Salt Lake County’s
Environmental Programs and Initiatives
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Protecting, restoring and preserving our natural resources is one of the core goals of the County’s mission to provide honest, open, efficient, and ethical government that is responsive to citizens. Salt Lake County (SLCo) is working to reduce air pollutant emissions, increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy in our facilities, and create a more sustainable environment. Below is an overview of SLCo’s environmental programs and initiatives.
Sustainable Building and Business
SLCo is committed to reducing pollution and waste, conserve energy, and save money by building green and building smart. We also offer opportunities for local businesses to save money and energy by making energy improvements. Learn more about the County’s sustainable buildings and business program.
Open Space & Urban Farming
The Open Space Program serves to protect and preserve land within the County with high conservation values benefiting our residents by providing areas for human respite, renewal, and recreation.
The purpose of the Urban Farming Program is to maximize the value of County-owned land for our residents by providing spaces for community gardens, commercial farming, and biofuel production. Learn more about these programs.
Energy-Efficiency and Renewables
Salt Lake County continues to find opportunities to decrease energy use and diversify our portfolio through solar photovoltaics (PV), geothermal, and energy efficiency initiatives. Learn more about what the County is doing to accomplish these goals.
The County’s Recycling Information Office provides education and outreach to schools, community groups, local business, and individual residents regarding waste reduction and recycling practices. This office will also provide consultation with businesses to increase recycling and reduce waste. In addition, a Recycling Guide is published each year which lists contact information for household recycling programs in numerous cities within Salt Lake County. The Guide lists drop-off locations to safely dispose of household hazardous waste, florescent light tubes, electronic waste, prescription medications, glass recycling, packing styrofoam and peanuts, tires, and green waste. Finally the County initiated a car seat recycling program, Safe Kids Salt Lake County. This program provides six locations across the county where the public can drop off car seats for recycling. View the recycling guide. (34 KB PDF)
Air pollution obstructs our ability to enjoy the beauty of our natural landscape, causes many health complications, and negatively contributes to climate change. Learn more about how the County is addressing these issues.
Blue Print Jordan River
This project is the first comprehensive look at the river’s entire length. All 15 municipalities and three counties along the river are participating. Blueprint Jordan River aims to gather the most broadly supported ideas on how to enhance the river, surrounding trails, and the construction of new buildings. Learn more about the Blue Print Jordan River.
Water Quality Stewardship Plan
Completed in 2009, this plan provides a framework of goals and policies that will forge water quality stewardship consistent with the Clean Water Act and the needs of local residents. Receive more detailed information about this plan.
Watershed Planning and Restoration Program
The Watershed Planning & Restoration Program (WPRP) includes assessments and restoration efforts of streams and other waterways in the Jordan River watershed, stewardship planning, and educational outreach. Restoration objectives include bank stabilization, water quality protection, and enhanced natural vegetation and habitat. The annual Watershed Symposium brings together water quality experts, policy makers, environmental advocates, industry, academics, students, and the public. The Jordan River Watershed Council (JRWC) is dedicated to the ecological and economic sustainability of the Jordan River watershed through the promotion of stakeholder involvement. Quarterly meetings are planned and coordinated by the Watershed Program. Learn more.
The Stormwater Coalition
The Stormwater Coalition was formed to facilitate the cleanup of stormwater pollution in Salt Lake County by educating Salt Lake County residents about stormwater, what it is, why stormwater quality is important and methods to improve stormwater quality. The Coalition is a partnership of Salt Lake County, the Cities in the County (Salt Lake, West Valley, Sandy, Murray, Bluffdale, Riverton, Draper, Midvale, Holladay, Herriman, South Jordan, West Jordan, Taylorsville and South Salt Lake Cities), SLCo Health Department and the Utah Department of Transportation. Learn more.