Empower Communities is managed by Utah Clean Energy through funding and partnership with the Salt Lake City Sustainability Department. 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 late-March, Empower Communities has adjusted programming to follow current health guidelines and measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. All LED exchange activities are currently suspended until further notice, some outreach activities have moved online, and others have been changed to socially distanced events and drive-thrus.
As more households stay home, this can increase home energy bills and put further strain on families who are experiencing challenges due to COVID. Empower Communities has partnered with community organizations like Crossroads Urban Center, SLC Schools, Granite School District, and Promise South Salt Lake to get LEDs and energy-saving information to households. We’ve also participated in resource drive-thrus organized by partners including Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake, University Neighborhood Partners, and more.
Meet the Energy Ambassadors
A benefit of working within a targeted area is that residents and organizations already in these communities can take the lead! The Empower Communities “Energy Ambassadors” head up our community efforts to bring energy saving education and resources to residents of 84116 and 84104 communities.
COVID Update: LED installations hosted by our Ambassadors are currently suspended. EmpowerSLC is currently working with both partners to provide virtual energy efficiency lessons.
- International Rescue Committee (IRC): Helping refugees survive, recover, and gain control of their future, the IRC will complete LED direct-installations during home visits with resettled families.
- Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services: Meals on Wheels volunteers routed in Salt Lake City’s West Side will give homebound seniors receiving meals an option for free LED installations in their home.