Empower Communities is managed by Utah Clean Energy through funding in partnership with community partners. The Salt Lake City Sustainability Department provided initial funding to launch this initiative in 2017. This community engagement effort aims to empower Salt Lake City residents with the tools to save energy and money while reducing pollution on a community-wide scale. Through Empower Communities, we are working with homeowners, renters, small businesses, schools, and community programs, to bring energy efficiency to the masses!
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Empower Communities has adjusted programming to follow current health guidelines and measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. All LED exchange activities are back up and running, outreach events are in-person again, and virtual and hybrid meeting options are always available.
Meet our Community Partners
A benefit of working within a targeted area is that residents and organizations already in these communities can take the lead! The Empower Communities “Community Partners” head up our community efforts to bring energy saving education and resources to all Salt Lake City residents.
The current community partners include:
Calvary Baptist Church, International Rescues Committee (IRC), Westside Coalition, Guadalupe School, and the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga Utah.
The Empower Communities movement is supported by funding from the U.S. EPA and Intermountain Healthcare.
For more information on the ongoing projects with Community Partners see the Empowering Our Westside Communities Through Energy Upgrades and the Advancing Climate Resiliency & Equity Through Electrification blog posts.