Open Fossil-Fuel-Free Spaces 

Stick up for open spaces

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This week, stick up for open spaces in Salt Lake City and fight for clean, open, carbon-free skies. On Thursday, stop by the Salt Lake City Open Space Advisory Board to learn about spots the city may consider acquiring to keep the city green. On Friday, attend a meeting at the First Unitarian Church as it discusses divesting from the fossil-fuel industry, and learn more about encouraging your school or church to pull its investments in carbon-burning companies. Also, drop off old electronics and documents to be recycled or shredded at the Utah Department of Commerce’s Declutter Day event.

Open Space Land Advisory Board
Thursday, May 16
If you’re a believer in keeping a healthy shade of green amid the concrete of Salt Lake City, then make sure to check out the Open Space Land Advisory Board, which helps guide the city toward protecting open space in the city. At this meeting, you can get status updates on local community gardens, west-side wetlands and the drafting of an open-space ordinance. Salt Lake City Parks & Public Lands Division, 1965 W. 500 South, 801-535-7730, May 16, 5-7 p.m., SLCGov.com/parks

Go Fossil Free!
Friday, May 17
At this panel, the First Unitarian Church will be discussing whether or not to scrub fossil-fuel investments from the church’s portfolio. It’s part of a movement that’s caused students across the country to demand that their colleges divest from fossil fuels. Even if this church isn’t your place of worship, feel free to come learn more about the fossil-fuel-divestment movement. First Unitarian Church, 569 S. 1300 East, 801-582-8687, May 17, 7-9 p.m., SLCUU.org

Declutter Day
Friday, May 17
The Utah Department of Commerce is encouraging Utahns to practice safe commerce and be environmentally responsible at the same time with their special Declutter Day. Bring by your old documents for secure shredding, and also be sure to drop off any old electronics for recycling. You can also donate used clothing for charity, all at the same location. Utah Tailgating Lot, 500 S. Guardsman Way, 801-530-6701, May 17, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Commerce.Utah.gov/declutter

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