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June 27, 2017

The County Library Partners with Aspen Institute to Offer Air Quality Panel

Kelsy Thompson - Email
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SALT LAKE COUNTY, UT — In partnership with the Aspen Institute's Citizenship & American Identity program, the County Library presents "Science & Civics: Clean Air in Utah," a panel discussion with local and national experts focusing on Utah's air quality. The free discussion will be held at the Library's Viridian Event Center on July 20 and includes a light dinner. Registration is required to attend the event.

During winter inversions, it's not uncommon for some Utah cities to have the worst air quality in the nation for two to three consecutive days. The panel discussion aims to increase understanding of both the science and civic dimensions of the issue. The panelists include: Matt Pacenza, Executive Director, HEAL Utah; Stevie Lewis, Outreach Director, Public Lab; Kerry Kelly, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering, University of Utah; Representative Joel Briscoe, Utah State Legislature; and Robert Paine III, MD, Chief, Division of Pulmonary, Internal Medicine, University of Utah. The panel will be moderated by Judy Fahys, KUER.

"The Science & Civics initiative is based on the premise that there is a dangerous gap in both civic literacy and scientific literacy in the United States," says Carrie Hopper, program manager at the Aspen Institute. "We see these two trends as connected, and believe addressing them together is vital to cultivating a citizenry capable of informed self-government."

Learn more about the Aspen Institute's Citizenship & American Identity program:

  • What: "Science & Civics: Clean Air in Utah" panel discussion
  • Where: Library's Viridian Event Center (8030 S 1825 W, West Jordan)
  • When: July 20, 6 pm
  • Note: Registration required; visit EventBrite to register



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