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August 27, 2018
SCPW Challenge Launches to Save Resources and Personal Costs
Park City and Summit County Residents Encouraged to Join the Challenge
SUMMIT COUNTY, UTAH - The Summit Community Power Works Challenge launched today: a call-to-action for Park City and Summit County residents to lower their impact on the environment by conserving energy, water, and their own money in the process. The interactive online platform, found at www.scpwchallenge.org, challenges residents to reduce their household’s carbon footprints, and creates a way for the community to work together to reduce overall carbon emissions.
Park City Mayor Andy Beerman states, “Park City is an extraordinary place to live, and it is exciting to be leading the nation with our climate and energy goals. We all have a role to play in leading our community to net-zero carbon. The SCPW Challenge is a fun way for us to join together as a community to reduce our impact on the environment.”
“Summit County Council is steadfast in our commitment to reduce carbon emissions. We’re excited to leverage the SCPW Challenge to help us reduce our personal carbon footprints, and encourage our community to get involved,” said Kim Carson, Summit County Council Chair.
The SCPW Challenge website is a ‘one-stop-shop’ that guides residents through specific actions pertaining to home energy, energy efficiency, transportation, water conservation, and community engagement. The platform offers a range of actions ranging from "easy" to "challenging" with local resources for completing each action, including any available incentives and rebates. Participants can choose which carbon-reduction actions they wish to take, and then track and share their progress. Participants earn points that correlate to carbon savings, and top scorers are highlighted on the website, and prizes will be awarded with each new challenge.
“The actions we take every day have a significant impact on our environment,” states Kevin Emerson, the project lead for SCPW and Energy Efficiency Program Director for Utah Clean Energy. “The SCPW Challenge is an opportunity to help reduce pollution through personal actions, and as a community, encourage each other to meet and even exceed our personal goals.”
One of the most unique components of the SCPW Challenge website is its ability to organize friendly competitions and recognize local environmental heroes. Groups of people can form teams, based on their neighborhood, school, or even social groups.
The SCPW Challenge is in line with Park City and Summit County’s carbon reduction goals. In 2016, Park City committed to North America’s most ambitious climate goals: to have a net-zero carbon footprint and run on 100% renewable electricity across the whole community by 2032. In 2017, Summit County committed to be powered by 100% renewable electricity by 2032 and to reduce its emissions by 80% by 2040. Park City, Summit County and SCPW will periodically issue carbon-reduction challenges with awards and prizes to recognize top participants.
About Summit Community Power Works
SCPW’s mission is to inspire efficient energy use through practical and innovative programs to improve economic vitality and the environment in Park City and Summit County. Managed by clean energy advocacy organization, Utah Clean Energy, SCPW is focusing its efforts on empowering residents with the tools and information to take personal actions to reduce their carbon footprint. www.scpw.org
About Park City Municipal Corporation
Park City Municipal Corporation is a political subdivision of the State of Utah. A former silver mining town, Park City is now home to two world-class ski resorts and was the mountain host for the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games. The town of 8,000 also hosts many special and cultural events, including the Sundance Film Festival and the Kimball Arts Festival. Park City has been named America's Best Mountain Town by Travel & Leisure Magazine. parkcity.org
About Summit County
Located in the northeast corner of Utah along the Wasatch Back, Summit County is home to more than 41,000 residents. Created in 1854, Summit County was named for the summits of the mountains, including 39 of the highest mountain peaks in Utah. Six municipalities make up Summit County, including Coalville, Francis, Henefer, Kamas, Oakley and Park City. The county seat is quiet, scenic Coalville, located on the I-80 corridor. For more information visit www.summitcounty.org.