Celebrating Untamed Ogden’s Air

Celebrating Untamed Ogden’s Air

What does it mean to have a sense of place? Why do certain places have greater meaning for us than others? Why are some people drawn to the desert, while others to the mountains or water?

Setting aside a land formation from the land surrounding it by naming it, describing it, and sharing your emotional reaction to it sets it apart from the everyday.  A sense of place is a feeling of ownership or personal investment. It is cultural evidence of our connection with the land.

Ogden City’s slogan, “Still Untamed,” owns our gritty history and beautifully diverse community, while cleverly touting Ogden’s well-deserved status as an outdoor recreation hub. My sense of place in my Ogden community includes hiking, biking, five years as an outdoor environmental educator at the Ogden Nature Center and six years as a classroom teacher at DaVinci Academy. It includes involvement in conservation, student empowerment, and the idle-free movement. I have been proud to be involved in the adoption of idle-free status for multiple schools, businesses, and one church. A few faces from the last two years’ graduating classes are just recognizable in the photo below. In it beaming seventh and eighth grade students proudly wave signs to educate parents about the dangers of idling cars outside their school during an Idle Free Week in 2013.  

The recent Every Utah Kid Outdoors legislation advocates for Utah’s children and their right to grow up experiencing our breathtakingly beautiful, ecologically-diverse landscapes. Our state is, as I tell my students, “postcard perfect, every single day.” We live in a place that is visited by one-third of the Earth’s migratory bird population, owing to the precious and delicate Great Salt Lake ecosystem. Utah is home to nine Dark Sky Parks! We are blessed to live within a couple of hours’ drive of desert, mountain, forest, or riparian ecosystems in Utah, not to mention the sites of some of the most abundant dinosaur quarries. Our parks are international tourist destinations, and people from all over the globe come here to ski. But, in order for Utah’s kids to grow up appreciating these spaces, they must get outside and experience them. In order for these spaces to be experienced, they must be preserved. And we must make sure that the environment around these places is a safe place for children to explore.

Two of my high school conservation club students recently approached Ogden City Council, sharing their own research on our local air pollution problems and charging the Council with the responsibility to take action and lead by example. Council Member Luis Lopez agreed to take action to preserve the health of our children and their ability to safely explore outdoors by sponsoring an Ogden air quality ordinance, now being drafted with the aid of Ogden’s new Sustainability Committee. This is something to celebrate! I want to thank Mr. Lopez for responding to our youth, when they asked if they could count on their City Council to protect the health of Ogden’s children, “You can count on me.” I understand that the Council Chair and Vice Chair have made this an immediate priority, and I thank them as well.   

 

 

 

Utah Legislative Updates 2019


Follow along with the bills Utah Clean Cities is tracking this year throughout the 2019 Utah State Legislative Session.


By Ashley Miller, Breathe Utah

H.B. 107 Sustainable Transportation and Energy Plan Act Amendments

HB107 allows the Utah Public Service Commission to authorize a large-scale natural gas utility to establish programs that promote sustainable energy solutions. A large-scale natural gas utility’s spending would be capped annually at $10M. The cost impact to customers would not be significant. For example, if the utility invested $15-$30M in infrastructure to support RNG production and CNG station infrastructure, the cost to the average Utah residential customer would be approximately $0.16 – $0.33 per month.

 

H.B. 139 Motor Vehicle Emissions Amendments

Rep. Angela Romero (D-Salt Lake City) is bringing back a bill that simply ran out of time last year. Her Motor Vehicle Emissions Amendments bill, HB 139, increases the fines for diesel truck owners who intentionally tamper with the emissions controls of their engines to emit plumes of black exhaust from their tailpipes.

A first offense is increased from $50 to $100, and a subsequent offense increases from $100 to $500.

It is illegal for excessive visible exhaust to be emitted from vehicles that have removed or altered the emissions controls. This bill will help strengthen the existing law by requiring a stronger line of communication between law enforcement who gives a citation, to local health departments who run the emissions inspection programs. Offenders will be reported to the health department, which will, in theory, flag a visual inspection when the vehicle is brought in for its emissions inspection.

