SCPW Teaming Up with Fellow Energy Advocacy Group, Utah Clean Energy
Summit County – Summit Community Power Works (SCPW) is launching a new chapter. Now that the Georgetown University Energy Prize competition has closed, SCPW is integrating with fellow energy advocacy organization, Utah Clean Energy. Under the helm of Utah Clean Energy, SCPW will continue its successful engagement with Park City and Summit County residents to save energy and reduce pollution.
“Snow is at the heart of our culture and our economy. We’re proud to have incubated Summit Community Power Works and believe that merging with Utah Clean Energy is a win for our community and for locals who are dedicated to conservation and renewable energy,” said Katie Wright, Executive Director of Park City Community Foundation.
“We couldn’t be more proud to team up with SCPW on its already impressive energy-saving programs,” states Sarah Wright, Utah Clean Energy’s Executive Director. “Utah Clean Energy has a strong background in working with Park City and Summit County through multiple Community Solar programs, and various clean energy policies. This partnership is an exciting next step that will elevate the Wasatch Back’s sustainability efforts, and we’re excited to get started.”
SCPW was created to vie for the Georgetown University Energy Prize competition in 2014-2016, and through the process achieved phenomenal success in reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through multiple community engagement programs. Looking to the future, Utah Clean Energy will be spearheading SCPW’s coordination with local government and community members to build on its successes, and ensure SCPW’s energy efficiency programs continue. However, this transition is not without some sadness, as the leadership of the organization is changing.
The Executive Director position held by Erin Bragg since Sept 1, 2017, has been discontinued. Bragg has led SCPW in this transition in creating a pathway to better position SCPW for continued growth. This transition will also mark the end of Park City Community Foundation’s (Community Foundation) fiscal sponsorship of SCPW.
SCPW Board Chair Mark Tourangeau states, “Erin has been an exceptional leader and we are so grateful for her hard work, passion and dedication.” Tourangeau continues, “SCPW would not have been possible without the exceptional staff of the Community Foundation who provided the administrative foundation from which SCPW was able to operate as a nonprofit in the community.”
The details of SCPW’s new leadership and programming under Utah Clean Energy will be finalized throughout the summer. In the meantime, SCPW will remain alive in the community, available to connect residents and businesses to energy efficiency information at scpw.org.
About Summit Community Power Works
SCPW’s mission is to inspire efficient energy use through practical and innovative programs to improve economic vitality and the environment. In 2014 SCPW was created to compete for a $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize. After two years of fiercely fighting to reduce our energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through the 4 switches; LED Switch, Control Switch, Comfort Switch and Power Switch, the competition ended. While not the ultimate victor, SCPW continues to work for the community and provide energy efficiency programs.
About Utah Clean Energy
Utah Clean Energy is Utah’s leading expert public interest organization working to expand renewable energy and energy efficiency in a way that is beneficial not only for Utah’s environment and health, but also our economy and long-term energy security. Utah Clean Energy is committed to creating a future that ensures healthy, thriving communities for all, empowered and sustained by clean energies such as solar, wind and energy efficiency.
About Park City Community Foundation
Park City Community Foundation helps people give back to the place they love. With our deep community knowledge and nonprofit expertise, we connect donors to organizations that are making a real difference in the greater Park City area. Our wide array of donor funds, grant programs, and community initiatives provide opportunities for everyone to give in both deeply personal and truly collaborative ways. Park City Community Foundation is creating an enduring philanthropic community for all the people of Park City.