14th Annual Governor’s Idle Free Declaration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 1st, 2021

Fourteenth Annual Governor’s Idle Free Declaration

 

September marks the 14th Annual Governor Declaration for Idle Free in Utah September 2021 and the 2021-2022 Winter Season in Utah. The Governor’s Declaration is currently signed by 76 Utah Mayors who represent more than ¾ of the state’s population. The highly anticipated event will be held on Wednesday, September 1st at 11 AM via a virtual announcement.  Key leaders and advocates for the Idle Free will share their stories, work and support of this unique Utah campaign for clean air and zero emissions. 

Over the past fourteen years, the Idle Free Education programs continue to grow and are supported by Utah Clean Cities, UCAIR, Breathe Utah, Utah Society for Environmental Education and the State Health Department’s Asthma Program and Recess Guide.  To date, these grass-roots programs have directly reached more than 15,000 students, and are growing, across 425 schools. 

 

We once again initiate the beloved Idle Free Campaign, “Turn Your Key, Be Idle Free” and announce Utah’s official Idle Free Season 2021-2022. After a tumultuous summer of extreme heat and poor air quality due to wildfires, emissions, and other climate disruptions, it is especially important to commit to right action. We each must ask ourselves, as an individual, as a member of your community and a citizen of the state of Utah what you can do? It is simple. Turn Your Key Be Idle Free. It is a ten-second commitment, and everyone can do it. If we can commit to making small changes, these can lead to bigger results. ” Tammie Bostick, Executive Director, Utah Clean Cities

 

The Turn your Key, Be Idle Free program recognizes the Utah cities that are officially Idle Free cities. To date, the cities of Park City, Salt Lake City, Alta, Holladay, Logan, Cottonwood Heights, Murray, Springdale, Sandy and Draper City all have Idle Free City Ordinances. Zion National Park is also Idle Free.

The summer of 2021 has brought soaring temperatures, limited precipitation, and terrible air quality due to the all too common and seemingly expected wildfire season throughout the west.  These wildfires create extremely unhealthy conditions due to high ozone, soaring PM 2.5 levels and heavy smoke. The smoke this year filled our skies almost the entire summer season.

Combine this smoke with emissions from cars and trucks that consistently contribute to the largest sources of harmful pollutants along the Wasatch Front, the resulting emissions combined with fires have left at-risk groups, and even some of the healthiest individuals, in a  health crisis. Cleaner air can be supported by individuals and organizations who make conscious decisions to limit their emissions. Local government entities, businesses, fleets and many Utah communities are raising the bar for partnership with this annual reminder to stop unnecessary idling. 

 

“Healthy communities breathe clean air,” said Mikelle Moore, Intermountain Healthcare’s senior vice president and chief community health officer. “We are committed to reducing air pollution outside our facilities and in our communities. We’re grateful for our partnership with Utah Clean Cities in launching idle-free zones on our campuses.

 

Air quality is a complex issue. There is no “magic bullet” solution to solving our air pollution challenges. Vehicle exhaust makes up about half of the air pollution in Utah, and unnecessary idling contributes a significant amount of emissions into our air shed each day.  Over 80 Utah fleets make a commitment each year with Utah Clean Cities and the communities they serve to run their fleets Idle Free. Since 2013,  Utah Clean Cities annually submits  those idle free reduction reports from Utah’s fleets to the National Renewable Energy Lab, NREL.  Based on Utah Clean Cities annual report data from 2013 to 2020, the Turn Your Key Be Idle Free program has reduced more than 12,298 tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the past seven years. That is equivalent to  reducing 25 thousand barrels of oil usage in Utah or eliminating over a million gallons of diesel in Utah.

 

“UCAIR recently conducted a public survey and the results indicate widespread success of the Idle Free campaign,” said Kim Frost, UCAIR Executive Director. “Eight-nine percent of survey respondents reported that they know what to do to clear the air. More specifically, seventy-two percent of the respondents reported being idle free. Additionally, Utahns said that knowing their actions are making a difference, drives their desire to make a change. We are excited to see the impactful role that the Turn Your Key, Be Idle Free campaign plays in improving Utah’s air quality.”’ 