 

H.B. 148 Vehicle Idling Revisions

Idle Free is a popular air quality campaign in Utah. It’s simple and straightforward: Don’t idle. Eight Utah cities currently have an idle-free ordinance on the books: Salt Lake City, Park City, Logan, Alta, Holladay, Murray, Sandy and Cottonwood Heights.

More cities are interested in the program, but are hindered by enforcement issues due to an ambiguous 2012 state law which many say defeats the intended purpose of reducing emissions from idling vehicles.

Rep. Patrice Arent (D-Millcreek), is running HB 148, which will repeal the idling provisions written in this state law.

 

H.C.R. 3 Concurrent Resolution Urging the Environmental Protection Agency to Update Switcher Locomotive Emission Standards &

H.B. 98 Freight Switcher Emissions Mitigation

Last year, Representative Steve Handy (R-Layton) ran a bill that would help address a significant source of air pollution in our valley—pollution from freight switcher locomotives (See CATALYST, March 2018). Freight switchers are locomotives that shuttle train cars around rail yards before they’re shipped across the country. Each unit comes with a price tag of over $1.5 million and a useful life of up to 60 years.

The ones operating in our non-attainment areas are extremely dirty tier 0 and tier 0+ engines. The current standard for these locomotives is 80-90% cleaner, but under the Clean Air Act, the state can’t require the companies that own and operate them to upgrade to a cleaner engine.

Representative Handy is addressing air pollution from freight switchers with two bills this session. He is bringing back his bill from last year, HB 98, which will create a funding mechanism to upgrade up to three of these engines. He is also bringing a separate resolution, calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to set stricter emissions standards for locomotives. This resolution, HCR 003, acknowledges that the Clean Air Act prohibits states from adopting more stringent emissions standards for switcher locomotives, and recognizes that higher emissions standards for these locomotives would reduce harmful air pollution in our non-attainment areas.

 

H.C.R. 2 Concurrent Resolution Supporting Renewable and Sustainable Energy Options to Promote Rural Economic Development

H.C.R. 11 Concurrent Resolution Encouraging the Purchase of Tier 3 Gasoline

H.C.R. 13 Concurrent Resolution Encouraging Utah Refiners to Manufacture Tier 3 Gasoline to Improve Air Quality

UCC Goes to Washington D.C.

When private and public sector, government, social, and altruistic leaders apply pioneering partnerships and technologies to address social challenges and build sustainable communities, we experience the multiplier effect.  The shared alliances we create generate an energy that seemingly doubles each time we focus on the solutions, wrestle the problem, fail, re-think the failure, and take action with a successful model. We work for this success and to move on to the next innovation.  We need to move faster.

–Tammie Bostick, Utah Clean Cities

 

What was the multiplier effect in 2018?  Advanced transportation became a real contender, a force to reckoned with offering real solutions and actionable steps to reduce oil dependency in transportation.  

This year Utah Clean Cities celebrated our Silver Anniversary. Almost three decades of work to build smart mobility models with a mission of energy security, transportation decisions made locally, resource conservation, petroleum reductions, and continued advanced, clean, and ideally renewable, technologies for fleets.  

Working fleets in America use more than 50% of all transportation oil and further these fleets are tasked with delivering all the goods and services to Americans.  They are still largely running (90%) on the dirtiest fuel: diesel. Despite our celebratory milestone and hard work we found ourselves in resistance, we almost lost our Clean Cities programs after 25 years. It was slated to be de-funded.  Clean transportation was on the chopping block and the CAFÉ standards where openly challenged.

We got busy; REALLY BUSY! Our coalition of partners generated tremendous support in the form of letter-writing, emails and phones calls to our local leaders and delegates in Washington. We fought to continue the work of advanced transportation deployment and fuel technologies.  It makes sense for our environment and economy (Investment in Alternative Fuels Creates American Jobs) and that continues to be proven despite rhetoric in the contrary.  Transportation can be clean and it can, and does, have a sound business model for success.  

Big oil lobbyist were struggling in Washington as they watched their market share of “oil only” shrink with renewable fuels from methane capture from wide varieties of feedstocks; energy developments with solar, wind, hydro, geothermal; huge advancements with electrified transportation, with batteries, charging and OEM manufacturer commitments, and hydrogen is ready for the market: in general BIG innovations with high efficiency, low carbon, high tech, clean fueled transportation.  

