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Moab Sustainability

This video highlights our local city and county leadership as well as restaurants, hotels, non-profits, farms and businesses that have partnered to conserve natural resources, restore the ecosystem and support community members through the Green to Gold (GtG) Program. See listing. If you are interested in joining GtG, please contact me @ rrusso@moabcity.org

 

2019-2029 Sustainability Plan

The Path to Success

The City of Moab can and should move toward the creation of a more sustainable community. As our world comes face to face with new international economic realities and with new paradigms of natural resource utilization, we can and we must ensure the health and well-being of future residents while at the same time meeting the needs of our
current residents. Beginning now and continuing over the next decade we will adopt achievable goals that add to the quality of life of our current and future residents and lessen negative impacts on the environment. 

The Sustainability Plan (see Adventurer's Guide) and Executive Summary summarize key principles.  Thanks to everyone who has provided input!!



Water Conservation

A Comprehensive Approach

This plan recommends that the City aim for a 25% reduction in per capita water consumption over the next five years, and that the City reduce outdoor usage of culinary water by 25% in the same time period. In addition, it is recommended that the City integrate the water conservation goals set forth here and in the existing Moab sustainability plan entitled “2020 Vision”1 into the City’s Master Plan and adopt a Water Conservation Mission Statement. Finally, it is recommended that the Council pursue an interlocal agreement to establish a regional water authority, and call upon community citizens to form a Moab City Water Conservation and Drought Management Committee.

Photo credit: Moab Adventure Center 

Energy Efficiency

Expert Guidance

The Community Energy Plan was published in 2018. It targets new construction, remodels, businesses and residents.

Reduce the City of Moab government’s proportionate use of non-renewable fuels by 20 percent by the year 2020.

Increase the City of Moab government’s proportionate use of clean, renewable energy sources by 20 percent by the year 2020, 100% by 2030. Provide an energy efficient model for local residents, local businesses, and other communities. Rebates are available from RMP's wattsmart Program $$$$

Have the City of Moab government take the lead in promoting energy efficiency throughout the community and throughout Utah.

Free $$$

C-PACE Low Interest Loans

If you couldn't join us January 30  th (11:30-12:30) @ Atomic Lounge to learn how to apply for state funds to cover the cost of remodels, new construction, water efficiency that reduces energy use, installation of  electric vehicle charging stations and more....

Click on the slides. Contact Shawna with any questions (801)538-8724 or scuan@utah.gov

Contact Me
Dr Rosemarie Russo
Moab City Sustainability Director

 

Moab: Balancing Economic, Environmental and Social Sustainability

Visiting Moab - Support businesses that support the community. Moab has a Green to Gold Program that recognizes non-profits, churches, retailers, tour companies, restaurants and hotels that are conserving and protecting natural resources ans giving back to the community. See listing

Guests can also offset their travel by donating to the City's Sustainability Office to fund local carbon reduction projects - 217 E Center Ave, Moab, UT 84532. 


The City is extending the Community Conservation Challenge thru November. If you live in a trailer home with electric heat you can get a FREE weatherization remodel. It will save you hundreds of dollars. Either email rrusso@moabcity.org or sign up at the Sustainability Office at City Hall.


Any resident can also pick up a FREE energy and water conservation kit at City Hall or the Food Bank. See details below. 

The Little Community Leading the Way - see what sustainability means in Moab. 


October Neighborhood Challenge - The City will be kicking off a Community Conservation Challenge – how low can we go? Fifteen neighborhoods will competing with one another to lower their utility bills and create a starry dark sky community (i.e., See Animal Map). Volunteers will be in your neighborhoods Oct 7-11 to distribute energy and water kits or pick one up at the above locations.

Schedule:

Oct 7th: Lizard, Giraffe, Wolf, 

Oct 8 th: Moose, Grizzley & Elephant,

Oct 9th: Gorilla, Seagull, & Lion

Oct 10th: Hedgehog, Bat & Fox

Oct 11th: Raven, Catfish and Rabbit


Climate Week                      September 29 - October 5, 2019

Climate change presents far-reaching, lasting challenges to Utah’s economy and quality of life, and presents an unprecedented opportunity for Utah to dramatically reduce pollution, bolster the local economy and enhance our state’s identity as an innovative 21st century leader. That is why the City of Moab and many partners are sponsoring Utah Climate Week 2019, Sept 29 – Oct 5, a platform for organizations and leaders to share concerns and a positive vision for the future. Businesses, governments, academic institutions, arts and music organizations, and NGOs are all invited to participate in the iconic week – please send us your events to post.

