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, compliments of Vail Resorts, presenting partner of MT2030.

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.

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.

Special thanks to Program Partner SnoCru.

10:40a | Why 2030 and Why Us

Presentations & Panel Discussion with Resort Owners, CEOs, and Sustainability Directors.

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.

Special thanks to Program Partner Love Communications.

12p | Lunch

MT2030’s zero-waste lunch buffet over these two days is compliments of Vail Resorts, Presenting Partner of MT2030.

1:15p | Effective Climate Messaging in Mountain Communities

Presentation by Mario Molina, Executive Director, Protect Our Winters and follow-up discussion moderated by Taylor Rogers from the Climate Reality Project.

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

Special thanks to Supporters Rossignol & RootRez.

2:15p | Show Me the Money

Panel discussion on the growing opportunities to finance projects that transition to net zero. Panel moderated by Jay Bartlett of Parthenon, with Bob Hopper of MMA Energy Capital, Tammie Arnold of Alpha Ledger Technologies, Paul Scharfenberger of Colorado Clean Energy Fund and Jennifer Finger, Beneficial State Bancorp.

Special thanks to Supporters Rocky Mountain Power & Snowsports Industries America.

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.

The night will kick-off with a presentation by environmentalist and author Paul Hawken, introducing the work 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.

Special thanks to…

Founding Partners | Park City Municipal & Park City Community Foundation

Presenting Partners | Drawdown Fund, Vail Resorts, Alterra Mountain Company, Boyne Resorts & POWDR

Supporter | Park City Institute

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

8a | Arrivals & Continental Breakfast

Arrival to Santy Auditorium and continental breakfast, compliments of Vail Resorts, presenting partner of MT2030.

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, presenting partner of MT2030.

Special thanks to Program Partner Ski Butlers.

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.

Special thanks to MMA Capital & US Ski and Snowboard.

12p | Lunch

Bill Rock, Vail Resorts Senior Vice President, will kick-off the lunch hour by providing more detail on their collaboration with communities and sustainability work in Park City, specifically with zero-waste.

 

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 four offerings for the first hour-long session, then choose others for the second session.

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

Brian McInerney of NOAA, Taylor Rogers of Climate Reality and Nick Kazsa of National League of Cities.

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.

Special thanks to Supporters Proterra & Waldorf Astoria.

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.

Special thanks to Supporters Treasure Mountain Inn and The Nature Conservancy.

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

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.

Special thanks to Supporter Ski Utah.

Breakout 4 | Land, Ecosystem Services & Sustainability

Gregg Simonds of Open Range Consulting and Luke Cartin of Park City Municipal.

Mountain communities attract people for their sense of place and their iconic landscapes. These lands aren’t just isolated to the jagged peaks; they extend to lush river valleys and rangeland. Learn about a citizen-science soil carbon project, the benefits of increased soil carbon, and participate in a collaborative discussion on engaging government (local, state, federal), land trusts, and land owners to accomplish shared goals of sequestration, water quality, and supporting rural economies.

Special thanks to Supporter Pendry Residences.

3p | Key Take Aways & Next Steps 

The conference will close with several sessions covering actions and next steps, including a mayoral roundtable and audience discussions on key takeaways and opportunities 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.

Special thanks to Program Partner Bill White Restaurant Group.

Day 3 | Fri Oct 4 | Field Day

9a | Solutions in Action

Tour Park City’s green solutions.

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

Tours start at 9a and end around 12 noon.

Electric Bus Tour:

  • Park City operates their electric bus fleet more than any other transit agency in the nation. Learn about the infrastructure, operations, utility support, and see the buses in action. Alfred Knotts, Park City’s Transportation Manager, will lead the group. Meet here at 9a.

Open Space Tour:

  • Park City’s residents have purchased outright, or placed conservation easements on, over 10,000 acres of land. Take a hike on Park City’s newest acquisition, Treasure Hill, and understand how trails, open space management, and community needs and wants all combine to help manage our lands. Heinrich Deters, Park City’s Property, Real Estate and Open Space Manager will lead the group. Please wear sturdy footwear.  Meet here at 9a.

Affordable Housing Tour:

  • Come tour Park City’s newest affordable housing development and learn about Park City’s affordable housing goals. Understand how building design, occupant education, and energy efficiency are helping design the next phase of affordable housing that will be net-zero on-site. Jason Glidden, Park City’s Affordable Housing Manager will lead the tour. Meet here at 9a.

Regenerative Agriculture and Biochar:

  • Take a tour of Park City’s gateway open space, McPolin Farm. This unique partnership between Summit Land Conservancy, Park City, and Bill White Farms has a goal to improve water quality, biodiversity, and increase soil carbon sequestration. Luke Cartin, Park City’s Sustainability Manager, will lead the tour. Please wear sturdy footwear. Meet here at 9a.

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