 

Utah Clean Cities and Intermountain Healthcare have partnered to bring awareness to the impacts idling has on individual and community health through an updated signage campaign.  These updated visual images of the Idle Free signs can be seen throughout Intermountain Healthcare Campuses. Ten new signs will be installed at Utah Valley Hospital during the month of September, with more to be installed throughout the region. It is our collective hope to remind visitors of the importance of turning off our vehicles to support the safety and well-being of employees, patients, and visitors. 

 

 

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

Fourteen States Coalesce Efforts to  “Drive Electric USA”

Fourteen States Coalesce Efforts to  “Drive Electric USA”

April– 1, 2021 ⎼⎼

Salt Lake City, Utah

A partnership of the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Vehicle Technologies, DOE VTO, program recently won over $1.8 million in DOE funding to significantly advance electric vehicle (EV) adoption in their states.

Drive Electric USA shows the unification between Clean Cities across the nation and their overarching goal of improving infrastructure, education and adoption for battery electric vehicles, EV’s. EVs are quickly being incorporated into transportation planning strategies as the newest technology that provides zero emission driving. Now more than ever, good resources providing sound EV education is imperative across various stakeholders in both the public and private sector. With a growing demand for EVs and more auto manufacturers committing to battery electric, the infrastructure and education for this newest vehicle technology transition must be in place for large scale adoption of EVs to be successful. 

“Utah is really a head of the game in the field of EV infrastructure in the Intermountain West touting over 50 DC Fast Chargers. 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.” commented Tammie Bostick, Executive Director of Utah Clean Cities.

Read more

Utah Clean Cities Coalition heads to Energy Independence Summit 2021

Utah Clean Cities Joins the Energy Independence Summit for Clean Fuel, Vehicles & Infrastructure in Washington D.C.

 

Date: March 16, 2021

Contact: Tammie Bostick, Utah Clean Cities Executive Director

 

March 16th, 2021 – Salt Lake City, Utah

COALITION’S LOCAL INITIATIVES SHOW PROMISE OF SHIFT TO CLEAN TECHNOLOGIES

NOTE: Tammie Bostick, Utah Clean Cities, is available for interviews to discuss UCC initiatives.

 Utah Clean Cities Coalition, UCCC, will join the Transportation Energy Partners, TEP, and clean transportation leaders from across the nation next week virtually to educate federal policy makers about the need to expand America’s use of alternative fuels, including biofuels, electricity, natural gas, and propane autogas, all of which are available as a renewable fuel today. Utah Clean Cities Coalition Board of Trustees and other key stakeholders  will participate in Energy Independence Summit, EIS, 2021, the nation’s premier clean transportation policy event, on March 17-19 & 22-26, 2021.

 

“We have the great opportunity to virtually attend and discuss key Utah partnerships and projects to ensure that our representatives and administration understand the United States must aggressively expand use of alternative fuels. By increasing the nation’s alternative fuel portfolio we are decreasing our reliance on imported oil, and lessening our dependence on fossil fuels in the transportation and energy sector.” Said Tammie Bostick, UCCC Executive Director and Vice President of the TEP Executive Board 

Read more

Utah Clean Cities & Dominion Energy Utah Cooperative Agreement

Clean transportation collaborative takes formal steps to work on climate goals.

 

Date: January 6th, 2021

Contact: Tammie Bostick, Utah Clean Cities Executive Director

 

January 6th, 2021 – Salt Lake City, Utah

Utah Clean Cities Coalition (UCCC) and Dominion Energy Utah signed a joint cooperation statement voicing the organizations’ desire to work together to support their respective air quality and energy goals through the use and development of innovative programs and technologies associated with natural gas development including renewable natural gas, alternative fuels, and energy efficiency.