In 2018, we worked tirelessly with the federal Appropriation Committee and asked them to continue fund the Department of Energy programs such as Clean Cities; we were all on the chopping block in the clean fuels world.  After several important and pivotal meetings with many bi-partisan delegates, we receive full funding for another year. In fact, they doubled our funding thanks to our collaborators, Transportation Energy Partners (TEP); of which Utah Clean Cities supports and serves on the national board.

 


This year at the Energy Independence Summit in Washington, we are asking our Utah delegates to work with the Appropriations Committee on the following:

  1. Extend Tax Incentives for Alternative Transportation Fuels, Vehicles and Infrastructure
  2. Ensure Adequate Federal Funding in FY 2018 and FY 2019 for Key Alternative Fuels Programs
  3. Preserve the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS)
  4. Ensure Timely Approval of DOT CMAQ Funding for Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Our mission for clean transportation is more possible today than any other time in history.  Technologies have advanced beyond early adoption. Today we have the keys to over 650 advanced-fuel vehicles and fully-loaded corridors with high-tech energy options for fueling.  Utah joins the nation with clear commitment for clean transportation. With our dedicated Utah Green Fleet partners, regional and national allies we continue to make a difference.


 

 

 

The mission of the Utah Clean Cities Coalition is to advance the energy, economic, and environmental security of the United States by supporting local decisions to adopt practices that reduce the use of petroleum in the transportation sector.

Working closely with the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities programs, federal and state government, as well as our local stakeholders, we leverage our resources to bring funding into Utah to support the development and deployment of advanced fuel infrastructure and vehicles with an emphasis on renewable energies and technologies.

We are committed to expanding transportation modeling by offering consultation services to access proven, state-of-the-art technological vehicles and equipment with proven return on investment for smart mobility fleets.

We are here to support actionable steps to meet the challenges of our carbon-constrained world, to meet state and federal mandates and implement sound business practices to tackle the serious non-attainment conditions our state.

2018 Year in Review

The mission of the Utah Clean Cities Coalition is to advance the energy, economic, and environmental security of the United States by supporting local decisions to adopt practices that reduce the use of petroleum in the transportation sector. Working closely with the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities programs, federal and state government, as well as our local stakeholders, we leverage our resources to bring funding into Utah to support the development and deployment of advanced fuel infrastructure and vehicles with an emphasis on renewable energies and technologies.

We are committed to expanding transportation modeling by offering consultation services to access proven, state-of-the-art technological vehicles and equipment with proven return on investment for smart mobility fleets. We are here to support actionable steps to meet the challenges of our carbon-constrained world, to meet state and federal mandates and implement sound business practices to tackle the serious non-attainment conditions our state.

 

In 2018, Utah Clean Cities has been busy, busy, busy! View our 2018 Year in Review below.

 

 

Utah Clean Cities’ 25th Anniversary

THANK YOU to everyone that made this evening unforgettable. This anniversary was an opportunity for recollections and reflections of the years gone by and a positive opportunity to plan for the years ahead.

Night to Celebrate the Future of Transportation- Utah Clean Cities’ 25th Anniversary Celebration

As we celebrated our 25 Year Anniversary, we celebrated the sustainers and leadership of the Department of Energy Clean Cities Programs, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County Environmental Health Department, Division of Air Quality, and the Governor’s Office of Energy Development.  We recognized the dedicated leaders who are building electrified fleets like Packsize, Salt Lake City Fleet, Park City,  and Zions National Park and the electrification work of SELECT with Dr. David Christensen and Dr. Regan Zane.

As our grid system becomes more diversified and cleaner with renewables, we thank you Rocky Mountain Power Blue Sky Customers, so do the electric vehicles customers that run on electricity.  Three big cheers for Rocky Mountain Power and their commitment to Utah with the STEP program and the DOE WestSmart EV– the Live and Work Electric program.  Their work has helped complete our EV Highway across Utah and with neighboring sister states.  Thank you Rocky Mountain Power for you partnership with Park City and supporting their tremendous accomplishment with their electric Proterra bus system; thus helping them achieve the Greenest City in Utah Award in 2018.

