This week, sow the seeds of sustainability in your neighborhood by attending an open house about new community gardens in Salt lake City. Later, check out the Live More With Less conference at Utah Valley University, focusing on how everybody can use less energy to do their part for a cleaner future. Salt Lake County residents will want to attend a meeting discussing a special election for a sales & use tax increase to help fund parks, recreational and cultural programs in the county.
Community Garden Open House
Thursday, Oct. 2
Salt Lake City and Wasatch Community Gardens need your green thumb to help work and tend new community-garden parcels in the city. Residents are encouraged to apply by Dec. 1 to organize and develop the gardens. Future garden spots are at 1700 S. 700 East, 1953 S. 2100 East, 2700 S. 1300 East, 840 N. 300 West. and 500 N. East Capitol.
Salt Lake City & County Building, 451 S. State, 801-535-7755, Oct. 2, 5-7:30 p.m., SLCGreen.com
Live More With Less
Friday, Oct. 3
Realizing a fossil-fuel free world isn't just about protesting coal plants and oil pipelines—perhaps most vital is the average citizen reducing his or her individual energy use, which fuels these polluting industries. The free event will feature exhibits and speakers including Richard Heinberg, a senior fellow at the Post Carbon Institute, and Rick Gill, a biology professor at Brigham Young University.
Utah Valley University Science Auditorium, 800 W. University Parkway, Orem, Oct. 3, 1:30-6:30 p.m., LiveMoreWithLess.org
Salt Lake County ZAP Tax Hearing
Monday, Oct. 6
The Salt Lake County Council is considering holding a special election to put on the ballot the idea of imposing a one-tenth of a percent sales & use tax to fund ZAP programs in the county. These programs help fund parks and county campgrounds and athletic fields, and nonprofit cultural organizations and those that advance plant and zoological research and community education.
Salt Lake County Government Center, 2001 S. State, 801-468-2930, Oct. 6, 4 p.m., SLCO.org/Council