Mayor Jackie Biskupski has officially proclaimed April 16th – 22nd, 2018 as “Earth Week” in Salt Lake City. Mayor Biskupski issued the proclamation Monday morning, highlighting the Capital City’s efforts to counter climate change, promote sustainability, and urging residents to play a part in protecting our environment.
“Earth Week and upcoming Earth Day is a time for all of us to celebrate our global home,” said Mayor Jackie Biskupski. “While Salt Lake City is committed to a green future and ambitious clean energy goals, each and every one of us can do small ‘acts of green’ to safeguard our environment.”
Simple ways to get involved include:
- Reducing your carbon footprint by biking, taking public transit, or carpooling
- Conserving water by calculating your water footprint and making simple changes
- Recycle bottles, cans, paper, and plastic bags – or better yet, use reusable bags
- Volunteer to clean your local park, start your own food garden, or write to your elected officials and urge them to support environmental protections
Earth Day (April 22nd) may be celebrated only one day a year, but Mayor Biskupski urges residents to get involved, take action, and to do what they can to protect our planet. The City is also “walking the talk” – leading by example to protect our planet.
With a strong legacy of environmental stewardship, Salt Lake City leads the nation on sustainability and climate change efforts. Committed to clean air and protecting our natural resources and open spaces, the Capital City has recently accomplished the following:
- Published Climate Positive 2040, the guiding plan to reduce carbon emissions 80% by 2040 and have 100% renewable energy for community electricity by 2032
- Passed an Energy Benchmarking ordinance to reduce air pollution from large buildings
- Installed solar installations for clean energy on seven government facilities
- Unveiled 28 public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations
To learn more about Salt Lake City’s clean energy goals and sustainability efforts, visit: www.slcgreen.com.
Earth Day History
Earth Day marks the anniversary of the modern environmental movement. Celebrated
annually every April 22nd, Earth Day serves as a reminder to preserve and sustain our planet for future generations.
In April 1970, millions of Americans came together to voice their environmental concerns and demand sustainable action. Those protests were the result of former U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, who organized partners to create a “national teach-in on the environment.”
The public support displayed over 40 years ago resulted in landmark environmental legislation, including the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Official Earth Week Proclamation text:
WHEREAS, over 40 years ago, millions of Americans from all walks of life came together in demand of protections to preserve and sustain our home, planet Earth; and
WHEREAS, public support in the 1970s resulted in the annual planet-wide celebration called Earth Day, and landmark environmental legislation such as the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency; and
WHEREAS, Salt Lake City has a proud, rich history of stewardship of its vital watershed, vast open spaces, 126 parks, 58 municipal playgrounds, and hundreds of miles of trails; and
WHEREAS, Salt Lake City leads on sustainability and climate change efforts through various policies and programs, including Climate Positive 2040, which commits to 100 percent renewable energy for community electricity supply by 2032, and an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2040; and
WHEREAS, residents of Salt Lake City have always answered the call for a healthier environment, through words and deeds, with dedication to preserving our Earth for future generations.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Jacqueline M. Biskupski, Mayor of Salt Lake City, do hereby recognize April 16-22, 2018 as:
Earth Week in Salt Lake City
AND encourage all residents to do their part in preserving our home by participating in local Earth Week events and activities.
Dated April 16, 2018
Click here to view the proclamation.