 

And to the resourceful people like Lancer Group, Utah Transit Authority, United Parcel Services, Rio Tinto, Utah State University, Geneva Rock and the many Utah refuse haulers like ACE Recycling, Waste Management, Robinson Waste, Momentum Recycling, Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County who are building advanced fleet working with clean burning CNG and advancing their fleets with new technologies such as near-zero emission engines.  We thank Dominion Energy for their renewed dedication to the Utah Clean Cities mission of clean fuels with their current leadership to expand fueling for the Green Fleets in Utah. By using advanced fuels, we create greener fleets and is a part of clean air advocacy.

  • And further our Green Fleets are working with emerging renewable fuels, such as renewable natural gas, RNG, and combining them with near zero engines. With these renewables (which all fuels can be renewable) they are taking carbon out of the environment, thus lessening greenhouse gases and criteria pollutants.

We celebrate our nationally recognized Idle Free program that had hit new highs in 2018 with 8 cities with Idle Free ordinances and 71 Utah Mayors signing with the Governor’s Declaration for Idle Free- those mayors represent more than ¾ of Utahns and all of SLC County with 17 or the states largest cities. Thank you Park City, Salt Lake City, Logan, Murray, Holladay, Cottonwood Heights and Sandy City for your leadership.  Thank you to the Governor’s office for supporting this program for 11 years making Turn the Key, Be Idle Free Utah’s most beloved clean air advocacy program and state-wide environmental movement.

 

Thank you Breathe Utah, UCAIR, Utah State Board of Education and Utah Society for Environmental Education, USEE for your dedication to Turn the Key, Be Idle Free. We have Idle Free school bus policies and over 400 Idle Free schools and four entire school districts, thank you.  Thank you to all the Utah businesses that have embraced the Idle Free driver coaching and policies that have seen millions of gallons of fuel wasted.  Three cheers to Rio Tinto for their commitment, and unprecedented fuel savings and emission reductions with their fleet program; which included driver training, idle reduction and a large portfolio of advanced fuel vehicles such as clean burning natural gas, biofuels, and now they are leading the industry with new technologies and electrification.  Thank you to the Department of Administrative Services, DAS, and the Governor’s Motor Vehicle Review Board for supporting smart mobility and driver coaching resulting in right-sized fleets and reduced idling. Finally, thank you to the Bipartisan Clean Air

Caucus, Representative Lowry Snow and Representative Patrice Arent. Your legislative work has paved the way to further clean Utah’s air.


We have so many reasons to celebrate, here are a few.

Utah Clean Cities’ 25th Silver Anniversary

Stakeholders, individuals, community members and businesses are Clean Cities champions in the past 25 years with Utah Clean Cities. We held a silent award ceremony for these businesses and individuals with certificates and trophies at their tables. Please view the photos from the event throughout and at the end of this post.

We’d like to thank our sponsors who helped make this Silver Anniversary Celebration so memorable.  Thank you.


71 Mayors that signed the 11th Annual Governors’ Idle Free Declaration

In September, we held the Governors’ Declaration of Idle Free Month of September and Winter 2018-2019 Season.  More information, Idle Free materials and the Declaration can be found here. Turn Your Key, Be Idle Free. Protect Blue Skies, Breathe Easier. Utah Clean Cities and its stakeholders have distributed over 20,000 Idle Free decals and more than 300 permanent outdoor Idle Free signs. UCC continues working with communities to encourage drivers to turn off their vehicles when idling for more than 10 seconds. In recent years, the Idle Free campaign has been incorporated and adapted by other organizations—including cities, schools, businesses and air quality organizations. UCC has also enjoyed working with groups outside the state, including other coalitions, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Argonne National Laboratory.

 

 


10th Annual Anniversary Governors’ Declaration for Advanced and Alternative Fuels

Utah Clean Cities and the Governor’s Office of Energy Development celebrate together the 10 Year Anniversary and Annual Declaration of their Partnership for Advanced Fuels and Infrastructure in Utah.  We are especially thankful and grateful for the leadership of Dr. Laura Nelson and her dedication to the Utah Clean Cities mission of Clean Fuels, Clean Strategies and Clean Air.  

