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Park City Municipal Promotes Jenny Diersen to Economic Development Program & Special Events Manager

Post Date:08/17/2017 7:03 PM

 Jenny Diersen

CONTACT:
Jonathan Weidenhamer
Economic Development Manager
Park City Municipal Corporation
435-615-5069jweidenhamer@parkcity.org


Park City Municipal Promotes Jenny Diersen to
Economic Development Program & Special Events Manager            

PARK CITY, UT (August 17, 2017) – Park City Municipal Corporation is pleased to announce the promotion of Jenny Diersen to the position of Economic Development Program & Special Events Manager. In her new role, Diersen will manage all aspects of the City’s Special Events Department, leading the City’s special event planning, development, and operations. Diersen will also assist in implementing the City’s economic development strategic plan and serve as a staff liaison to the City’s arts and culture initiatives.

Most recently, Diersen worked as the City’s Special Events Coordinator, where she was instrumental in the development and management of the City’s Special Events Advisory Committee. She has also led the City’s involvement in community art initiatives and serves as staff liaison to the Park City Public Art Advisory Board.

“Jenny’s management of large-scale, multi-day citywide events over the past three years demonstrated that she is well equipped to fulfill the role of special events manager,” said Economic Development Manager, Jonathan Weidenhamer. “Additionally, her understanding and appreciation of public art and broader arts and culture initiatives—and how they contribute to the City’s community and economic vitality—means Jenny will help expand the City’s economic development base in ways that stay true to our unique community.”
Diersen joined the City in April 2014, following a seven-year tenure as education director at the Kimball Art Center. She received her bachelor of science in Art Marketing from the University of North Georgia and is also a graduate of Leadership Park City Class 19. Diersen and her husband live in Kamas.

“With a background in the arts and special events, I am honored and excited to begin this expanded role  and be part of the team that will help shape Park City’s future,” said Diersen. “I enjoy learning from, and working with, our diverse community to provide unique programs and event offerings.”

Diersen’s new role is effective immediately, filling the vacancy created by the recent appointment of Jason Glidden as Housing Development Manager.

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About Park City Municipal Corporation                                                                  
Park City Municipal Corporation is a political subdivision of the state of Utah. A former silver mining town, Park City is now home to two world-class ski resorts and was the mountain host for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games. The town of 7,500 also hosts many special and cultural events, including the Sundance Film Festival and Kimball Arts Festival. Park City has been named America’s Best Mountain Town by Travel & Leisure Magazine. www.parkcity.org

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Sometimes reducing your environmental impact can be a little overwhelming. There is a lot of new information and sometimes it changes very quickly from new research or developments. Start off small and take it a day at a time and soon you'll be able to incorporate a lot of these ideas into your daily life.  Here are 10 ways to get started reducing your impact at home.

1. Sign up for the SCPW ChallengePark City worked with Summit Community Power Works to bring this online resource to life. Here you will find 70 actions you can do at home to conserve, with all available rebates and incentives, and step-by-step instructions on how to complete each action. It's even more fun when you get your neighbors to participate and form a team to win prizes and recognition!

2. Conserve Energy - Start off by being conscious of the energy you use at home, noticing what lights are on, when the TV is on, etc. Then make a concerted effort to turn off lights and electronics when they are not needed. Conservation is not about doing without, but about using energy wisely.

Snow Melt Systems
Many Park City residents use snow melt products, such as heat tape, to prevent ice dams on their roofs.  These snow melt systems are needed for certain roofs, but they also use a huge amount of electricity and often times we forget to turn them off when it gets warmer.  In fact, some systems use as much electricity as the entire home.  Make sure your snow melt system is turned off during warmer months - some systems have been found to be operating during spring/summer, costing lots of money and inflating the community's carbon footprint. If you find yourself forgetting to turn off your heat tape, you can purchase a timer that will do it for you.
 
3. Perform a Home Energy Audit - While energy conservation is important, energy efficiency is even more important and for your home to be energy efficient, you should perform a home energy audit. This audit will tell you where you need upgrades to equipment, lights insulation, windows and appliances. Many of these changes are easy and inexpensive and will yield huge energy savings. A home energy audit can be done by yourself, or you can hire an experienced professional to help guide you and offer the most cost effective recommendations. Here is a list of certified Home Energy Raters. In addition, for $25 you can work with one of Dominion Energy's Energy Experts to develop a plan to start saving energy (and money) immediately.   

4. Replace Inefficient Bulbs - Your energy audit will likely reveal that you have some inefficient bulbs in your home. Make sure to replace those with more efficient lighting options like LED bulbs which use a fraction of the energy and last much longer than older lighting technologies. You'll begin saving money immediately with this low cost and easy upgrade.

5. Unplug - Avoid phantom loads that come from gadgets and electronics that draw power even when they're off. Unplug chargers, printers, gadgets, coffee makers, toasters and other similar electronics to avoid wasting unnecessary energy. You can also plug these devices into a power strip and shut off the power strip when not being used.

6. Improve Indoor Air Quality - Sometimes your home's indoor air quality is worse than the air outdoors due to inadequate ventilation and the release of toxins indoors from furniture, chemicals, equipment and more. Learn more about the sources of indoor toxins and how to reduce them to make your home safer.

7. Upgrade Inefficient Appliances - Reduce both water and energy use by upgrading to more efficient appliances. Look for ENERGY STAR labeled appliances that are guaranteed to be more efficient. While the initial cost of the appliance may be slightly more than a regular one, the money you save on energy will more than cover the cost of the upgrade.

8. Clean Greener - Cleaning solutions in your home may actually be toxic and causing you harm. Start cleaning your home with more natural cleaning supplies that are safer for your family, pets and the environment. Look for all natural, biodegradable and non-petroleum based products.

9. Buy Green Power - One of the cheapest and easiest ways to reduce your carbon emissions is to support renewable energy from your electric utility. Our very own Rocky Mountain Power has a program for exactly that called Blue Sky. Sign up today!

10. Install a Programmable Thermostat - Making sure you don't heat or cool your home when you're not there (or when you're asleep and cozy under covers) is one of the easiest ways to save money and reduce your carbon footprint. Programmable thermosats allow you to control temperature settings for when you are at home, away, and asleep.