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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.”
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 Challenge- Park 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.
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.
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.