Last year, 2020, marked Utah’s 12th Annual Alternative Fuels Awareness Month, with the release of the twelfth Governor’s Declaration. This public and private partnership with UCCC and Dominion Energy Utah works to advance green, clean transportation and infrastructure. Integrating advanced fuel technologies boosts Utah’s overall economy, fosters academic ingenuity and benefits the transportation sector as a whole by offering the most modern and state-of-the-art transportation models within the state, region and nation.

UCCC intends to collaborate with Dominion Energy Utah to achieve their energy goals by harnessing emerging and innovative fuel and energy opportunities while also enhancing the uptake of existing energy efficiency programs.

Read more

Utah Clean Cities Coalition 1st Annual Beyond Zero Green Fleets Award Ceremony 2020

Date: Thursday, November 19th

Time of the event: 11 – 12:30 p.m.

Location: Virtual Event

Website: http://utahcleancities.org/green-fleet/#/find/nearest

__________________________________________________________________________

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UTAH CLEAN CITIES COALITION 1ST ANNUAL
BEYOND ZERO GREEN FLEET AWARDS CEREMONY 2020

Nov 19, 2020 — Salt Lake City, Utah

Utah Clean Cities hosted the 1st Annual Beyond Zero Green Fleet Awards Ceremony today. Twenty outstanding Utah fleets, community leaders and organizations were presented with awards for their contributions to reduce emissions and improve air quality in Utah thus ensuring a healthy and prosperous future for Utah communities and building environmental resilience. These awards recognized those in Utah’s transportation sector who have committed to developing zero-emission fleet goals through the adoption and expansion of alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies.

The Beyond Zero Green Fleets Award Ceremony was moderated by Utah Clean Cities’ Executive Director, Tammie Bostick. Utah Clean Cities presented awards for Fleet of the Year, Sustainability Partner of the Year, Community Impact of the Year and other categories such as Non-Profit Partner of the Year and Workplace Charging Partner of the Year.

 

Read more

Governor Herbert Signs 12th Annual Alternative Fuels Awareness Month Declaration

Date: Monday, November 2nd

Time of the event: 11 – 12 p.m.

Location: Virtual Event

Website: http://utahcleancities.org/event/alternative-fuels-declaration-2020/

__________________________________________________________________________

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GOVERNOR HERBERT SIGNS 12TH ANNUAL
ALTERNATIVE FUELS AWARENESS MONTH DECLARATION

Nov 2, 2020 — Salt Lake City, Utah
Leaders and organizations virtually gathered for the 12th Annual Governor’s Declaration in celebrating Alternative Fuels Awareness Month for November. This public and private partnership works to advance green, clean transportation and infrastructure. This year’s virtual event was designed to engage a diverse audience and aims to educate on the topic of renewable alternative fuels, emission reductions and focuses on the high tech scene of advanced vehicle technologies such as electrified roads, autonomous vehicles and real world fleets using renewable fuels. Fast tracking the integration of advanced fuel technologies assuredly boosts Utah’s overall economy, fosters academic ingenuity and benefits the transportation sector as a whole by offering the most modern and state-of-the-art transportation models within the state, region and nation.

The Governor’s Declaration highlights key real world successes in Utah demonstrating the integration of low and zero-emissions transportation options and furthermore calls for the continued expansion of infrastructure for alternative fuels. The declaration notes the emerging portfolio of advanced fueled vehicles, both public and private, including fuels produced from Utah-sourced agricultural and municipal wastes, for renewable sourced electric, propane, compressed natural gas, and biodiesel making all renewable alternative fuels carbon benefitting and beyond zero emissions.

