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Park City touts green efforts in flier drafted for Paris conference

Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

City Hall created a flier touting the municipal government’s environmental efforts in anticipation of the United Nations climate change conference in Paris.

Officials provided the flier to an activist headed to the conference. Bryn Carey, an Old Town resident, is involved with two organizations combating climate change. Carey intended to spend one day at the conference itself and participate in a separate event held alongside the United Nations gathering called the World Climate Summit. The flier is written in English and French.

The two-page flier highlights a recent move by Park City leaders that calls for aggressive cuts in emissions by the municipal government itself and the wider community.

Park City by 2022 wants to cut to zero the carbon emissions created by the municipal government. Leaders want to reach zero carbon emissions communitywide by 2032. The net-zero figures would involve reducing the use of emissions-creating energies as well as offsets of some sort for any emissions in Park City.

"The Council wants Park City to be a model community in the fight against climate change, with City staff and facilities leading the way," the flier says. "Our overarching goals are energy independence through the use of renewables; the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; and the preservation of biodiversity and habitat."

The flier briefly describes Park City’s history and special events that are held in the city. It mentions the efforts to protect land from development and the challenge of managing growth "while dramatically reducing our carbon footprint."

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"Can a small mountain town make an impact? Park City thinks we can make a world of difference and lead the way for other resort towns and cities," the flier also says.

The front page of the flier includes quotes from Carey and Mayor Jack Thomas. Carey talks of Park City being a leader in climate-change issues and ensuring "skiing into the 22nd Century."

"We may be a small resort town in the Wasatch Mountains, but we are also part of the global community. We owe it to ourselves, to the world, to future generations to do everything we can to combat climate change," the mayor’s quote reads.