Earth Day proclaimed in Park City
Park City leaders celebrated Earth Day a little early.
The Park City Council recently passed a resolution proclaiming Earth Day in the community on Friday, April 22, the date that celebrates the planet. The proclamation fits with City Hall’s wide-ranging environmental efforts meant to combat the effects of a changing climate. There is a concern among Park City leaders that a changing climate could one day threaten the ski industry.
The one-page proclamation says the quality of life in Park City "is dependent upon maintaining healthy eco systems" and that the community is "committed to balancing the economic, environmental and community systems necessary to sustain a positive quality of life for future generations."
It also notes one of City Hall’s ambitious environmental goals a desire for what is known as net-zero emissions for the municipal government by 2022 and citywide by 2032. Net-zero emissions does not involve the elimination of emissions but calls for reducing emissions as well as offsets for emissions that remain.
The resolution encourages people in Park City to plant trees and fight a changing climate "and protect and strengthen our economy for the next generation."
The Summit County Council, meanwhile, passed a resolution earlier declaring Earth Day in the county.
"As caretakers of our planet, we all have an obligation to protect our earth for the next generation. The decisions we make today will have a profound impact on the world we leave behind, and we must each do our part," the County Courthouse resolution says.
Recycle Utah, a not-for-profit based in Park City, plans to hold an Earth Day dinner on Friday, April 22 at 6 p.m. at the Wasatch Brew Pub on Main Street. The event will include a silent auction with proceeds benefiting Recycle Utah. The auction will feature experiences that have little impact on the environment, such as movie tickets, dinners and spa visits. The cost is $35 each for dinner and two drinks and $15 for kids.
Insa Riepen, the executive director of Recycle Utah, said Whole Foods intends to make a donation to the organization based on sales on Earth Day. The money raised will be put toward Recycle Utah programs addressing electronic waste.
"We need to keep it clean and healthy," Riepen said about the planet.
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