  • Utah has a complete alternative fuel corridor across the state beginning in Idaho running along I-15 and meeting up with sister state Nevada.
  • Utah has the largest per capita natural gas infrastructure in the nation running a close second to the larger state of Oklahoma
  • This corridor has over 231 Public alternative fueling stations; including electric, CNG, LNG, and Autogas Propane. Watch for emerging hydrogen and super-fast charging!
  • Utah completed its Mighty Five and Electric Highway this summer continuing its goal to connect Disneyland to Yellowstone Park thus making it one of the most complete electric highways in the nation!
  • Utah’s Governor Herbert and Colorado Governor Hickenlooper created the REVWest Memorandum of Understanding in 2017 bring eight (8) Regional States together to create one of the largest electric corridors in the nation
  • Utah Clean Cities is a partner with the Live & Work Electric Grant which is supporting the expansion of electric charging one Utah Business at a time with the Live and Work Electric Program

 

View the Governor’s Office of Energy Development Video for the 10 Year Alternative Fuel Declaration here:

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The Future of Transportation- Electric, Autonomous, Shared & Continuous

Dr. Regan Zane, a SELECT Founder and Professor in Electrical Engineering, talked with the attendees about the future of transportation– electric, autonomous, shared and continuous. As we grow as a nation, infrastructure integration seems to be the next large step to move transportation forward, including Electric Vehicle Wireless Power Transfer, community shared roadways with autonomous vehicles. Increased amounts of electric highways, alternative fueling stations along major roadways, and grid infrastructure will all move transportation forward into a cleaner and more economically viable future.

 

 

Thank you Dr. David Christensen for your leadership and support of Utah Clean Cities as the Chair of Board of Directors.

      

 

View the Electric Corridor Video here:


 

Robin Erickson and her unparalleled leadership and dedication to Clean Cities for over 20 years .  We announced the new graduate scholarship fund for the Utah Clean Cities Robin Erickson Legacy Scholarship

Many know Utah Clean Cities and in this knowing, they know Robin Erickson.  Robin has been an integral part of the organization and her tireless work for the coalition is nationally recognized and locally honored. We continually learn from her hard work and dedication, as she led Utah Clean Cities for 10 years. She administered the ARRA grant for Utah with record successes. Her work assisted Clean Cities Programs nation-wide to reach new heights with the Idle Free program and integrating alternative fuels to clean our air.

Her legacy will always continue with the introduction of the Utah Clean Cities Robin Erickson Legacy Scholarship. Each year starting in 2019, Utah Clean Cities will award a Graduate Student with similar dedication for transportation with the Robin Erickson Legacy Scholarship.

Thank you Robin for your unwavering leadership, we would not be where we are today without your work.


Continuous leadership of Senator Orrin Hatch and J.J. Brown Clean Air legislation, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Act and the Freedom Act and building the foundation of the, now nation-wide, Clean Cities organization

For two decades, J.J. Brown served on the staff of Senator Orrin G. Hatch’s energy and environmental committee, in Washington, DC. Drafting many ideas into bills and ushering dozens of bills into law for the Senator. He worked with, at least, seven Senate Committees and their House counterparts. The work of J.J. Brown and Senator Orrin Hatch accomplished paved the way for the National Clean Cities Program.

 


Leadership and dedication from Royal DeLegge, Chairperson of the Board

 

Dr. Royal DeLegge came on to the UCC board several years ago and became the president in 2015. His dedication to the board and to Utah Clean Cities has set

our non-profit organization on a renewed path of continued success and ensured we have the support we need from our dream team board as we plan for the future. Thank you Dr. DeLegge.

 

 


November 1st we celebrated our Silver Anniversary. It is mostly about the special people who dedicated their time to join us that makes it truly celebratory. We look forward to another 25 years- a time to build and strengthen our relationships, work together, reach our important climate milestones. Thank you, one and all, for being with Utah Clean Cities, for a long time or newly acquainted, may you all be near in the years ahead.

 

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One plus one and the 11th Annual Declaration for Idle Free In Utah

One plus one and the 11th Annual Declaration for Idle Free In Utah

What does eleven mean?  One more than ten and yet, in 2018, it means in one year so much can happen.  Does one year make a difference?  I think it can. The collective of many “ones” seems to be the spirit of Utah and the Idle Free movement.  It began with one person talking with another about the pollution that they could see, taste, feel and smell.  The questions grew from one to many, ”what is this black smoke we are seeing coming out of tailpipes?”, and “If it is burning my nose, lungs and eyes, what does that mean long-term for my health and the health of our children’s developing bodies?”  The questions kept coming and the Idle Free movement grew out of the biggest question, “Why Idle?” The question was asked in one fifth-grade classroom in Holladay, and responded to by one teacher, Patti White. Her students asked why the school buses were idling at neighborhood stops and schools zones?  They wanted an answer. And a solution.

