At the request of the Utah Legislature, the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute – with the assistance of a 37-person Technical Advisory Committee – prepared this Utah Roadmap to assist with legislative policymaking to improve air quality and address causes and impacts of a changing climate. The Utah Roadmap identifies areas of opportunity to further reduce air emissions and ensure a healthy, productive, and prosperous future for all Utahns.
The flat dry lakebed (also called a playa) surrounding Utah’s Great Salt Lake is more than 750 square miles—an area bigger than Houston. The wide-open landscape is surprisingly varied and is the realm of coyotes, bison, and a few hardy plants. It’s probably safe to say that no one knows the Great Salt Lake playa better than University of Utah atmospheric scientist Kevin Perry.
Thure Cerling, Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Geology and Geophysics, has been awarded the Émile Argand Award from the International Union of Geological Sciences. This is the organization’s highest honor, and is awarded “to honor an active senior geoscientist of high international recognition and outstanding scientific record.”
The Salt Lake City area has made strides in cleaning up the airborne particulate matter that cloaks the valley during winter inversions and has kept these pollution levels within federal limits in recent years.
At the same time, ozone, an invisible gas that irritates the lungs and airways, has continued to plague the region. U.S. Rep. Ben McAdams is trying to figure out why and what to do about it.
Dr. Lauren Birgenhier and Dr. Cari Johnson have won a 2019 GRIT Award for She Persisted.
The GRIT Awards℠ & Best Energy Workplaces℠, sponsored by Medallia, were created to recognize women leaders in energy and the male allies who advocate for their advancement. Nearly 300 nominations poured in from across the world from oil and gas, utilities, and alternative energy companies, academia, and non-government organizations (NGOs).