Double Your Impact
This month, Garbett Homes is generously matching every donation to O₂ Utah up to $25,000. That means any donation you make will be automatically doubled and you can help us raise up to $50,000 by the end of August.
Thanks to you, we’re 32% to our goal! Let’s keep up the momentum as we head into municipal elections and prep for the 2024 legislative session.
Plus, we’re excited to announce a new monthly giveaway for our sustaining donors. If you make a monthly pledge to O₂ Utah, you’ll be automatically entered into the giveaway each month.
This month the winner will be taking home a $50 gift card to Scheels!
We’ll have a new prize each month, including items from our partner organizations, gift cards to local businesses, or unique experiences.
Toggle that “Make it monthly!” button to become a sustaining donor and know you’re supporting clean air initiatives with a chance to win great prizes!
Municipal Elections & Endorsements
If it hasn’t been delivered yet, keep your eyes peeled this week…primary election ballots are on their way!
The O₂ Utah team has already met with, and endorsed, a number of candidates in key municipal races throughout the state. Click here to see the full list of our endorsements so far. Be on the lookout for more endorsements ahead of November’s general election.
Keep in mind: some cities are skipping the primary election and doing ranked choice voting (RCV) during November’s general election. Those RCV cities include Genola, Heber, Kearns, Lehi, Magna, Midvale, Millcreek, Payson, Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake, Vineyard, and Woodland Hills.
Sept. 5 (Election Day) — drop off or postmark your ballot by this date
August 29 — last day to request a mail ballot
August 25 — last day to register to vote (you can also register in person at an early voting location or polling location on Election Day)
Click here to check your voting registration and find all the information you need about voting in Utah.
HB 411 (Community Renewable Energy Program)
Back in 2019, HB 411 (Community Renewable Energy Program) passed the legislature and was signed into law. The program, one of the country’s first for renewable energy, gave cities the ability to work with Rocky Mountain Power to provide 100% renewable energy to residents and businesses by 2030.
Recently, we received positive news as the Community Renewable Energy Agency Board approved the proposed utility agreement with Rocky Mountain Power.
Transitioning from Rocky Mountain Power’s dirty fleet to renewable sources is the single biggest step Utah can take to reduce our carbon footprint.
Action Needed: If you live in one of the 18 participating communities, it is crucial to stay in the program. Please contact your city council and encourage them to sign the utility agreement to remain in the program. It is helpful to cite why renewable energy is important to you and its benefits for our air quality and climate.
Trivia Night with O2 Utah and Patagonia | Wednesday, August 16 | 7:00 p.m. | HK Brewing
Test your knowledge of Utah fun facts, air and water quality, and more at Trivia Night!
Play by yourself or with a team for a chance to win prizes from O₂ Utah and Patagonia while enjoying drinks and food at HK Brewing. This event is 21+.
Donation Flow Yoga | Every Tuesday in August | 7:00 p.m. | Tadasana Yoga Park City
Meet us on the mat every Tuesday in August at Tadasana Yoga in Park City for a Donation Flow class. There is a $10 suggested donation, with all proceeds benefitting O₂ Utah.
The class will generally be Power Flow, a practice that moves you from pose to pose and tests your physical, mental, and spiritual limits so you can experience transformations on and off your mat.
Progressive Block Party | Friday, September 8 | 5:00 p.m. | Mountain West Cider
We are thrilled to be taking part in Better Utah Institute’s Progressive Block Party!
The block party brings together local organizations, volunteers, and residents to build connections, show the strength of our community, and amplify our voices.
We’ll learn how we can better educate ourselves, how to effectively organize, and how we can hold our elected officials accountable. Plus, there will be great music, food and drinks, and other activities!
Tickets are $5, and this is an all-ages, family-friendly event.
In The News
In a historic climate win for Montana, a judge ruled the state's failure to consider emissions from energy and mining projects violates residents' constitutional rights to a clean and healthy environment.
Sixten plaintiffs, aged five to 22, sued the state, challenging the Montana Environmental Policy Act.
“Today, for the first time in U.S. history, a court ruled on the merits of a case that the government violated the constitutional rights of children through laws and actions that promote fossil fuels, ignore climate change laws, and disproportionately imperil young people,” said Julia Olson, the chief legal counsel for the case.
Kudos to all involved — we hope this case sets a meaningful precedent in holding polluters accountable!