This small question led to the action of countless others: big and small players, loud and quiet movements, one and many, again and again. Our collective voices were heard. Notably, Utah Clean Cities and the Utah State Board of Education provided the training to ensure school bus drivers were trained across the state to “Turn the Key and Be Idle Free”.  And they are, every year.  The school bus drivers are some of the biggest advocates, after all, they too are breathing the fumes along with their precious passengers.  Sharing the air at school loading zones are students, crossing guards, faculty and staff, and the people in the idling cars; all breathing the same air.  They are all within the HOT zones of pollution.

To this problem, our resolute and imperturbable Utahns, used warm tones (and sometimes HOT ones) offering solutions, and even demanding them, for the protection of themselves and loved ones at home, school and at work. Utah businesses are an unsung hero of the Idle Free movement, advocating for clean air and reducing costly, senseless wasted fuel and engine wear. Utah Clean Cities has dozens of partners who proudly use the Idle Free driver training, signage and display the little round logo, TURN THE KEY, BE IDLE FREE message on their refuse haulers, company cars, work trucks, buses, vans and heavy-duty equipment.  You can see them in drive-up windows, on doors and in parking lots throughout the state.

The collective of one: one teacher, one student, one mayor, one citizen, one school, one business, one city, and ultimately the one person who turns the key, is what makes this a remarkable grass-root program.  Turn the Key, Be Idle Free has become uniquely Utah’s motto for the environment and clean air.  It has become the movement that belongs to the one individual—the one who has awareness, who cares, and can take individual responsibility. We can all be Idle Free.

The fast turning of time has led to late summer and to the realization that the 11th Declaration for Idle Free Month and Idle Free Season is here again.  I reflected on last year and the great celebration of last year’s milestone 10 Year anniversary event. Many people — ordinary folks and extraordinary leaders –I like to say “from Alta to Zion and everywhere across the state” gathered at the Captiol to celebrate the success of Idle Free.

This year, we decided for the 11th Declaration, we wanted to set a new goal for 70 Mayors (we had 50). Utah leadership responded, and in less than a month of reaching out to Utah mayors for renewed support of the declaration, we surpassed our goal by one… just one more than seventy!

This year the support from Utah cities has grown to a historic high with seventy-one Mayors signing, along with Governor Gary Herbert, in support of Idle Free Awareness Month and Idle Free Utah 2018-2019.  This is highly significant.  Those seventy-one mayors represent the majority of Utah’s population, roughly 76%, and further, all seventeen mayors representing cities in Salt Lake County, along with Mayor Ben McAdams, have signed the Governor’s 2018-2019 Idle Free Declaration.

Join us in celebration!

On September 18th, Utah Clean Cities is celebrating the work of our dedicated partners: the “ones” and the many, the large and the small.  We are proud to announce that eight Utah cities are Idle Free cities complete with Idle Free ordinances and laws supporting local efforts to ensure communities have support with idle free education, signage, and ultimately enforcement if needed.  It’s all the right steps, one at a time, in the right direction.  This movement is important and we challenge every single city and town in Utah, one and all, to join in with the leadership and positive movement for Turn the Key, Be Idle Free.

Breathe Easier, Save Money and Protect Blue Sky. 

 

Please contact us to become an Idle Free City.  Contact Ashley Miller who diligently works with cities with the help of Breathe Utah and Utah Clean Cities.

 

Tammie Bostick-Cooper is on her third year with Utah Clean Cities.  She inherited the wonderful grass-roots program from her vigilant predecessors within Utah Clean Cities and the many partners who have been “the growth” of the program since the start more than 11 years ago.  She remains in awe of the one-plus-one-equals-three (1+1=3) concept and marvels at the fact that this year it equals eleven!   Despite her poor math, she remains, as her children call her, “the Idle-nista!”  She is humbled by all the Ones that made this Utah’s own- TURN YOUR KEY, BE IDLE FREE!

