Conference Schedule

The conference program will continue to be updated as details are confirmed. Please check back regularly.

Wed Oct 2 | Day 1 Sessions | 8a-4p

Venue | Jim Santy Auditorium

8a | Check-in & Continental Breakfast

Conference check-in and continental breakfast.

Good to Know…

  • Please arrive close to 8a to assure smooth check-in for everyone.
  • Click here for Santy location; click here for details on walking, public transit and parking at Santy.

9a | Welcome & Introduction

Opening remarks by Mayor Andy Beerman.

9:20a | State of the Climate

Presentation by Rob Davies of Utah State University.

Understand how the climate crisis is changing our world today, from far-reaching global effects to disturbances right here in our local mountain communities. The world response is changing as well, as governments and citizens pivot towards renewable energy solutions, providing hope that we can overcome this challenge.

10:40a | Why 2030 and Why Us

Presentations & Panel Discussion with Resort Leaders.

Ski resorts are the major players in our mountain towns – they inspire millions of visitors per year and expand both our footprint and leadership.

Join leaders from the 4 major resort organizations to hear about their roles in creating ecosystem change in mountain towns. We have an immense opportunity to build from industry leadership to achieve new areas of collaboration between mountain towns, ski resorts, and our local communities to reach the ambitious goals and action plans needed to achieve net zero by 2030.

12p | Lunch

Lunch buffet, compliments of Vail Resorts, presenting partner of MT2030.

1:15p | Effective Climate Messaging in Mountain Communities

Presentations by Mario Molina, Executive Director of Protect Our Winters and Taylor Rogers of Climate Reality.

Learn about newly published research on the use of data-driven communications to create effective community engagement on climate change.

2:15p | Show Me the Money

Panel discussion with Jay Bartlett of Parthenon (moderator), Bob Hopper of MMA Energy Capital, Tammie Arnold of World Resource Institute, Paul Scharfenberger of Colorado Clean Energy Fund and Jennifer Finger, Beneficial State Bancorp.

3:15 | Perspectives from the Federal Level

Presentation by US Congressman Ben McAdams.

4p | Session End

Take a couple hours to relax and unwind before the Opening Night event at Eccles Theater.

Wed Oct 2 | Opening Night Keynote | 6p-830p

Venue | Eccles Theater at Park City High School

630p | Mountain Towns 2030 Opening Night Keynote

The MT2030 officially launches with an Opening Night Event keynote presentation by Dr. Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace.

Featuring an introduction by Paul Hawken, Founder of Project Drawdown, a non-profit dedicated to researching when and how global warming can be reversed.

Good to Know… 

  • Doors open at 6p with show starting promptly at 630p (please arrive at 6p).
  • Limited tickets available for the general public by clicking here. Conference attendees with 3-day passes do not require additional tickets for this event.
  • Special MT2030 bus shuttle for conference attendees; click here for details. We encourage use of public transit. More travel & transportation information is here.

Thu Oct 3 | Day 2 Sessions | 9a-4p | Santy Auditorium

8a | Arrivals & Continental Breakfast

Arrival to Santy Auditorium and continental breakfast.

9a | Welcome & Recap

Luke Cartin recaps Day 1 and previews Day 2.

9:05a | Perspectives from City Mayor to US Congress

Discussions and Q&A with former Provo Mayor and current US Congressman John Curtis.

9:25a | Day 2 Keynote with Paul Hawken

Project Drawdown Founder Paul Hawken builds on his Opening Night remarks with a deeper dive into effective solutions to reverse global warming by reducing and sequestering greenhouse gases.

Introduction by John Cumming of Powdr Corp, presenting partner of MT2030.

11a | The Road to 100% Renewable

Park City Mayor Andy Beerman and Rocky Mountain Power CEO Gary Hoogeveen discuss how Utah, a state that designated coal as its state rock, has passed one of the most progressive Community Renewable Energy Legislations in the country.

12p | Lunch

Lunch buffet, compliments of Vail Resorts, presenting partner of MT2030.

Breakout Sessions | 1:10p-2:10p & 2:15p-3:15p

Conference-goers divide into smaller groups to tackle issues in a conversational format.

Attend one of the three offerings for the first hour-long session, then choose a new one for the second session.

Breakout 1 | Local Climate Resources for a Local and Regional Engagement

Brian McInerary of NOAA and Taylor Rogers of Climate Reality.

Dive deep into the strategies presented to set a new carbon reduction goal or identify new tactics to make your existing goal a reality. This hands-on session will include an overview of local and regional climate resources that can inform your understanding of climate impacts and help transform big ideas into direct action within your community and through engagement with local partners.

Breakout 2 | City Utility Partnership: How to Engage your Utility

Tyler Poulson of Salt Lake City and Sarah Wright of Utah Clean Energy.

In this tactical working session, learn about the key steps, documents and success factors to pursue effective collaboration between your city and local utility to get to a renewable energy model that works. Leave this discussion with resources for implementation in your community.

Breakout 3 | Carbon Tracking – How to Pull Together a Footprint Analysis 

Nick Kazsa of National League of Cities, Tom Herrod of ICLEI and Chase Jones of Missoula, Montana.

Learn the technical landscape of carbon accounting, including what tools are available, how to design measurement and accountability processes, and how to concretely track and move towards your community’s carbon reduction goal. Hear from experts that design and implement these tools.

3:15p | Announcements & Takeaways

The conference sessions will close with several panel sessions covering grant announcements, mayoral rountable discussions and audience discussions on key takeaways and next steps for Mountain Towns 2030.

4p | Session End

Enjoy the rest of the afternoon before the 6p banquet dinner at Bill White Farms.

Thu Oct 3 | Banquet Dinner | 6p-830p

Venue | Bill White Farms

6p-830p | MT2030 Banquet Dinner at Bill White Farms

The MT2030 conference sessions close with an amazing evening buffet of food prepared from MT2030 supporter Bill White’s farm and ranch properties, including fresh vegetables and beef all raised right here in Park City at 6,500 feet.

Hear from Bill as he explains the journey of building his company of 8 diverse restaurants to now include a complex farm, ranch and land management operation, all in our little mountain town.

Good to Know…

  • Please remember to RSVP with MT2030 staff at the Wed AM check-in
  • A special MT2030 coach shuttle will run between Park City and Bill White Farms on Hwy 224.
  • Due to limited parking at the Farm, public bus transportation or ride-share/taxi service is strongly encouraged.
  • Cash bar for wine, beer and spirits.
  • Dress for cooler temps after sundown; some dining areas will be outside.

Day 3 | Fri Oct 4 | Field Day

Solutions in Action

Tour Park City’s green solutions.

Ride the electric buses, e-bikes and visit the regenerative agriculture projects.

Check back shortly for schedule details.

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