MT2030 Brings Leaders Together to Make Bold Environmental Goals

AFI member, Park City, Utah, served as the host city for Mountain Towns 2030, an inaugural conference addressing climate change and creating carbon-neutral goals by 2030.

ARTICLE | Oct 23, 2019

Our Alliance for Innovation member, Park City, Utah, is leading the effort to address the climate crisis through serving as the host city for the inaugural MT2030 Net Zero Summit. Mountain Town 2030 (MT2030) is a coalition of mountain towns that have committed to ambitious carbon reduction goals by 2030. This 3-day conference included the opportunity to learn from inspirational speakers and panelists, share best practices in focused workshops, and create commitments to reach “zero.”

The inaugural summit was attended by over 30 mountain towns and counties, 15 governmental organizations, 30 non-profits, and 40 businesses. Over 35 organizations signed a pledge to lead community conversations about setting courageous and action-based climate goals that make significant impacts by 2030; to engage other leaders in our community, region, and state in aligning climate action; and to actively share and collaborate with other communities on implementing best practices and creating new solutions.

The Town of Park City and Vail Resorts lead with their net-zero by 2030 goals and during the summit, Ski Butlers committed to going net-zero by 2030. Other commitments included electrifying public transit, engaging local utilities to transition to 100% clean energy, securing capital to finance carbon reduction projects, preserving open space, and holding local grassroots meetings about setting a net-zero goal.

Other collaborations included Park City Community Foundation announcing the launch of the new Park City Climate Fund, which engages community members in implementing local, high-impact climate solutions that have the potential to be effective in similar communities. Applications for the fund opened during MT2030 and over $150,000 in climate action grants are expected to be issued in early 2020.

ICLEI USA, an organization that serves local governments across the United States to pursue deep reductions in carbon pollution and tangible improvements in sustainability, also announced a partnership with MT2030 as well, to fund a Greenhouse Gas inventory cohort. ICLEI USA will provide training and technical assistance for communities that have not yet completed a carbon inventory. This will result in the identification of high-impact opportunities to reduce emissions.  All attending cities will receive this support free for the first year.

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