SLCSD Resolution to Establish Goals for Sustainability, Clean Energy, and Carbon Neutrality
Students from three district high schools collaborated to create a Sustainability Resolution that was presented to and approved, unanimously, by the Salt Lake Board of Education. The signing followed a well-organized and articulate student presentation during a school board Zoom meeting. The resolution addresses concerns such as climate warming trends likely due to human activities, the detrimental effects of climate change through increased temperatures, poor air quality, changes in water systems, increased wildfires, extreme weather events, and other environmental disruptions.
The Board suggests there is significant opportunity through the District’s purchasing power to improve the environment and lower financial outlay by providing guidance for district expenditures on energy, water, construction materials, pest control, office and school supplies, and cleaning supplies. The Board also understands that many options exist for schools to use natural resources more efficiently; to promote opportunities to reduce, reuse, and recycle, and to implement clean renewable energy sources to power the district’s facilities. The Board embraces the tremendous opportunity to teach students about ecological sustainability, environmental health and nutrition and intends that the document create a log-term, inspiring vision that integrates and strengthens many efforts in our district.
The two primary goals of the resolution are:
1. To use 100 percent clean, renewable energy in its electricity sector by 2030
2. To meet 100% of all district operations energy needs with carbon neutral energy by 2040.