 

Read more

13th Annual Governor Declaration for Idle Free in Utah September 2020 and the 2020-2021 Winter Season

Date: Tuesday, September 8th

Time of the event: 11:00 a.m. – Noon

Location: Virtual Event

Website: utahcleancities.org/event/13th-annual-governors-declaration-idle-free-month-season-2020-21/

__________________________________________________________________________

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 4th, 2020

Thirteenth Annual Governor’s Idle Free Declaration

September marks the 13th Annual Governor Declaration for Idle Free in Utah September 2020 and the 2020-2021 Winter Season in Utah. The Governor’s Declaration is currently signed by 76 Utah Mayors who represent more than ¾ of the state’s population. The highly anticipated event will be held on Tuesday, September 8 from 11:00 a.m. to noon via a virtual webinar.  Key leaders and advocates for in the Idle Free will share their stories, work and support of this unique Utah campaign for clean air and zero emissions

Over the past thirteen years, the Idle Free Education programs continue to grow and are supported by Utah Clean Cities, UCAIR, Breathe Utah, Utah Society for Environmental Education and the State Health Department’s Asthma Program and Recess Guide.  To date, these grass-roots programs have directly reached more than 15,000 students, and growing, across 425 schools.

“You know you are reaching a tipping point when nearly every school child in Utah is passionate about idle-free. These young stewards have taken the original message and made it into curbside campaigns through art, song, poetry, personal narrative and life-long commitment to clean air,” noted Tammie Bostick, Executive Director of Utah Clean Cities Coalition. Bostick added, “And to further our coalitions’ commitment to idle free, Utah Clean Cities is launching an innovative fleet program, Beyond Zero Green Fleets. This program can literally take the pollution solution to beyond zero emissions with carbon benefiting models”

 

Read more

UCC Joins Nationwide Policy Efforts for Clean Fuel, Vehicles & Infrastructure at Energy Independence Summit in Washington, D.C.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 5th, 2020.

Utah Clean Cities Executive Director, Tammie Bostick, and Senior Project Manager, Emily Paskett, will join clean transportation leaders from across the nation next week in Washington, D.C. to educate federal policymakers on the need to accelerate America’s adoption of alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies. Bostick and Paskett will participate in the Energy Independence Summit 2020, the nation’s premier clean transportation policy event, onFebruary 10-12.

While there has been a recent drop in gasoline prices, they remain extremely volatile, and the U.S. continues to send more than $200 billion per year to OPEC and other nations for oil, stated Bostick. According to Bostick, the transition to alternative fuels must support America’s growing economy and secure a healthy future for our communities. 

“We are traveling to Washington D.C. to ensure that our Utah legislative delegates understand that the U.S. and Utah must strategically expand our use of stateside fuels. To stabilize all fuel prices and decrease our reliance on imported oil, we must increase our renewable fuel portfolio and lessen our dependence on fossil fuels in the transportation and energy sector,” she said. “For Utah, the message is clear: we must tackle our serious air quality issues with the goal of zero emissions at the tailpipe.” 

Read more

Utah Business, Fleet Saver,  Acquires Lancer Energy to Accelerate Adoption of Alternative Fuels, Reduce Emissions, and Improve Air Quality in Utah

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 19, 2019

Utah Business, Fleet Saver,  Acquires Lancer Energy to Accelerate Adoption of Alternative Fuels, Reduce Emissions, and Improve Air Quality in Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah. Utah-based Fleet Saver LLC (Fleet Saver) has made a strategic acquisition of Utah-based Lancer Auto Group LLC (re-named Lancer Energy) in order to accelerate the adoption of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, including those running on renewable natural gas (RNG), in the western United States. 

On Thursday, November 21, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, the public and media are invited to attend the official opening and ribbon cutting for FleetSaver. This event is being hosted by Utah Clean Cities, Lancer Group & FleetSaver, and is located at 111 East Broadway, Suite 150, Salt Lake City, UT 84111. For further event information, including logistics and parking, click here

Lancer Energy performs EPA-certified conversions of light-duty vehicles, medium-duty vehicles, and Class 6-8 trucks. It also installs and services equipment at CNG fueling stations. The acquisition combines the technical expertise of Lancer Energy with the distribution expertise of Fleet Saver. The acquisition will enable Fleet Saver to better serve its fleet customers in the western United States, while allowing Lancer Energy to expand its footprint to service areas outside of Utah.

Read more