In 2014, Salt Lake City was designated a Climate Action Champion Community for their leadership in reducing emissions and increasing climate resilience and adaptation to air quality concerns from climate change. The Sustainable Salt Lake Plan 2015 articulates the city’s broad and ambitious agenda to protect its resources, enhance its assets and establish a path towards greater community resilience. The plan set goals to improve air quality, protect community health and reduce particulate matter and ozone pollution, which are both projected to be exacerbated by climate change. The City adopted specific transportation measures to decrease miles traveled, reduce vehicle idling and promote alternatives. These clean air strategies reduce current air pollution that is expected to be exacerbated by climate change.
While continuing to address air quality issues, Salt Lake City formulated a vulnerability assessment and adaptation plan. The Salt Lake City climate response plan, called Climate Positive 2040, includes a climate vulnerability assessment, a greenhouse gas mitigation plan and an adaptation plan. This comprehensive approach to climate adaptation builds off of previous adaptation efforts to better help the city anticipate, plan and prepare to take action to protect residents from future public health and air quality concerns.