'Green' resolutions to help the environment for 2014

Published: Saturday, Jan. 4 2014 5:44 p.m. MST

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Park your car. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that if you can avoid driving just two days a week, you can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1,590 pounds a year.

Utah air quality regulators say 57 percent of the Wasatch Front's pollution comes from the tailpipe, so taking mass transit, telecommuting or bicycling to work will help clean up the air — and our lungs.
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Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

Water is probably one of the biggest challenges facing Utah (aside from enough clean air).

Utah is expected to double its population in the next two decades, and yet, we will not get any more water. In fact, we may actually have less if climatologists are correct in their projections about lower rainfall levels and faster snow melt.

Two government policies could curtail Utah's excessive water consumption: (1) move away from water-intensive coal- and gas-steam plants for electricity to wind and solar that don't use any water; and (2) requirements for xeriscaping for new homes.

It is possible to have a beautiful, lush-looking yard without extensive water-guzzling lawn and non-native plants, but spec-home developers don't consider it because it isn't required and they will never have to pay the water bills for the homes they sell. For a homeowner to re-do a yard to be more water-efficient is costly and wasteful. If developers were required at the start to install water-efficient yards, similar to how they have to install smoke alarms and efficiency measures in their homes, it would do much to curtail water consumption in Utah.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Environment? What environment?

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