Our actions that promote a healthy environment.


Partial List of UVEF Actions

The precursor of the UVEF was formed in 2006 to promote good stewardship and improve the environment here in Utah Valley. The following is a partial list of what the UVEF does and has done:

  1. 1.Public Forums: We conduct free, public, educational forums on odd numbered months at the Orem Public Library where different environmental topics are covered and discussed.

  1. 2.Environmental Stewardship Survey: We conduct the annual "Environmental Stewardship Survey" of Utah Valley communities to help educate, encourage, commend and publicize their efforts that reflect good stewardship.

  1. 3.Rooftop Solar: We conduct a Community Solar Program facilitating the heavily discounted purchase of rooftop solar systems in Utah Valley.

  1. 4.Clean Air Rally: We conducted the first-ever-in-Utah-County "Clean Air, Clean Energy" rally. The rally featured 8 "top tier" speakers including representatives from the Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, HEAL Utah, Utah Moms for Clean Air, Citizens Climate Lobby, BYU, Ski Utah and PANDOS.

  1. 5.Clean Air Conferences: We co-hosted two UVU/UVEF Clean Air Clean Energy Conferences at UVU.

  1. 6.Collaborations: We coordinate with other environmental organizations headquartered in Salt Lake City to promote responsible stewardship of the environment, including the “Clean Air No Excuses” rallies at the state capitol. The first rally drew approximately 5,000 people—perhaps the largest environmental rally in the United States.

  1. 7.Outings: We conduct educational and recreational outings to various sites in Utah.

  1. 8.Saved Wetlands: We helped defeat the proposed MountainView Corridor highway through the wetlands in Lehi.

  1. 9.Stopped the Bridge: We helped the effort to stop the proposed toll bridge across Utah Lake.

  1. 10.Saved Rock and Slate Canyons: We helped save these beautiful canyons from proposed damaging development.

  1. 11.Public Input: We testify and provide public input on numerous proposed activities adversely affecting the environment.

  1. 12.Meet the Candidates: We conducted the first ever environmental “Meet the Candidates” night in Utah Valley.

  1. 13.Web Site, Facebook, Emailings: We maintain a UVEF website, active email list and Facebook page—continually updating all with postings promoting good stewardship in Utah Valley.

  1. 14.Governmental Input: We helped Provo City’s decision to appoint a Sustainability Advisor to the Mayor and Orem City’s decision to establish a Natural Resources Stewardship Committee.

  1. 15.Speaker Sponsorship: We co-sponsored the appearance of world-renown climatologist James Hanson at UVU.

  1. 16.Science Fair Awards: We present awards to area students who author outstanding environmental science projects.

  1. 17.Earth Stewardship Awards: We recognize outstanding efforts to help the environment in Utah and Utah Valley by awarding UVEF Earth Stewardship Awards.

  1. 18.Event Sponsorship: We sponsored a special medical science and dance arts event at BYU in cooperation with the Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment and the Repertory Dance Theater company of SLC.

  1. 19.Promote Conservation: We helped Provo City promote its programs and actions to conserve energy.

  1. 20.Improved Efficiency: We helped move the Provo School District to upgrade the efficiency of their school bus fleet and reduce unnecessary idling.

  1. 21.Tree Planting: We organized and conducted a tree-planting in Provo for Native American young people.

  1. 22.Opt-Out Recycling: We helped get Provo City Council to pass an opt-out program of citywide recycling.

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