GIVEAWAY - Free Energy & Water Conservation Kits

Kits contain dark sky compliant LED amber bulb, sink and shower aerators and two LED bulbs.  The only info we need is your street address for tracking data. 

Grand Center                                                                                                                    

182 N 500 West

Moab, UT 84532

435.259.6623

gcsc@frontier.net


9/30/2019            11:30 – 1:00 pm  

Grand County Library

259 E Center Ave

Moab, UT 84532

435.259.111

info@moablibrary.org


9/30/2019         4:00 – 5:00 pm

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Film Screenings:



9/30/2019   5:00 pm – Grand County Library

How to Boil a Frog          

Jon Cooksey      

A Canadian eco-comedy documentary film showing the consequences of too many people using up Earth’s resources and suggesting five ways that people can save habitability on the Earth while improving their own lives at the same time.                                                                                     88 minutes

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National Geographic filmmaker Sidney Beaumont


Youth Garden

530 South 400 East Street

Moab, UT 84532

               

10/5/2019            7 pm    


Paris to Pittsburgh is a 2018 documentary film directed by and documentarian Michael Bonfiglio that looks at states, businesses and citizens taking action and delve into the social and economic impacts of climate change-fueled disasters coast to coast including America's heartland. The film features stories of recovery and resiliency. The film also examines the changes Pittsburgh has made towards energy efficiency.                                                                                                                                                          77 minutes

435.259.2326

info@youthgardenproject.org


October Neighborhood Challenge - The City will be kicking off a Community Conservation Challenge – how low can we go? Fifteen neighborhoods will competing with one another to lower their utility bills and create a starry dark sky community (i.e., See Animal Map). Volunteers will be in your neighborhoods Oct 7-11 to distribute energy and water kits or pick one up at the above locations.

Schedule:

Oct 7th: Lizard, Giraffe, Wolf, 

Oct 8 th: Moose, Grizzley & Elephant,

Oct 9th: Gorilla, Seagull, & Lion

Oct 10th: Hedgehog, Bat & Fox

Oct 11th: Raven, Catfish and Rabbit


Clean the Darn Air Citizens Initiative Drive to get a statewide proposition on the ballot in 2020: https://www.cleanthedarnair.org/ If anyone in the Moab area is interested in helping to gather signatures or having someone collect signatures at an event or house party, they can contact me or Travis Nauman: Mary Moran: marymoran3333@gmail.com Travis Nauman: naumi421@gmail.com


Moab’s Bike Team – “Reluctant Warriors” ranks 17th nationally! See results below

For all those that participated in Moab’s Bike Challenge (May- Sept) - thank-you. Today is the last day to record hours. We ended up with two Moab Teams again but Ill enter the other members into the prize drawing. The official team is “Moab’s Reluctant Warriors”. We had to register as an organization, not a community to save $$$. To log in, please follow steps below:

Go to www.lovetoride.net

Create profile

Join Team – Moab’s Reluctant Warriors

Log in rides by date.

The Team’s name was in honor of Eddie Merrigan. Eddie lost a battle to cancer but signed all his health updates before he died as “Reluctant Warrior.” Eddie completed two tours of duty in Vietnam with the Army. He received the Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Star and multiple Army Commendation Awards. He considered every day after Vietnam a gift. After the Army, Eddie had a long career in health care financial analysis during which he came to see the role of mentoring young talent as one of his most important contributions. He championed women’s global education through his years of dedicated board work at The Ursuline School of New Rochelle. His legacy of joy, strength, determination, and bad jokes will live on forever. As I rode through the wind this weekend, I was thinking of him. Not sure that saying time heals all wounds is true, at least not for me.


 Initiatives:  Projects, Plans, Ordinances:

2018-11 Mandatory Residential Recycling

2018-17 Over-Appropriation Water Rights

2018-31 Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE)

2018-32 National Carbon Fee Resolution

2018-55 Plastic Bag Ban

2018-57 Clean Energy Agreement

Resolutions

Community Challenges - National Bike Challenge

3Q - City passed a 100% Renewable Electricity by 2030 Resolution and Dark Sky Compliant Ordinance

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Your Ideas Matter

Let us know what you think! See available resources.

What would make the City more sustainable (i.e. programs, products, changes)? 

