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Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club will host a social

The Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club is a grassroots volunteer organization dedicated to:

  • Protecting and promoting Utah’s outdoors and natural landscapes
  • Educating and advocating for the responsible preservation of clean air, water and habitats
  • Supporting the development of sustainable and renewable energy for the benefit of present and future generations, according to its mission.

    The nonprofit has about 600 volunteers who live is Summit County, said Mark Clemens, manager of the Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club.

    That’s why the organization will host an informal social at Treasure Mountain Inn, 255 Main St., on Saturday, May 9, from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.

    "The Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club has been working in Summit and Wasatch Counties for awhile, but our actual existence of a volunteer entity has waxed and waned," Clemens said during an interview with The Park Record. "We do have volunteers in the area who are actively involved. We call them the Wasatch Back Network, and the social is a way or everyone to get together and meet.

    "The Wasatch Back is a very social place and even though people know one another by sight, but don’t realize they are members of the Sierra Club," he said. "The event will give us a chance to mingle."

    There will also be short presentations about clean energy conservation and renewable energy.

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    "The Utah Chapter is involved in an initiative called Utah Needs Clean Energy, and the objective of that campaign is to transform our current 20 percent goal for renewable energy by 2025 into a guaranteed 20 percent renewable energy standard by 2025," Clemens said. "We’ll talk about that and about Summit County Power Works, which is an extremely exciting initiative."

    Summit County Power Works is a Park City Community Project that is part of a competition called the Georgetown University Energy Prize, an award given to the city or county that "fosters innovative approaches to energy efficiency, educates the public and engages students in energy issues and grow markets for products & services that facilitate energy efficiency," according to its mission statement.

    Any community with a population between 5,000 and 250,000 can compete. Between the years of 2015 and 2017, the community who develops a plan that reduces the most energy consumption per capita will receive a $5 million dollar prize, the statement said.

    The informal social will not only be free and open to club members, but also to the public, Clemens said.

    "We’re not going to check membership cards at the door," Clemens said with a chuckle. "It’s open to anyone who wants to know about the Sierra Club and what we do."

    However, the Sierra Club staff will be on hand to recruit new members at the event.

    "We’ll have our good, old-fashioned clipboard where people can sign up on," Clemens said. "We’ll also be available to talk about the spectrum of volunteer activities."

    The Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club offers different levels of volunteers, he said.

    "Active members are those who have paid their dues within the past year, but we also have a group of supporters who have taken online actions and other jobs," Clemens said. "I think we’ll all be interested in talking with each other and finding out what we’ve all be up to."

    The Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club will hold a free informal social at Treasure Mountain Inn, 255 Main St., on Saturday, May 9, from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. The public is invited For more information, visit utah.sierraclub.org.

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