Building a community.
What started as a group of concerned citizens coming together in Tooele to protect their community has grown to a collective of over 20,000 supporters from all parts of Utah. We would not be able to be where we are today if it weren’t for everyone who built this organization, set its course, kept us accountable and on track, and shared their resources to help bring our collective vision of a cleaner, healthier world ever closer. We thank you for your support and look forward to many more years of serving as Utah’s environmental watchdogs.
In 2021 we expanded our capacity to work on new environmental threats with the help of a new policy associate. With this expansion, we are now looking into solutions to critical problems like the decline of the Great Salt Lake and methane leaks in the Uinta Basin while also expanding our reach to Southern Utah.
Some notable accomplishments from this past year include
Free Fare Days: In 2019, House Bill 353 (HB353) provided funding for free public transit on moderate to severe air quality days. So far, HEAL has helped organize 8 Free Fare Days, including two days in Free Fare February. We have funding left for two more days during the inversion season.
Diesel Emissions Reduction Program: During this year’s Legislative Session, HEAL Utah helped create and pass legislation to study a Diesel Emissions Reduction program for the State of Utah. This program would specifically target Inland Port diesel trucks and equipment. HEAL Utah will continue to assist with the design of this program.
Going Solar: In 2021, HEAL Utah, in partnership with Creative Energies, provided supporters with solar panel education and discounted rates. Through this program, 15 households installed solar panels, and over 200 individuals learned about the benefits of solar.
EPA Lawsuit: HEAL has Continued to pursue our legal challenge of the EPA’s Regional Haze ruling that gave Utah’s coal-fired power plants a pass. HEAL is challenging a Trump-era rule that let PacifiCorp avoid reducing CO2 emissions from its coal-fired power plants. The case is making its way through the courts.
These are just a few examples of how your support has helped make meaningful change in the state of Utah. You can read more about our campaign highlights and 2021 accomplishments by reading our 2021 Annual report here.
The fight isn't over yet.
We are proud of these achievements and celebrate these wins but also acknowledge that there is a lot of work to be done to ensure that our health and quality of life are protected for all who call Utah home. We are looking into strategies to continue our current campaigns of reducing vehicle emissions, transitioning away from fossil fuels, and protecting our communities from toxic waste. Below are some ways for you to get involved and support our work