Utah’s First Utility-Scale Solar Energy Plant Commissioned

According to the St. George News, after 8 years of planning, Utah’s first functioning utility-sized solar power plant is now up and running in Parowan, UT. “Investors, developers and government officials from across the globe and Utah gathered to celebrate the completion of the project with food, music and tours of the facility — despite threats of storm clouds on the horizon. ‘This is a pioneering project,” Scatec Solar North America Luigi… Read More

Permaculture School​ advisor Pandora Thomas works to reconnect communities of color to the earth

Pandora Thomas is a passionate global citizen who works as a teacher, writer, designer and speaker. Her writing includes “Shades of Green” for individuals wanting to teach green building to youth. Pandora co-founded Earthseed Consulting LLC, a holistic consulting firm whose work expands the opportunities for sustainable living for diverse communities. Her current projects include the Black Permaculture Network, Pathways to Resilience – a permaculture and social entrepreneur training program for men returning home after incarceration – and working with Toyota… Read More

52,845 Utahns Weigh in on “Your Utah, Your Future” Survey

In 2014, Envision Utah conducted a values study to understand Utahns’ priorities and attitudes, to identify the factors related to quality of life that matter most to residents, and to determine why those factors are important to Utahns. Over a two-month period, 52,845 Utahns shared their voice through the Your Utah, Your Future survey. The survey asked what Utahns wanted to see in the future regarding 11 different topics, and then asked them… Read More

Outdoor industry leaders and athletes petition to curb Utah coal emissions

From the Standard Examiner: One day after the Governor held a meeting on air quality and growing the energy industry in Utah, the outdoors industry came forward with a petition to curb state coal emissions. The Governor’s Office of Energy Development moderated a symposium Tuesday exploring ways to improve Utah’s air quality while boosting the energy industry. Much of discussion focused on perceived economic barriers from federal rules, like more restrictive ozone pollution… Read More

USU Wins National Bike Challenge University Division

From USU’s’ Utah State Today: Utah State University won first place in the college/university division of the National Bike Challenge, logging more miles from more cyclists than any other school. The 220 USU students and employees registered for the competition rode 76,157 miles, burned more than four million calories, averted 28,604 pounds of carbon dioxide and saved $17,957. Utah State University Sustainability Council, Aggie Blue Bikes and Employee Wellness Program collaborated on… Read More

Vivint Solar’s Bright Future in Utah: Expansion will create over 3,000 jobs

SALT LAKE CITY, UT—Vivint Solar, Inc. (NYSE:VSLR), along with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), recently announced that the solar energy company will continue to expand its operations in Utah, with the anticipation that over the next 10 years it will generate more than 3,000 jobs in conjunction with an estimated $91 million in additional capital investment within the state. “It’s always exciting to see a homegrown company become so successful,” said Val Hale,… Read More

SolarCity Powers Utah’s Economy with up to 4,000 Jobs

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—Together with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), SolarCity (Nasdaq: SCTY) announced this summer that it will open a regional corporate headquarters in Utah, resulting in up to 4,000 jobs and $94 million in capital investment over the next 10 years. “SolarCity’s choice of Utah for its regional headquarters is a reflection of the vibrant growth of alternative energy companies in the state,” said Val Hale, executive director of GOED. “The creation of thousands of… Read More

What Percentage of People in Your County Believe Global Warming is Happening?

The Yale Project on Climate Communication recently released updated Climate Opinion Maps. Public opinion about global warming is an important influence on decision making about policies to reduce global warming or prepare for the impacts. This type of polling is generally done at the national level, because local level polling is very costly and time intensive. The Yale team of scientists, however, has developed a geographic and statistical model to downscale national public opinion… Read More

EPA Launches Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool

In order to better meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s responsibilities related to the protection of public health and the environment, the Agency has developed a new environmental justice (EJ) mapping and screening tool called EJSCREEN. What is EJSCREEN? EJSCREEN is an environmental justice mapping and screening tool that provides EPA with a nationally consistent dataset and approach for combining environmental and demographic indicators. EJSCREEN users choose a geographic area; the tool then provides demographic… Read More

USU Extension Unveils Water Impacts Website

In line with Utah State University’s (USU) 2015 theme, “year of water,” USU Extension recently unveiled a Water Impacts website. This website features resources including water quality, the center for water efficient landscaping, irrigation, water maps, climate, and more information about the year of water. The Water Impacts team includes Danny Barandiaran (Biometeorology Ph.D. student0, Joanna Endter-Wada (Associate Professor in Environment and Society), Kelly Kopp (Water Conservation and Turfgrass Specialist), Larry Rupp (Professor in… Read More