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Community Footprint

The following articles and resources provide context for greenhouse gas emissions in Park City including the community-wide emissions inventory, a roadmap to reduction for the community, the municipal operations carbon inventory, and links to resources form Save Our Snow, the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, and state-level work on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

My Sustainable Year

My Sustainable Year is your chance to join others in the Park City, Summit County, and Wasatch County areas in trying out 52 environmentally sustainable behaviors - a different challenge for each week of 2010!

Renewable Energy: A Path Forward for Park City

The Energy Dynamics Lab and the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business of Utah State University combined resources to produce this feasibility study for Park City in 2010.  The study looks at several areas of interest in renewable and sustainable energy projects.

Climate Change in Park City - Snowpack & Economic Implications

Our study predicts that Park City’s climate will change substantially as a result of increased atmospheric GHG concentrations. Temperatures are predicted to rise and precipitation amount, timing, intensity are predicted to change. As a result, total snowpack and snow coverage will be reduced, the ski season will be shorter, and less of Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR) will be skiable. The impacts to snowpack are more severe further in the future, and under scenarios with higher GHG emissions.  See the full report.

Community Carbon Footprint

To develop the Community Carbon Footprint, Park City’s GHG emissions were calculated for the baseline year of 2007 as well as for 2005 as a supplemental year, with the aim to compile a complete, consistent, accurate, and transparent inventory using accepted methodologies. 

*Note that we recently recalculated the 2007 community carbon footprint after receiving updated, more accurate electricity & natural gas data.  The updated community carbon footprint for 2007 is 790,645 tons CO2-equivalent.  Other than the electricity data and natural gas amendments, all other components of the carbon footprint remain the same as in the original report.

Community Carbon Roadmap

Building from insights gained through the Community Carbon Footprint, a Roadmap to Reduction was developed to provide a pathway for reducing Park City’s Community Carbon Footprint. 

Save Our Snow

In response to the project, local environmental organizations, community leaders and business professionals agreed to organize a second Save Our Snow event to take place in September 2009 (the first was in 2007).  Check out information on Save Our Snow II and the related 'Where's the Snow?' community action event here!

Save Our Snow Action Plan

The Save Our Snow Action Plan is the result of a community engagement process to develop clean energy, energy efficiency, and water conservation strategies for Park City.  The plan was created in response to the positive community support and overwhelming interest in the Save Our Snow and Save Our Snow II events.

Municipal Carbon Footprint

In August 2008, The Park City Municipal Corporation (PCMC) completed a carbon inventory assessment for their government operations. Also known as a Carbon Footprint, the City chose to collect data and report carbon emissions for all government operations during the calendar year 2007.

U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement

As an initiative of the City Council, in 2005 Mayor Dana Williams signed the US Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement, which sets a goal of meeting the Kyoto Protocol of reducing Park City’s GHG emissions 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012.

Utah Governor's Blue Ribbon Advisory Council on Climate Change

The Blue Ribbon Advisory Council on Climate Change (BRAC) was organized by Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. on August 25, 2006, to provide a forum where government, industry, environment, and community representatives could identify proactive measures that Utah might take to mitigate the impacts of greenhouse gases (GHG).

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