 

Moab Inspired

Again & Again

Centuries of beauty worth sustaining

Photo credit: Ken Lund, Las Vegas, Nevada

Events

Green to Gold - Sustainability Program 

It is a free, voluntary program sponsored by the City of Moab that offers simple solutions to help Moab businesses reduce their impact, save money and gain recognition for their achievements in energy and water conservation, waste reduction, alternative transportation and social responsibility.

Green to Gold provides:

  • Proven strategies to help businesses be more efficient and save money

  • Business advisory services;

  • Facility assessments;

  • Educational opportunities. 

Featured Partner: ACT Campground 

Sustainable Campground 

https://youtu.be/9pF6RMk-sBk

Dark Sky Info 

Star Party

Night Sky Initiative & Lighting Ordinance Language

Bulb & Color Product Specs

FAQs


FREE sink aerators and LEDs $ - bit.ly/wattSmartKit

Want to save $. Simply email/text last name, address and Rocky Mountain Power account number and I will order you a wattsmart kit with a new showerhead, sink aerators, plumber's tape and 4 LED bulbs. The kit will save you approximately $560 and reduce air pollution emissions by 7 tons per household.

Water Resource Reference Guide

Resources

Recycling Expansion of Services

Determine your Impact and click on tips to mitigate.

KZMU hosted an amazing up-cycle workshop with some experts from Santa Fe. Plastic bottles were compacted into construction bricks and made into a bench!  

Whats the Rabbit Up to besides  recycling - see below?

2019 Challenge Results


The 2019 Clear the Air Challenge is officially over! Thank you to everyone who participated. The level of involvement was very impressive and people chose to help make a difference in the community and clear our air. All actions, no matter how big or how small, truly make a difference.


Here are the final overall results:


Total Distance: 1,244,624 miles

CO2 Saved: 359.8 tons

Money Saved: $0.4 million dollars

Calories Burned: 1.6 million

Total Trips Eliminated: 84,421


For your involvement in the Clear the Air Challenge, and for showing your commitment to cleaner air in Utah, thank you! Even though this year's Challenge is over, we hope you will continue to implement the strategies you used during the Challenge to continue to enhance your quality of life. Congratulations to the Moab prize winners – Didar Charles, Jeremy Lynch and Michele Hill.  

Challenges

$$:  April – June 2019, Clean Air Rebates: Lawn & Landscaping Equipment


Anyone interested in buying a new electric lawn mower or leaf blower can receive a $25 (Purchases under $75) or $75 (Purchases Over $100) gift card for True Value or Turner Lumber after turning in a receipt showing proof of purchase to the City’s Sustainability Director, Rosemarie Russo, City Hall – 2nd floor, 217 Center Street or emailing the receipt and providing your mailing address. One per household. Must be a Grand County resident. While supplies last. Funded through a state CLEAN AIR grant.  Mowers can be ordered through TrueValue.com or ACE.com

Residents & Green to Gold Partners

As you may know, on August 13, the city passed a Dark Sky Ordinance to protect the health of community members and wildlife. The Night Sky Initiative focus is to:


  • Maintain safety and security

  • Develop and implement best practices in outdoor lighting

  • Reduce light pollution

  • Support human and ecological health


Light pollution, defined as light where it is not wanted or needed, affects our health, the environment, wildlife, and our ability to find awe in the natural nighttime environment. Our goals are simply meant to:




  • minimize environmental disruption


  • eliminate light trespass


  • eliminate glare


  • reduce energy consumption




The City’s lighting choices are based on energy efficiency, visual acuity, and affects to nocturnal creatures and minimum disruption to the body’s circadian cycle. Multiple physiological processes – including those related to alertness, hormonal balance, digestion and sleep – are regulated by our circadian cycle. Two recent studies showed that circadian disruptions are linked to obesity, insulin resistance and breast cancer. [i]


The color and direction of light affect our ability to see (i.e. glare) and have implications for nighttime driving and safety. 



[i] (Shu-qua Shi, Department of Biological  Sciences, Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics Vanderbilt  University, and International Archives of Occupational Health, July 2015, Volume 88)

Dark Sky $$ Incentives and Information

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EVENTS


September 18th - Skyglow Movie - Star Hall 7pm 

Sept 20 - 5:30 pm  Science Moab - Museum  

Sept 21 - - 9:00 AM Science Moab Kids - Sun Gallery 

Its Bike To Work Day - 2/8 and Clear the Air Month - Join the City of Moab Team