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Bring ideas to green event

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

The organizers of the Save Our Snow green program have scheduled another event next week, a chance for people to start talking about actions that can be taken in Park City to combat a warming planet.

The event is slated for Tuesday from 6:45 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Treasure Mountain International School. The organizers are billing evening as a "first step in the process (of) developing a community plan for reducing our carbon footprint and conserving water," a flier announcing the Tuesday event says.

Katie Wright, who is with the Park City Foundation and is one of the organizers, said the group on Tuesday will hold a brainstorming session to come up with ways to make Park City friendlier to the environment.

She said topics could include reducing the amount of water Parkites use, increasing energy efficiency and reducing waste. Wright said transit issues could also be discussed.

People at the event will be split between tables, with each table discussing the topics. Wright said she hopes 100 people attend. Light refreshments will be served, and the organizers encourage people to bring their own water bottles.

"It’s envisioning a better future," she said.

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The Save Our Snow program is a wide-ranging review of local environmental efforts. It has involved City Hall, the ski industry and regular Parkites. City Hall has been especially aggressive as it tries to reduce the amount of greenhouse-gas emissions attributable to the operations of the municipal government.

The adherents say a warming planet threatens Park City’s economy since local business relies heavily on the ski industry. Some project that the ski season in Park City could be significantly shortened someday if global temperatures rise. The snow conditions would also suffer under that scenario, they say.

The Tuesday event will follow shortly after a well-attended presentation at the Eccles Center that focused on the environmental and economic impacts of a warming planet. One of the speakers at the Eccles Center said the local economy could take a hit that reaches into the hundreds of millions of dollars if climate forecasts are accurate.

For more information about the Tuesday event, contact Tyler Poulson, who manages City Hall’s environmental programs, at 615-5204 or tyler.poulson@parkcity.org. Information about the local environmental efforts is available at http://www.parkcitygreen.org.

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