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SLC Parking Enforcement Electrifies Fleet! Saves 90% on Energy Costs.

SLC Parking Enforcement Electrifies Fleet, Saves 90% on Energy Costs

 

August 1, 2018  By Ryan Anderson, Salt Lake City Sustainability Intern

The Salt Lake City Compliance Division has a colorful, new addition to their Parking Enforcement fleet. Four all-electric Chevrolet Bolts have replaced old JEEP Wranglers to deliver financial savings and notable pollution reductions.

“It’s important that we lead by example and demonstrate how electric vehicles offer a reliable, safe and efficient alternative to gas-powered cars,” stated Greg Fieseler, Compliance Division Field Supervisor. “The electric cars are fun to drive too!”

Greg acknowledged there was initially some skepticism among staff that the new EVs would prove viable as fleet vehicles. That skepticism has been replaced by enthusiasm as the electric cars are now “the preferred choice” for most employees. Compliance has been able to seamlessly integrate these vehicles without any modifications to routes or other significant operational changes.  Even with 90 degree-plus heat throughout July, and the A/C running for most of the day, the 200-plus mile range of the Bolts has allowed officers to complete their daily routes with energy to spare.

Lorna Vogt, Deputy Director of Operations for Salt Lake City Public Services, also likes the look of the new cars and the message they convey to the community. The old JEEP Wranglers were sometimes perceived as intimidating, whereas the Chevy Bolts have a friendlier look that aligns with the Division’s “primary mission of educating and not simply penalizing people for violating parking rules.”

In addition to stylish looks and a fun driving experience, the EVs are also delivering serious operational savings. Low-speed travel and frequent stopping led to fuel consumption averaging around 10 MPG for JEEP Wranglers in the fleet. Compare this to a Chevy Bolt which averages around 119 MPG-equivalent according to FuelEconomy.gov.

Use in actual operations for Compliance shows the vehicles are averaging around 3 miles per kilowatt-hour of electricity consumed through three months. This equates to an energy cost of 3 cents per mile for the EVs (assumes 9.0 cents / kWh) compared to 30 cents per mile for the Wranglers (assumes $3.00 / gallon) – an energy cost savings of 90%!

For a vehicle traveling 12,000 miles per year, energy cost savings like these add up to over $3,000 annually and quickly pay back any initial cost premium.

The new electric cars are also expected to have far fewer maintenance costs than their gasoline counterparts. The Compliance Division will be able to track and quantify actual savings over time, but reports published by organizations like AAA suggest EVs have the lowest maintenance and repair costs of any vehicle type.

While low operating costs are attractive, these new vehicles arguably deliver their most important benefits when it comes to pollution reductions and air quality improvements. The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) published an evaluation in 2017 of EVs operating along the Wasatch Front in Utah that demonstrated up to a 99% reduction in local air quality pollutants relative to a new gasoline vehicle.

The SWEEP research also documented a carbon emissions benefit of 19% for EVs in Utah, but analysis of the Compliance Division fleet suggests an even bigger savings for their operations. Based on the energy consumption averages mentioned above, Salt Lake City expects the Chevy Bolts will reduce carbon emissions 72% on a mile-per-mile basis relative to the JEEP Wranglers. This is certainly a step in the right direction for the City and its Climate Positive community goals.

Range Confidence with Ride and Drives Electric Vehicles Charge Ahead

Range Confidence with Ride and Drives Electric Vehicles Charge Ahead in the Future of Transportation Sponsored by the Governor’s Office of Energy Development

 

The air pollution problem we face in Utah is complicated to say the least. There are several significant sources, but the largest source comes from the mobile sector, contributing nearly half of the pollution emitted along the Wasatch Front every single day.

 

In collaboration with Salt Lake City and local non-profits like Breathe Utah and the Utah Clean Air Partnership, Utah Clean Cities set out to address this issue at a consumer level. We started with local dealerships, where we trained sales managers and sales staff to have a better understanding of battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and hybrids. You see, each vehicle for sale has an EPA label within the window sticker. A smog rating identifies the amount of criteria pollutants a vehicle emits from the tailpipe. The larger the number on the scale, the better. For example, a full battery electric vehicle has a smog rating of 10, since it has zero tailpipe emissions. We wanted the sales people negotiating with customers to be conversant in the language of a cleaner choice for air quality, and discuss the smog rating right alongside miles per gallon.

