In 2018, the Utah legislature passed HCR 7 on Environmental and Economic Stewardship to “prioritize our understanding and use of sound science to address causes of a changing climate and support innovation and environmental stewardship in order to realize positive solutions.”
In 2019, the Utah Legislature approved $200K in state funding for a review of air quality and changing climate research from the Kem C. Gardner Institute. That funding resulted in the creation of a Technical Advisory Committee of nearly 40 individuals with technical expertise from Utah’s agencies, businesses and nonprofits coming together to create the recently unveiled “Utah Roadmap: Positive Solutions on Climate and Air Quality”.
“The Utah Roadmap” outlines 7 mileposts in a roadmap toward cleaning Utah’s air and reducing global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Goals of the plan are to protect our health, sustain economic development (particularly in Utah’s growing tech sector), advance Utah’s 2030/2034 Olympic bid, and support struggling rural economies in transition through politically and economically viable solutions for climate and air quality that provide the greatest impact at the least cost.
Let’s ask Utah Legislators to support the framework for this important Roadmap to viable air quality and climate solutions!
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