Salt Lake City

Mayor's Office

Jacqueline M. Biskupski | (801) 535-7704 |

Air Quality

Current Air Quality Initiatives in Salt Lake City

• Successfully administer and support the first year of compliance for the Energy Benchmarking & Transparency ordinance for approximately 650 commercial buildings in the city. Recognize high performers with annual awards program. Provide building owners with technical assistance to complete energy efficiency upgrades that will save them energy and money.

• Continue expansion and ongoing maintenance of public EV charging infrastructure with at least18 new Level 2 charging ports planned for 2019.

• Actively participate in past and new regional partnerships to advance clean air solutions, such as the Clear the Air Challenge, UCAIR Partners meetings, and the Governor’s Clean Air Action Team.

• Participate on the internal Fleet Committee and drive outcomes that mitigate pollution from the municipal vehicle fleet while also reducing fuel and maintenance expenses.

• Implementation of a neighborhood energy efficiency effort, titled “Empower SLC,” that will focus on driving equitable and economically beneficial efficiency and conservation efforts. The City has partnered with Utah Clean Energy as a service provider for this initiative.

• Continue leadership of the internal Energy Management Executive Committee and help facilitate information-sharing and new, successful projects at government facilities.

• Complete installation of over 120 kilowatts of solar energy at the Sorenson Multicultural Center and Sorenson Unity Center.

• Continue phasing out 2-stroke engines in maintenance equipment in favor of electric and/or 4 stroke, engines that are ten-to-thirty times cleaner.

• Engage City employees in behavior changes that have a positive impact on air quality.

• Enhance public awareness of the Idle Free Ordinance. Continue collaborate with businesses and fleets to post signs & educate drivers.

Notable Air Quality Accomplishments in Salt Lake City

• Ongoing collaboration with Rocky Mountain Power to develop renewable resources to meet City goals. This includes powering 50% of municipal electricity needs with clean energy by 2020. In 2019, 14% of municipal power comes from clean sources.

• Working with Rocky Mountain Power on transitioning the entire community to net-100% clean electricity by 2032.

• Passed an Energy Benchmarking and Transparency Ordinance in 2017 for commercial buildings over 25,000 square feet. This is estimated to reduce air pollution by 29 tons annually.

• Adopted the C-PACE program (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy) to help buildings finance energy efficiency and renewable projects.

• In cooperation with UTA, the City offers a half-off transit program, the HIVE pass, to residents.

• Converted City fleet vehicles to clean fuels and low/no emission vehicles. In total, the City has over 130 hybrid electric, 20 all-electric, and 80 clean fuel vehicles in its internal fleet.

• In 2018, converted five parking enforcement vehicles to all-electric Chevy Bolts.

• Installed dozens of electric vehicle charging stations and infrastructure at sites across the City, including at the Airport. In 2018, charging fees were eliminated at Level 2 stations.

• Built the nation’s first Net Zero energy Public Safety Building.

• In 2018, opened the first and second Net Zero energy fire stations (FS 14 and FS 3) in the country.

• Installed on-site solar at a dozen municipal buildings and introduced the City’s first solar farm.

• Performed energy audits and implemented energy efficiency improvements at all City buildings.

• Raised the minimum standard for new and renovated municipal building construction to LEED Gold. For construction or renovation over 10,000 square feet, the potential for Net Zero energy must be evaluated.

• Adopted a city-wide Idle Free Ordinance and education efforts.

• Adopted planning and zoning changes to develop walkable/bikeable streets and neighborhood centers and complement use of transit.