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Project Skyline: September Recap

Congratulations to Mayor’s Skyline Challenge participant, University of Utah

Project Skyline congratulates the University of Utah and Energy Manager Jeff Wrigley for the national recognition they received for their commitment to energy efficiency from the U.S. Department of Energy. “The University’s efforts showcase strategies that can be replicated at similar buildings, institutions and facilities across America,” said Dave Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Read the full press release here.

September News

Project Skyline was pleased to be invited by Challenge Partner BOMA Utah to their September 4th lunch and learn.

ENERGY STAR introduced and demonstrated the core functionality of the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees were able to learn more about the tool and engage in a more in depth discussion with ENERGY STAR leadership. Look out for information on future BOMA Utah educational events. Check out the webinar here.

Challenge partner USGBC Utah hosted a Project Skyline workshop on Efficiency Project Planning & Implementation Strategies on September 12th.

On Friday September 12th, Project Skyline hosted its first Mayor’s Skyline Challenge workshop with USGBC Utah. This workshop included a great line up of speakers that each offered their own expertise in the world of building energy efficiency, with plenty of opportunities to engage with the audience and lead the discussion.

Nexant offered an overview the energy efficiency project process, ETC Group presented their Top 10 energy efficiency strategies for existing buildings, and the University of Utah’s energy manager Jeff Wrigley presented a case study on efficiency improvements made to the Eccles Institute of Human Genetics.

This was an excellent start to the workshop series, and Mayor’s Skyline Challenge participants can expect future installments to offer just as much insight and engagement. Thanks again to USGBC Utah, Nexant, ETC Group and the University of Utah Facilities Management for sharing your expertise and forwarding building energy efficiency in the Salt Lake City community.

Project Skyline gets highlighted at national Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) annual meeting.

Salt Lake City Sustainability Director Vicki Bennett and Sustainability Program Manager Tyler Poulson were invited to the national USDN meeting to discuss how local governments can help to scale up energy efficiency and net zero energy buildings.

Please join us in welcoming our newest Challenge participant, Architectural Nexus. See their profile here.

Upcoming webinars hosted by national experts

September 24, 11:00-12:30 PM (MDT) – Portfolio Manager 201
Continue to learn about EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as managing and tracking changes to your property uses over time, using spreadsheet templates to update property data, setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties, generating and using custom reports, and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist. Register

September 25, 2:00-3:30 PM (MDT) – Community-Based Social Marketing
This webinar will describe community-based social marketing as a behavior-based approach for developing energy-efficiency programs.  The webinar will begin with an overview of the five steps involved in developing and delivering a community-based social marketing program, including methods for prioritizing and selecting target behaviors, identifying barriers and benefits, leveraging behavior change tools, pilot testing, and evaluation.  Each presentation will also cover case studies of scalable programs that have successfully applied the community-based social marketing model or its components to promote energy-efficiency and conservation behaviors. Register

Upcoming Project Skyline educational events

October: Creating an Energy Action Plan hosted by Challenge partner ENERGY STAR

November: Commissioning and Retro-commissioning hosted by Challenge partner Rocky Mountain Power

Stay tuned for more information!

Thank you to the Challenge participants who have recently submitted 2013 baseline data. If you haven’t submitted the 2013 baseline data for your participating buildings yet, please visit this link to get started!

City Partners with Local Yoga School to Offer Free Community Classes

Mayor Ralph Becker is pleased to announce the City’s Parks and Public Lands Division is partnering with Salt Lake Power Yoga to offer residents free community yoga in Pioneer Park. Classes will be available from 6-7 p.m. on Monday evenings in September. The class meets in the southeast corner of the park, just east of the Utah Flying Trapeze operation.

Mayor Becker is committed to working toward a healthy, sustainable and livable community. Read more about his Livability Agenda. Explore how Salt Lake City is doing on the Sustainable City Dashboard.

EVENT:                               Free Yoga in Pioneer Park

WHO:                                  Salt Lake City and Salt Lake City Power Yoga

WHEN:                                Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29

                                           6-7 p.m.

WHERE:                             Pioneer Park

                                          350 S. 300 West

                                          (southeast corner)

It’s Time to Count Bikes!

The Salt Lake City Transportation Division is currently seeking volunteers for the 2014 SLC Bike Count!

What’s a Bike Count?

Since 2010, Salt Lake City has participated in the National Bicycle/Pedestrian Documentation Project to track the number of bicyclists throughout the city.

Volunteers assist the City in recording the number of bicyclists at key intersections. By gathering consistent data from year to year, it is our intention to provide better information about how bicycle use is changing and growing in our community. Your participation in this project assists our efforts to improve the transportation infrastructure, making streets safer for both motor vehicle operators and bicycling alike.

Since the inception of this project, we have witnessed an increase in overall bicycle traffic. With your support, it is our vision to create a community where bicycling is safe, comfortable and convenient for everyone.

What will the 2014 data show us? Have recent infrastructure improvements continued to spur the growth of bicycling in Salt Lake City? Will the percentage of female bicyclists change as we add more protected bike infrastructure? Help us find out!

When is it?

  • September 9 – 11 (Tuesday through Thursday)
    5 – 7 p.m.
  • September 13 – 14 (Saturday and Sunday)
    Noon – 2 p.m.

The 2014 count locations are listed below, along with a link to a map.

How can I help?

Volunteers are needed to fill either 1 or 2 hours shifts manually counting the number of bicyclists riding through specific intersections during “peak hours” throughout SLC. Each count location is staffed by only one volunteer for each time slot; please do be sure you can commit to count when you sign up.

Sign up now! Your help is greatly appreciated.

Initial volunteer sign-up is open through this Sunday, August 24th.  We will do an initial schedule that week, and will then look for volunteers to help fill any remaining shifts.


Contact Weston Jenson, the 2014 Bike Count Coordinator at or (801) 535-6112 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m.)

Volunteers are very welcome to sign up for more than one location and time slot.  Thank you!

 2014 Locations

View the map of locations.

Downtown / Sugar House Flats

  • Main St. @ 200 S.
  • 800 E. @ 800 S.
  • Main St. @ 1300 S.
  • 2100 S. @ Highland Dr. (1100 E.)
  • Sugar House Greenway (approx. 2240 S.) @ 600 E.

Sunnyside / Foothill

  • Sunnyside Ave. @ Guardsman Way.
  • Sunnyside Ave. @ Arapeen Dr. (approx 2250 E.)
  • Parley’s Crossing (Foothill Dr. @ 2300 S.)

University Area

  • University St. @ 200 S.
  • University St. @ South Campus Dr.
  • 100 S. @ Wolcott St.
  • South Campus Dr. @ Mario Capecchi Dr.
  • OSH @ Kendall D. Garff Building

West Side / Beck St.

  • Beck St. @ Chicago St. (approx. 1800 N.)
  • North Temple @ Redwood Rd. (1700 W.)
  • Jordan River Trail @ Indiana Ave. (approx. 800 S. & 1100 W.)
  • 1700 S. @ 900 W.
  • 600 N. @ 900 W.
  • 1700 S. @ Redwood Road (1700 W.)