 

From this project, our mission grew into preparing and educating the dealerships on all of the current incentives for purchasing clean vehicles, as well as local programs, like Work Electric, which focuses on significant discounts for businesses looking to upgrade their fleets. Utah is uniquely situated, along with seven other states, entering into a memorandum of understanding that each state will invest in, and build out, an electrified connected highway charging system, boosting range confidence in drivers looking to travel long distances in a BEV.

 

With all the great EV incentives and programs available to consumers today, demand is increasing rapidly. More and more Utahns are walking on to local lots asking for EVs. Some face the problem of not having vehicles physically available to try out. To give consumers a taste of what it’s like to drive an EV, we host fun and informative Ride and Drives. Ride and Drives are perfect opportunities for consumers to “try on” EV ownership. Dealers and owners of EVs graciously bring vehicles to these events for test-drive, and are able to answer the questions consumers have about various aspects of owning an EV, including where they charge and how often, and which businesses around town have free charging available. The first thing our participants notice when they step into the drivers seat is the “zip” of an EV! These cars are fast and fun to drive. And quiet! It’s not often you see seven people pile into a Tesla Model X with huge smiles on their faces. But this is one of the scenes you’ll see if you attend a Ride and Drive event.

 

Utah Clean Cities and the Governor’s Office of Energy Development hosted two very successful EV Ride and Drives this spring. The first event was held at the Fourth Annual Salt Lake County Health Department’s Climate Change Symposium, hosting over a dozen EVs and an impressive line-up of drivers to experience first hand the vehicles of the future. Over 60 symposium attendees participated in the ride and drive during lunch.

In May, Utah Clean Cities, in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Energy Development brought together Utah’s leading EV dealerships to help educate and encourage hybrid and EVs at the 2018 Governor’s Energy Summit. This ride and drive proved to be our largest event to date with over 300 participants getting to check out various clean vehicle makes and models from BMW of Murray, Larry H. Miller, Ken Garff, Mark Miller, Tesla, Strong Auto Group, Ford, Tim Dahle Nissan, and XL Hybrid.

 

Programs like the Ride and Drives and EV workshops hosted by Utah Clean Cities are working to increase the consumer appetite for clean vehicle technology. More of these vehicles on Utah’s roads — especially replacing older, dirtier combustion models — will mean cleaner air for all.

How the ‘Inconvenient Youth’ Can Influence (Pester?) Others on Clean Air Action

By Edwin Stafford (ed.stafford@usu.edu) and Roslynn Brain (roslynn.brain@usu.edu)
See the past winner posters here!

Social influence is often instrumental for encouraging pro-social behavioral change in others.  Who else are the most influential in our lives but our own children – with whom we want to maintain mutual love and respect?   We call this the “Inconvenient Youth” effect, and it is our current focus with the Utah High School Clean Air Poster Contest (cleanaircontest.usu.edu).  

Now in its fourth year, we piloted the contest at Logan High in 2015 to engage teens learning to drive to understand the air pollution implications of their new driving privilege through a fun poster contest where participants could win desirable prizes donated by local businesses (merchandise, gift cards and cash).  Posters have been funny, edgy, and reflecting teen values and pop culture.  Winning posters have then been displayed throughout the community.   

What we’ve discovered, however, is that not only do teens learn driving strategies to help preserve air quality, such as refrain from idling and engage in trip-chaining and carpooling, but they also become clean air evangelists, influencing (pestering?) their parent, families and friends to take the same actions as well.  

For our expanded 2017 iteration of the contest involving over 400 teens in Cache Valley, we found approximately two-thirds of surveyed participants reported encouraging others to engage in clean air actions – even though we did not instruct them to do so – and 43% believed that they actually changed others’ behaviors for good.  

Can the Inconvenient Youth effect be harnessed and encouraged?  That’s what we’re investigating next!  We’ve published our current findings in the December 2017 issue of Sustainability:  The Journal of Record (article available upon request).  Specifically, we overview some strategies and future research for further harnessing the ‘Inconvenient Youth’ and how teens may be further empowered to foster clean air behaviors within their families and social networks.