abandoned orchard will be brought back to life as a place for new farmers to have access to land, water, tools and training.
“This is a great chance for people to get into farming, without all the cost,” says Green Urban Lunchbox founder and director Shawn Peterson. “Our plots will run from $150-500 a year and range in size from 1/8th of an acre to 1 acre.” Read more
‘Tis the season for New Years Resolutions.
While you’re revisiting resolutions to exercise, eat healthy and spend more time with those you love (a great way to start the new year!), consider making one more resolution — to help clear the air.
Through the winter Care to Clear the Air project (2010-2012), a series of videos captured the stories of residents making a resolution to limit their impact on air quality by driving less.
Watch the videos below to hear from people that have done everything from moving closer to where they work, to biking, carpooling and taking public transit.
Their stories will inspire you to make your own resolution to help clear the air!
Kyle LaMalfa shares his commitment to take public transit.
Winter inversion season is here (collective sigh) and the Salt Lake Valley is currently in the grips of it’s first official inversion.
While periods of poor air quality can feel overwhelming, we’re here to offer five simple things you can do to limit your impact and protect your health. As we all know, whatever we put into the air during an inversion, we’re stuck with. So every little bit helps! Read more
Screenshot of the homepage of the Sustainable City Dashboard.
Today SLCgreen joined Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker to unveil a new and innovative tool to track our sustainability efforts and engage with the public.
The Sustainable City Dashboard website features over 100 different metrics from 12 core areas of livability: Air & Climate, Energy, Recycling, Transportation, Open Space, Water, Urban Forestry, Arts & Culture, Housing, Community Health & Safety, Food & Nutrition and Education.
“The Sustainable City Dashboard is an effort to openly engage with residents as we work toward our goals for the future,” said Mayor Becker. “The tool illuminates a broad and ambitious agenda to protect our resources, enhance our assets and establish a path toward greater resiliency and vitality for every aspect of our community.”
The dashboard also features a venue for residents to voice their ideas and concerns about all aspects of Salt Lake City life. The new format, facilitated through Open City Hall, provides the opportunity for two-way communication and enhanced idea sharing.
We hope that Salt Lake City residents will see the new dashboard as an opportunity to explore what their city is doing to improve our community, and become part of the process by sharing their own ideas on how we can reach our goals.
Start exploring the new Sustainable City Dashboard. We can’t wait to hear your ideas!