Park City Welcomes Jane Goodall for MT2030 Summit Opening Night Keynote Address
Park City Welcomes Jane Goodall for Mountain Towns 2030 Net Zero Summit Opening Night Keynote Address
Tickets to opening night event now on sale
Park City, UT (September 10, 2019) - Renowned conservationist and United Nations Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall will headline the Mountain Towns 2030 (MT2030) Net Zero Summit Opening Night on October 2, 2019 at the Eccles Center Theater in Park City, Utah. Dr. Goodall will be joined by environmentalist and author Paul Hawken to inspire mountain communities across North America to commit to achieving carbon neutrality by or near 2030. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and a limited number of tickets for the public are now on sale at www.mt2030.org.
Mountain Towns 2030 is an organization leading mountain towns around the world in developing ambitious net zero goals by 2030. The organization was founded by Park City Municipal Corporation and the Park City Community Foundation, who will co-host the inaugural Mountain Towns 2030 Net Zero Summit, October 2 – 4, in Park City.
“We formed Mountain Towns 2030 because we strongly believe mountain towns have the power to make a global impact on climate change. Local organizations and nonprofits are a big reason we can set ambitious goals and achieve them,” said Park City Mayor Andy Beerman. “The goal is simple - join forces and tackle the biggest challenge to face our communities. Together, we can achieve carbon neutrality, grow our economy, and prove to the world that working together towards ambitious goals results in community passion and action.”
Goodall and Hawken will be joined by leading climate scientists, executives from ski resorts and winter sports industries, national and local environmental non-profits, clean energy impact investors, community leaders and others. Representatives from North American ski resort operators attending will include Alterra Mountain Company, Boyne Resorts, POWDR Corporation, and Vail Resorts.
Following the summit, Mountain Towns 2030 will implement commitments made during the Summit by creating a platform connecting participating communities. The MT2030 platform will enable monitoring and evaluation, sharing of best practices, and amplify the collective voice of mountain towns to encourage other municipalities globally to take action.
The sense of urgency around 2030 continues to escalate. The world’s climate scientists agree—to control global warming at 1.5 degrees, the earth needs drastic reductions in carbon emissions by 2030. Communities need to identify and act on effective solutions immediately.
For tickets to opening night of the Mountain Towns 2030 Net Zero Summit, please visit www.mt2030.org.
Linda Jager, Park City Municipal Corporation, 435-901-2311, email@example.com
About Mountain Towns 2030
Mountain Town 2030 (MT2030) is a coalition of mountain towns that have committed to ambitious carbon reduction goals by 2030. The inaugural Net Zero Summit is the kick-off event for MT2030 and will be held on October 2-4, 2019 in Park City, Utah. The 3-day conference, for invited city and local governments, will feature inspirational speakers and panelists, best practice sharing in focused workshops, collaborative commitments to aggressive goals that will amplify our collective voice to compel our national and global leaders to commit to “zero.”
Converting our electricity to 100% renewable is a major part of our transition to become a carbon neutral community. Renewable electricity is created using technologies that don't burn any fossil fuels to create energy, such as water, wind or the sun. There are no associated greenhouse gas emissions with creating energy from renewables. We're confident that the future will be powered with renewables.
Approximately one-third of our community-wide carbon footprint comes from the electricity we use. Decarbonization means removing the carbon emitted from our energy sources. Transitioning to renewables is how we will decarbonize the energy that Park City uses.
In 2016, Park City made the decision to work with the local utility, Rocky Mountain Power, to work together to bring 100% renewable electricity to Park City. Salt Lake City, Summit County and Moab have joined the effort and in total we will convert eighteen percent of Utah’s electric grid to renewables. While Park City is a small community of only around 8,000 people, we believe we have the power to influence to create a pathway for other communities to transition to 100% renewables.
Not only does renewable energy emit drastically fewer carbon emissions as it produces electricity, it will transform Utah’s economy, produce jobs and provide stable electricity. It will also clean the air as we transition our homes, buildings, and transportation to fully electric. Renewables are becoming cheaper than fossil fuels. Renewable energy has plunged is price, and now is competitive, and often cheaper, when compared to traditional coal and natural gas generation. Renewable electricity often has zero cost fuel. The sun and wind don’t ever send a bill. Compare this to traditional coal and natural gas generation, where the fuel price can fluctuate. PacifiCorp, Rocky Mountain Power’s parent company, recently stated that thirteen of its twenty-two coal plants are uneconomic.
In addition, renewable energy keeps the dollars spent on energy close to home. Park City alone spends over $245 million per year on energy, much of which ends up in unstable or even corrupt regions of the world. Imagine if that money was spent on local jobs, benefiting our local economy?
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