Park City Sustainability

Park City Municipal Government

A group of Park City High School students will present a clean energy campaign to the Park City School Board of Education next week.

The campaign promotes 100% clean energy by 2030 throughout the school district. It also would transition schools away from gas by 2040. 



Megan Ellis is a senior at Park City High School and the co-president of the Earth Club. She spoke to KPCW last week, she said there are short term, smaller projects and long term, larger projects involved with their campaign. 

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The Park City Council approved a project to build a large-scale solar energy farm. And barring any regulatory issues, the solar farm will be built by the end of this year and could be ready to use by 2022. 

The project is part of a six party deal including both private and public entities, like Park City, Summit County, Park City Mountain and Deer Valley Resort. 

The solar panels would provide 20-years of renewable energy to the parties involved with the project. 

At Tuesday’s State of Park City address, Park City Mayor Andy Beerman encouraged residents to support a zero-waste goal for the city. That’s something the city council will consider Thursday — what zero waste for Park City could look like. The city estimates 45% of in-town waste comes from residents.  Park City Manager Matt Dias says the city could have a huge impact and other communities in the United States divert almost 80% of waste from landfills.

A blue and white van with a picture of a moose on the side; the van services people with disabilities and seniors
Park City Municipal Corporation

The Park City Council recently approved the purchase of three replacement vehicles for disability and senior transportation services. Although the vans support Park City’s social equity and transportation goals, city officials viewed the purchase in conflict with a different community critical priority: energy.

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Electric vehicle drivers now have a few more options for charging their cars in Park City.   

Park City Municipal has installed 14 new electric vehicle chargers: four at the Wasatch Brew Pub, four at City Park and six in the China Bridge parking garage.

Those chargers cost about $40,000, which the city paid for through capital funds as well as support from Rocky Mountain Power. Park City Sustainability Project Manager Celia Peterson says this was the first wave of charger installations. The next will happen during the spring construction season.


Park City Municipal and The Community Foundation are holding a Mountain Town 2030 Net Zero Conference for three days this week. The headline for the conference says mountain communities are uniquely suited to influence building a more sustainable future for the planet.


At a recent Park City Council meeting, Sustainability staff presented the first of three in-depth reports on Park City Municipal’s carbon footprint. The City’s carbon emissions goal is to be net-zero by 2022, and the Sustainability team’s analysis shows total municipal emissions increased from 2017 to 2018. The first update focused on energy impacts from the town’s water system. 

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The National League of Cities in March awarded Park City Municipal a grant to help address Park City’s 2030 net-zero carbon emissions goal. 

Park City was chosen as one of eight cities for the 2019 Leadership in Community Resilience program. Recipients are awarded $10,000 from the National League of Cities, as well as technical and professional assistance, to pursue projects that help them build resilient and sustainable communities.

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Park City and Summit County councilmembers celebrated the signing into law of House Bill 411, the Community Renewable Energy Act, Monday. The Earth Day event came hours before Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s ceremonial signing of HB 411, along with a number of other clean air and energy bills. 

Park City Municipal

Despite Park City’s efforts to be carbon neutral in 3 years, the most recent report on the city’s municipal carbon footprint shows it’s headed in the opposite direction.

In 2016, the city council elevated energy to one of its four critical priorities and set a goal of net-zero carbon emissions for municipal operations by 2022. Last year, the council voted to advance its goal of having a carbon-free community to 2030.

Park City Municipal

Park City continues working towards its goal of being net-zero energy by 2030. The City’s sustainability staff presented some strategies for getting there at the City Council retreat Thursday. 


Park City has the most ambitious climate goals in all North America. To help reach those, City Council has implemented a program they’re calling My Sustainable Year. It kicks off this week with the PC MARC Lunch and Learn on Wednesday. Carolyn Murray has this:

The Lunch and Learn is the first event in a year of public outreach programs designed to engage and educate everyone in the Park City community. The objective, said Sustainability Manager, Celia Peterson is to provide behavioral practices each citizen can take to make Park City a 100 percent sustainable community. 

Local News Hour December 28, 2017

Dec 28, 2017

On today’s program, Coalville Mayor Trevor Johnson has a look ahead at the community for 2018. Park City Sustainability managers Luke Cartin and Celia Peterson discuss the community-wide carbon footprint report and have details on the lighting controls and energy efficiency measures for the MARC and Park City Police Captain Rick Ryan talks about his retirement after 32 years on the police force.

One of Park City Municipal's priorities is to reduce energy consumption and increase the use of renewable resources as indicated by the recent expansion of the city's solar panel portfolio on municipal buildings.   It still has a long way to go, but tenacious efforts by the sustainability department are looking deep into energy savings that are becoming more efficient and easier to apply.   Lynn Ware Peek has more.

Renewable Options

Sep 18, 2013

The Park City Sustainability team presented the City's renewable energy update to City Council at its meeting last week. Although the city has a commitment to reducing carbon footprint, not all renewable energy options offer similar solutions, especially when it comes to paying for them. Lynn Ware Peek has more.