Park City Community – Climate Drawdown

Year Complete: 2021
Grant Amount: $25,000
Local Government: Park City, UT
Local Foundation: Park City Community Foundation

Project Purpose

To co-develop an equitable building decarbonization and efficiency plan to help meet Park City’s net-zero carbon goals by 2030.

Key Lessons Learned

Building a strong local funder/local government relationship can be summarized with the following African proverb, “if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” A strong local funder/local government partnership requires time, trust, and a shared and sincere interest in building a more resilient and equitable future. Both the local government and the local funder thankfully share the same commitment towards equitably addressing climate change in Park City.

A few lessons learned and would like to share with other local governments committed to advancing local sustainability goals include:

  1. Prioritize equity during the planning and implementation process
  2. Local governments and community partners can never do too much climate education and outreach to build community buy-in
  3. Utilize your network with other local governments and adapt successful programs/policies to your local context
  4. Communication and collaboration among multiple municipal departments is critical for successful implementation of building decarbonization policies
Additional Information and Resources

Park City was featured as a case study in the World Wildlife Fund Urban Solutions Project here. Learn more about Park City’s continuing Community and Municipal Carbon Footprint work here.