The Utah Roadmap - Utah's Focus on Continuous Air Quality Improvement

Last year, the Utah Legislature provided $200,000 of funding to the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah. This funding helped to complete a study of climate and air quality with the goal of identifying science-based solutions. In January of this year, the Gardner Institute published the conclusions of this study as The Utah Roadmap.

The Utah Roadmap proposes seven strategies (“mileposts”), distilled from over 200 policy options, as a first area of focus for legislative actions.

  1. Adopt emissions-reduction goals and measure results
  2. Lead by example
  3. Create a premier air quality/changing climate solutions laboratory
  4. Accelerate quality growth efforts
  5. Position Utah as the market-based EV state
  6. Provide economic transition assistance to rural communities
  7. Participate in national dialogue about market-based approaches to reduce carbon emissions

One of the notable milepost goals is to reduce criteria pollutants below 2017 levels by 50% by 2050. Learn more about each milepost and the goals associated with each of them here.