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GET OUT AND HEAL: JANUARY

Volunteer + community engagement opportunities

Looking for ways you can get more involved in your community? From neighborhood cleanups and festivals to supporting local businesses and organizations, here are 10+ ideas you can use to give back to our community this month.

Community Engagement

Great Salt Lake Legislative Action

When: January 11 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM 

Where: Virtually Via Zoom

Summary:

Join Save Our Great Salt Lake, Utah Rivers Council, and HEAL Utah for a breakdown of this upcoming legislative session. Learn how a bill becomes a law, how your voice can influence environmental policy, and how to advocate for our environment during the legislative session.

Pints and Policy: 2023 Legislative Breakdown

When: January 12 from 5:30 PM -7:00 PM 

Where: Kiitos Brewing| 608 West 700 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84104

Summary:

Grab a FREE beer on HEAL Utah and get a 101 on how to take meaningful action during the legislative session. This is a 21+ event. Please make sure to bring a valid ID and RSVP for a complimentary beer.

Downwinders Day of Remembrance: Free Film Screening

When: January 27 from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM 

Where: William R. & Erlyn J. Gould Auditorium at the Marriott Library, 295 S Campus Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Summary

A day dedicated to honoring and advocating for those who worked and lived downwind from nuclear testing sites and suffered the adverse effects of radiation exposure generated from nuclear weapons testing. Join HEAL Utah and special guest Mary Dickson for a film screening of “Downwinders: Did the government kill John Wayne.” an art exhibit and panel.

Great Salt Lake Art Build

When: January 7 from 11 AM – 5 PM 

Where: 412 s 700 W, Salt Lake City, Utah

Summary: 

Save Our Great Salt Lake is hosting a rally at the Utah state capitol on January 14th, 2023. As preparation, they will be hosting an art build for individuals to paint screen-printed posters and banners for the rally and other actions going forward. 

Great Salt Lake Rally

When: January 14, 12:00 PM

Where: Utah State Capitol, 350 State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84103

Summary: Action is necessary to address the urgency and severity of the climate impacts affecting the Great Salt Lake. This is an all-hands-on-deck moment. The legislature has the power to make enormous strides to get water to the Great Salt Lake, but it’s going to take a groundswell of community pressure to hold them accountable.

More ways to get involved

Utah’s legislative session begins January 17, 2023. During the session, the HEAL Utah policy team will share weekly updates highlighting progress on environmental legislation, opportunities for you to testify in hearings, contact your legislators, and other actions to protect our environment and its people. Sign up and commit to taking action today! Text CAPITOLREPORT to (855)801-2906 for weekly text alerts. 

Community Lobbying

Community lobbyists help influence and encourage state legislators to implement community-centered solutions to Utah’s biggest environmental threats. As a community lobbyist with HEAL, you will share your perspective on legislative policy regarding clean energy, air quality, and radioactive waste with your elected representatives. Sign up for a free training and opportunities to take action up Capitol Hill. 

 

TAKE ACTION!

Submit public comment on proposed I-15 expansions

When: NOW- January 13

Summary: The Utah Division of Transportation is accepting public comments on the proposed plans to widen a portion of highway I-15. Community members are encouraged to submit comments with concerns and recommend alternative investments in public transportation. Read more about this proposal and its potential impacts by visiting our action alert below.

Public Survey: Your Input Is Needed To Support the Future of Great Salt Lake

When: NOW-January 31, 2023

Utah State University is conducting an open public survey of Utah residents about the future of Great Salt Lake. All residents in Utah are encouraged to participate.

Great Salt Lake is managed as a public trust resource for the people of Utah. Great Salt Lake continues to decline and reached record lows in 2021 and again in 2022. Avoiding negative impacts from shrinkage and the potential loss of Great Salt Lake is currently an important and high-profile public policy issue in Utah.

This survey is intended to help public officials better understand Utahns’ opinions on the future of Great Salt Lake. Participants will have the opportunity to share their visions for the future of the Great Salt Lake and opinions on strategies to safeguard the Great Salt Lake. 

Public Survey: 2023-2028 Five-Year Service Plan

When: NOW – Jan 23, 2023

Summary:
UTA is planning for the next five years of service and beyond. We need your help to understand transit needs and priorities for the region. Visit the page linked above for more information and to submit your comments.

 

 

Public Survey: Join the conversation on Utah's growth

When: NOW- February 28, 2023,

Summary

Growth brings benefits like a broad tax base and more diversity. But growth brings challenges, too, like less affordable housing, strained water availability, and increased traffic congestion.

We need to come together as Utahns to talk about GUIDING OUR GROWTH.

Growth decisions aren’t easy. Sometimes we have to adjust our current way of thinking and living in order to reach a desired future outcome. What can we do now to safeguard Utah’s future quality of life? Now is the time to join the conversation about Utah’s growth and its future.

What does this have to do with Environmental Policy?

We are strong believers in collaboration and ensuring that our policy decisions and writing are created with the best intentions to support communities. We will continue to listen, collaborate and find community-based solutions to solve the biggest environmental threats that Utah faces.