Hello clean-air-and-climate friends: Please join us on Zoom (link available via email) from 7-7:40pm MT every other Wednesday night: W July 27, W Aug 10, etc. All are welcome! We’ll talk about the Four P’s—Policy, Plan, Purchasing Power, and People—as we prepare to qualify for the Nov 2024 ballot by collecting signatures from February to November, 2023. (Mark your calendars, and follow the previous link if you’re new to the campaign and want to get caught up!)

People: We’re thrilled to announce support from the Mormon Environmental Stewardship Alliance (MESA). Other Friends of the Campaign include Utah Physicians for a Health Environment, Running Up for Air, and IME Utah. Thanks to Dave Carrier for leading up this outreach effort, and please help us get other Friends! (Many hands make light work :)

Plan: At this Wednesday’s meeting we’ll have a presentation from London Kelley (our terrific summer intern from the U of U) about the 9 central-eastern districts that are east of I-15 between SLC and Provo. And at our last Wednesday meeting we discussed the timeline for next year, which involves filing on T Jan 10, 2023, taking care of various preliminary hearings and such, and then gathering signatures from Feb 17 – Nov 22, 2023. (F Feb 17 is the start of the NBA All-Star weekend in SLC, and W Nov 22 is the day before Thanksgiving.) Details at the link, feedback and questions are welcome!

Purchasing Power: We’ve met our $5k matching challenge and are about to put in an order for some of the signboards that we’ll need for the campaign, so thank you to everyone who contributed!

Policy: Stay tuned for more on this next time, but for now congratulations to Nate Blouin for winning his primary election for state senate! Also, state senator Derek Kitchen has conceded to his primary challenger, Jennifer Plumb; Senator Kitchen has been a clean-air-and-climate champion and we hope to continue working with him (and with likely Senator-elect Plumb) this year and beyond.

In the news: The NY Times has an article about how “Cities and States Step Up” after the lack of progress at the federal level. And their podcast, “The Daily”, had an episode about the Great Salt Lake. For more optimistic local news, the Tribune has a letter about electric school buses from a student in Taylorsville and a good op-ed about climate change from a graduate student at Westminster.