Business Recycling: Utah Governor's Office Incentives

In 1996, the Utah Legislature created the Utah Recycling Market Development Zone Program which focuses on recycling as an economic development tool. As more products are recycled and used to manufacture new products the economy will be stimulated through new company expansion or formation and the creation of additional jobs. The zone legislation was established to incent businesses to use recycled materials in their manufacturing processes and create new products for sale…. Read More

EPA Recognizes Seven Communities for Smart Growth Achievement

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently recognized seven communities with its 2012 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement. The Smart Growth awards are given for creative, sustainable initiatives that better protect the health and the environment of our communities while also strengthening local economies. The 2012 award winners are being recognized in four categories: Overall Excellence in Smart Growth, Equitable Development, Main Street or Corridor Revitalization, and Programs and Policies. Specific… Read More

International Year of Cooperatives

The United Nations declared 2012 the International Year of Cooperatives. As stated by the United Nations Secretary, General Ban Ki-moon, "Cooperatives are a reminder to the international community that it is possible to pursue both economic viability and social responsibility." International years are declared by the United Nations to draw attention to and encourage action on major issues. So… Did you know that Utah has a community-owned cooperative, located in Moab, called… Read More

Living Architecture Monitor Website Launched

 The Living Architecture Monitor (LAM) magazine is written to appeal to a wide-range of professionals involved in the green roof and wall industry in North America. The magazine supports Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ (GRHC) mission to increase awareness of the economic, social and environmental benefits of green roofs and green walls, and other forms of living architecture through education, advocacy, professional development and celebrations of excellence. Published quarterly, each issue features… Read More

Slow Money

As stated by the Slow Money Initiative, thousands of Americans are supporting a new direction for the economy, called Slow Money. Slow Money is bringing people together around a shared vision about what it means to be an investor in the 21st Century: It starts with the soil: The soil teaches us that we must put back as much as we take out to ensure long term health and a strong, secure, restorative… Read More

Intermountain Sustainability Summit

www.intermountainsustainabilitysummit.com The 4th Annual Intermountain Sustainability Summit will be held on February 28th and March 1st, 2013 in the Shepherd Union Building at Weber State University. Lots of exciting things are in store for this year’s Summit, including a big name keynote speaker, professional certification workshops, new partnerships with internationally renowned corporations, and quality seminars on a variety of topics. Be sure to check our website for the most up to date… Read More

Edible Wasatch Fall Issue Released

Edible Wasatch is a locally and independently owned member of Edible Communities Inc. Their mission is to inspire readers to explore the regional food system and support local producers, restaurants and related businesses by voting with their forks. In the magazine and on the website, you will find stories about the hard work and delicious payoffs that growers, chefs and food artisans contribute to our community. As awareness grows about how urgently we… Read More

Logan City Installs Nascent Solar Farm

Logan City has installed a nascent solar farm as a pilot project! Realtime operation can be found here: https://enlighten.enphaseenergy.com/public/systems/fppn74367 With continual effort by the Renewable Energy Advisory Board, last year Logan Light and Power, under Director Jeff White, purchased and installed the equipment. It has been up and running since April — and running beautifully — and a buy-in for interested Logan customers is in the works. A BRIEF HISTORY… In the… Read More

Save the Date!

 The inaugural National Energy Extension Educator Summit will bring together those who focus on developing and delivering energy extension. Although current research related to renewable energy and efficiency will be discussed, the Summit will focus on educational programming and techniques, especially concerning energy efficiency, small-scale renewables (e.g. geothermal, solar, small wind), and community-scale projects (e.g. biomass, hydro, large wind). Planned agenda items include: Panel discussions of individual state education efforts and best… Read More