For Immediate Release
December 1, 2016
Meghan Stettler Max Bradshaw
OED Communications Director Leaders for Clean Air
(801) 499-0781 (801) 870-4897
Utah Governor’s Energy Office and Leaders for Clean Air Celebrate the Installation of Electric Vehicle Chargers at Six Non-profit Locations
A ribbon-cutting ceremony today marks Leaders for Clean Air’s completion of a
$10,000 grant awarded by the Governor’s Energy Development Office
SALT LAKE CITY – December 1, 2016 — The Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development (OED), in partnership with Leaders for Clean Air, will cut the ribbon today on a newly installed electric vehicle (EV) charging station at Rowland Hall School. The ceremony, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., marks the completion of nine EV installations at six non-profit locations across Salt Lake City, as part of a $10,000 OED grant awarded to Leaders for Clean Air this past July.
“We’re proud to advance transportation options for the many hardworking individuals at several of Salt Lake’s most cherished non-profit organizations,” said Dr. Laura Nelson. “By embracing our innovative partnership with Leaders for Clean Air, we’ve been able to provide a more robust electric vehicle infrastructure throughout the community, providing an elevated urban living experience for decades to come.”
Grant funds from the OED were used to facilitate the installation of “level 2” EV charging equipment in partnership with non-profit entities throughout the Wasatch Front. To qualify for an EV charging station, the non-profit organization had to employ ten, with at least one of the employees commuting in an EV. Funds covered all costs associated with the EV installation, including the charger and electrical service work.
“Studies show that employees with access to workplace charging are six times more likely to drive a plug-in electric vehicle than the average worker,” said Packsize CEO Hanko Kiessner and founder of Leaders for Clean Air. “With the OED’s support, we were able to create greater adoption among non-profits, a sector of our community that will further promote EV adoption through their active community engagement.”
The six non-profit locations where EV charging stations were installed include:
• Rowland Hall School
• Envision Utah
• Hogle Zoo
• Artspace Commons (which includes tenants Heal Utah, Sierra Club, and Tree Utah, among other non-profit organizations)
• Wasatch Charter School
• Utah Clean Energy
The OED recognizes alternative transportation as one of its five Strategic Objectives in advancing energy innovation to meet the demands of a growing population, while also enhancing environmental outcomes.
For more information regarding the Rowland Hall School ribbon cutting event, visit energy.utah.gov
About Governor’s Office of Energy Development (OED)
Governor Gary R. Herbert recognizes energy as one of the four cornerstones of Utah’s strength, along with education, job creation, and self-determination. In recognition of this priority, the Governor’s Office of Energy Development (OED) was created in 2011 to advance Utah’s diverse energy sector through planning, policy and direct engagement with the private sector; and thereby to foster economic growth through energy development and conservation activities and through the provision of affordable, reliable energy.
About Leaders for Clean Air
Inversions can’t be prevented, but pollution can. With a unified vision to improve Utah’s air quality, Leaders for Clean Air includes Utah business leaders who are stepping up to provide the bottom line direction and incentive required to build value and demand for all-electric and hybrid electric vehicles in the local marketplace. Leaders for Clean Air’s goal is to provide 2,000 electric vehicle charging stations for 100,000 Wasatch Front employees. A non-profit 501 (C) 3 organization, Leaders for Clean Air was launched January 2015. Board members are Packsize CEO Hanko Kiessner, Utah Paperbox President Steve Keyser who is also a Utah Clean Cities Board Member, and 3Form CEO Talley Goodson.