In 2018, the Utah Legislature passed HCR 7 on Environmental and Economic Stewardship, the first climate resolution in a red state, which acknowledged climate change and prioritized the use of sound science and innovative solutions to address the causes and issues presented by a changing climate. In 2019, the Legislature passed an unprecedented $29 million to fund air quality initiatives, including funding for a review of air quality and changing climate research by the Kem C. Gardner Institute to help the state improve air quality and address the importance of Utah’s changing climate. Accordingly, the Kem C. Gardner Institute produced for the Legislature the Utah Roadmap for Positive Solutions on Climate and Air Quality, a comprehensive report and set of seven milepost recommendations for addressing a changing climate and air quality issues at the state and federal level.
HCR 11 supports the Utah Roadmap as a guide for leadership and discussions around positive solutions for a changing climate and air quality issues at the state and federal level.
What would HCR 11 Supporting the Utah Roadmap for Positive Solutions and Leadership on Climate and Air Quality do?
HCR 11 recognizes Utah’s commitment to environmental stewardship and solutions that improve air quality and reduce emissions, recognizes the work already being done in the public and private sectors along with the need to make a greater effort to meet Utah’s goals and targets, and resolves to support evaluating the recommendations made within the Utah Roadmap as guiding principles for leadership in seeking and encouraging solutions to improve air quality and reduce emissions.