Power Issues, January 2017 Sustainable Living, Arts, & Music Event

  • On the Individual Level: Carpooling, “tripchaining”, biking, walking and taking public transportation whenever possible are practical ways to reduce the transit emissions that make up 48% of our wintertime inversion pollution. Generally, newer vehicles are much less polluting than old vehicles. At home, keeping the thermostat down, not burning wood in the fireplace or outside, and making sure appliances are efficient are good ways to reduce the building emissions that make up 39% of wintertime emissions. Stay informed and connected to local happenings by joining Heal Utah and‘s Facebook groups.
  • To influence policy making that will help make these positive behaviors more accessible: Write, email or meet face to face with your state legislator. Tell them which issues are important to you. If there is a specific bill you care about (for example, HB134-Rep. Arent, which requires emissions testing on diesel vehicles in counties which currently have safety and emissions programs but don’t require emissions testing on diesel vehicle), tell your representative to support this. Additionally, testify before committee hearing, write a letter to the editor or attend a public meeting. These grassroots efforts will help shape public dialogue around important environmental issues.
  • Find your legislators: Each legislator will have their contact information available on the state website If someone is unsure of who their legislator is, this website also has a feature in which individuals can enter their address and find their representative and senator. The direct link is