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Utah Clean Cities Awarded $1.8 Million in Federal Funding for Electric Vehicle Adoption

  MAY 16, 2021

Salt Lake City-based nonprofit Utah Clean Cities was awarded $1.8 million in federal funding last month for the advancement of electric vehicles in the state.

The $1.8 million comes from a partnership between Utah Clean Cities and the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Vehicle Technologies program.

According to Utah Clean Cities, the money will go towards efforts to further the adoption of electric vehicles in the state for both personal and commercial uses.

In a prepared statement, Utah Clean Cities said the infrastructure and education for the transition to electric vehicle technology must be in place for large scale adoption of electric vehicles to be successful.

Executive Director of Utah Clean Cities, Tammie Bostick said: “This project will allow Utah Clean Cities to further develop the electrification movement for both passenger vehicles and fleet vehicles within our state while sharing valuable expertise with our regional and national partners.”

The Park City City Council formally adopted new regulations regarding their electric vehicle infrastructure last November. The changes now require dedicated parking, infrastructure, and charging stations to support electric vehicles in new development and redevelopment projects.

Going forward, 20% of all new off-street parking in the city must be electric vehicle friendly with pre-installed underground wiring in place to support future charging stations. Additionally, 5% of new parking spaces must now have an electric vehicle charging station installed.

More information on Utah Clean Cities and the Department of Energy grant can be found here.

KPCW news reports on climate change issues are brought to you by the Park City Climate Fund at the Park City Community Foundation, an initiative that engages Park City in implementing local, high-impact climate solutions that have potential to be effective in similar communities.

Utah Clean Cities & Southwest Utah Leadership MOVE the Southwest Launches

Utah Clean Cities & Southwest Utah Leadership MOVE the Southwest Launches as Mobility Outdoors Visitor Experience is Powered-up in the American Western Landscape.

May– 20, 2021 ⎼⎼

Salt Lake City, Utah

Utah Clean Cities Coalition joined Kane County, Kanab, Zion Forever Project, Kane County Office of Tourism, and other officials for the launch of MOVE the Southwest and a corresponding Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment ribbon cutting. MOVE the Southwest captures the vision and sentiment of the emerging vision of Smart Mobility within and around Utah’s national and state parks. It frames more fully how we physically move through natural environments and additionally, how we are emotionally moved by Utah’s magnificent landscapes. MOVE the Southwest invites further interpretation for Mobility Outdoors Visitor Experience (MOVE)

MOVE the Southwest is an innovative approach to mobility that transforms the way visitors experience Southwestern Utah–whether it be a shuttle bus, passenger vehicle, or more active movement, such as walking, hiking, climbing or biking. This whole concept surrounds movement, and this movement should increasingly be zero emissions and fossil fuel free. It’s a call to recognize the natural resources inherent to the American West and supports building new ways of experiencing the outdoors with renewable energy sources. This initiative is part of a large-scale commitment from diverse stakeholders across the public and private sectors and at the local, state, and federal level.  Most importantly, MOVE the Southwest includes state-of-the-art technologies such as electrified transportation. Read more

Persuasive Art to Care for our Air

“Ms. Kim, I didn’t know this was a problem before today,” said one student at the end of our art lesson on persuasive art to raise awareness about air pollution and change behavior to reduce it.

Before COVID-19 caused a lockdown in March 2020, we had started an ambitious art project to create a large mural to encourage families to stop idling at pickup and drop off at our school, Mountain West Montessori Academy in South Jordan. This was designed to support Principal Angie Johnson’s kind requests sent through e-mail to families to stop idling as it was harming the health of children and staff at the entrance each day, twice a day. When I asked the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students in Lower Elementary (approximately 160 total) if they thought their voices, through art, could successfully change behavior and reduce idling, the response was loud and clear: yes!

Although we were able to put up the “Turn Your Key, Be Idle Free” signs at school that were generously donated by Utah Clean Cities, we had to wait until April 2021 to reintroduce the persuasive art project in a different way that was more adapted to schedule changes and social distancing. Instead of making the large mural, students made individual persuasive artworks to show families the problems that air pollution creates, to educate others about idling, and to suggest various ways we can all reduce air pollution.

The lesson introduced winter inversion, summer ozone, causes and effects, idling, and many ways we can all make a difference to reduce air pollution. It also showcased the artwork of environmental artists such as John Sabraw, Aida Sulova, and Chris Jordan to show students that art can be a powerful tool to help raise awareness and change behavior. Students gave their opinions about what messages the artists were trying to convey, using evidence and reasoning. They also looked at photographs of inversion in the Salt Lake Valley and of children in other cities where air pollution is a major problem, such as Beijing and Los Angeles, expressing complex feelings and empathy for both the air and the people.

Some students were not aware of an air pollution problem in the Salt Lake Valley and others did not know what idling was before the lesson. Some students shared that they had asthma and wanted to ask their neighbors who idle to please stop because it makes it harder for them to breathe. Many students came up with great ideas for how to convey their sadness to see air pollution, their anger when people pollute, their concern for the environment, and their suggestions for improvements (electric cars and tools, no more idling, using other modes of transportation that pollute less, such as biking or horseback riding to school!). Informed and inspired, they created their own art using discarded paper to persuade people to care more about the air.

All artwork was displayed in the school entrance on Earth Day so that everyone could see their messages, either from the car or by walking in to drop off or pick up students. When noticing everyone stopping to look at their art, they saw firsthand that their voices matter and are being heard. “Be Idle Free” posters were hung alongside their work and educational brochures with “Turn Your Key, Be Idle Free” decals were left in the entrance for students, families, and staff to help spread the word. Nearly everything was gone by the end of the day!

The generous donation of educational material and signs for our school has certainly helped students send out their message and has had an impact on our school community, as well as our air quality! I am very proud of the students for using their voices through art to help bring about change that will help Utah, and the world. It is my hope that their artwork can inspire other schools to make efforts to reduce air pollution. We greatly appreciate the support of Utah Clean Cities and believe that, thanks to their participation in our efforts, we have taken a true step forward in reducing air pollution at our school.

See the artwork below!

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Utah joins 14-state partnership to advance infrastructure for electric vehicles

Posted at 12:02 PM, May 03, 2021 and last updated 12:12 PM, May 03, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is joining 13 other states, the Department of Energy, and special interest groups to advance the infrastructure for electric vehicles in the United States.

The “Drive Electric USA” group aims to “engage individuals, utilities, legislators, dealerships and others towards removing adoption barriers and accelerating plug-in electric vehicle use in our states,” according to the organization’s website.

According to Utah Clean Cities, another group involved in the initiative, Utah is already ahead of the curve with its EV infrastructure. The state has more than 50 DC fast-charge stations.

“Utah’s focus will be building out rural and state highways. So, we’ll be focusing on gateway communities around national parks, and state and scenic byways, so that’s really exciting,” said Tammie Bostick, Executive Director, Utah Clean Cities.

Drive Electric USA’s plans include setting up EV “chapters” in the participating states, educating utilities and regulation officials, engaging in EV infrastructure planning, increasing the adoption of electric vehicle-based fleets, and working dealers to develop preferred dealer programs.

May 2021