Salt Lake City Green is comprised of award-winning environmental programs that continue to help this Utah city build a sustainable future for its citizens.
These programs include: recycling and waste reduction; climate change and air quality; energy; mobility and transportation; open space; urban forestry; clean water programs; local food production; community health; housing programs; and innovative E2 programs.
The city has been working to reduce both its own internal fleet emissions, and the vehicle emissions generated by the community. In 2009, it received the EPA's Climate Showcase Communities Grant.
Salt Lake City is working to reduce energy use in city buildings, put in place quantifiable energy monitoring systems, generate 10% of new building energy use with renewable energy, and reduce the carbon footprint of new construction by 50%. The city has implemented high performance building codes for all city-owned new construction or major renovations, and is facilitating community development of high performance buildings and renewable energy through code revisions, permitting incentives, and loans to businesses for energy efficiency upgrades.
In addition to its successful light rail and bus systems, the city has established more than 150 miles of bike and pedestrian ways, a robust car share program, and incentives and access to efficient vehicles and alternative fuels.
When Salt Lake City was settled in 1847 the community was virtually treeless. Today, there are 91,221 street and park trees in the city, as it continues to make urban forestry a high priority.
The city has also promoted local foods by, among other things, passing an ordinance that makes it easier for citizens to raise chickens and bees.
The city is proud of its E2 programs, which actively engage businesses, residents and schools in helping conserve resources, reduce pollution, slow global climate change, and ensure a healthy, sustainable future for Salt Lake City.