Grace Tyler

Grace Tyler

Salt Lake City will set a new, positive standard for how an Olympic Games is run and show the world that embracing the values of inclusion, fairness, and sustainability can enhance the popularity and impact of a major sporting event. The Organizing Committee will enter and be held accountable to a Community Benefits Agreement including the following sections:


Housing built or renovated for the Games will be affordable, equitably dispersed, accessible, and energy efficient. 


Everyone employed to help prepare for the Games or employed during the Games will be paid a living wage. Construction contracts will be awarded to licensed and responsible bidders. Efforts will be made to incentivize hiring local residents, women, people of color, and people with disabilities. Transportation. Investments in public transportation will be made to facilitate less reliance on cars both during and after the Games, with a priority toward projects that will improve air quality and result in heavy resident use, taking into account underserved areas. 

Homeless Services

Displacement of low-income residents during the Games will be mitigated by opening one or more temporary housing shelters and expanding the availability of emergency food.


The Games will strive to achieve net-zero emissions and zero waste, prioritizing use of already-existing infrastructure and venues and holding new buildings to the highest reasonable efficiency standards. The Tri-Canyons of Millcreek, Big Cottonwood and Little Cottonwood Canyons will not be used to host Games events or venues. Environmental accountability will be overseen by an environmental advisory committee. 

Civil Rights

The Games will adopt a code of conduct for both government and private security. Surveillance technology used for security purposes during the Games will include transparency and accountability protections and be overseen by a privacy advisory committee.


Opportunities will be created for low and middle-income Utah residents to be able to attend some Games events for free or reduced rates.  Accessibility. The Games will be welcoming and inclusive for all, with universally accessible venues and events, and disability awareness training for public-facing staff and volunteers.


The Organizing Committee will be a model of transparency, making regular meetings open to the public and sharing all documents online. A community advisory board will monitor progress on the Community Benefits Agreement and other community issues.

2030 Vision Statement Endorsing Organizations:

  • Better Utah
  • Citizens Education Project
  • Crossroads Urban Center
  • HEAL Utah
  • Impact Hub
  • League of Women Voters of Salt Lake
  • Save Our Canyons
  • Utah Building Trades
  • Utah Clean Energy
  • Utah Coalition of La Raza
  • Utahns Against Hunger
  • Voices for Utah Children
  • Westside Coalition 

Media Roundup: The Truth About The Proposed Gondola In Little Cottonwood Canyon. UDOT continues to review their proposed alternatives for transportation in Little Cottonwood Canyon. They have had their hands full due to your action and participation. With over 13,000 comments submitted it is crystal clear that you care about an outcome that is a win not just for resorts, but for year-round visitors to this canyon and the valley residents that depend on its water. 

The following podcast created by Nicole Milavetz (@nmilavetz) covers the topic of the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) Little Cottonwood Canyon Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS) featuring Carl Fisher Executive Director of Save Our Canyons and Leadership of Students for the Wasatch (SFW). 

SFW is an organization at the University of Utah which was created in response to the proposed gondola that is part of the UDOT DEIS. This group focuses on educating the public and providing opportunities for people to take action.

Video Credit Chris Monte and Lane Aasen 

Full Podcast 

About Nicole Milavetz the creator of the podcast: 

Nicole Milavetz is an environmentalist from Salt Lake City Utah. She is a recent graduate from the University of Colorado Boulder with a BA in Environmental Studies and Geography. Nicole is passionate about environmental journalism and podcasting, national parks, public land management, and environmental justice. She currently writes for the Frontline Climate Magazine, which tackles climate change news and top stories, while working to engage the public and spark important conversations about the climate crisis. Nicole hopes to pursue a career in environmental journalism and advocacy, raising awareness about climate change while creating community in the process. 

A key component of 77mm’s core mission is to provide greater access to the world of skiing & mountain living through art, design, and architecture—without sacrificing on environmental concerns.

77mm takes its name from the tail width of the first Howard Head aluminum standard ski. In 1947, Howard Head, a self-educated structural engineer working in airplane manufacturing, was convinced there was a way to make a lighter ski using the material and structural analysis from airplane construction. He quit his job and put all resources into creating a makeshift workshop. After 40 iterations, he birthed the first successful non-wood ski in history. In 1949, he produced 50 pairs, in 1950, he produced 300, and by 1953, he had produced and sold over 4000 pairs of reformed skis. By the end of the decade, Head became the largest ski manufacturer in the country.

My fascination with this story is rooted in the unintended cultural and architectural impact of Head’s product innovation. The significant improvement in ski functionality created a cultural reset: more people interested in skiing, improved capabilities for current skiers, and a greater demand for ski resorts and ski-related products. This catalyst resulted in new events and competitions, further product innovation in apparel, and innovation in cinematography/digital media—the birth of a completely new culture.

It’s with the fascination of the causal relationship between physical product and development that 77mm explores the physical manifestations of culture derived from skiing and mountain living. My driving thesis is that the reshaping of physical products inevitably changes culture, manifested through perceptions, actions, language, art, design, music, film, education, transportation, and architecture.

Simply put, if we can reinterpret ski culture through product innovation, we can influence the architectural development and overall perception of mountain living. Thanks to organizations like Save Our Canyons we can ensure that any progress in development considers the environment as a serious, paramount concern. For this reason, we’ve decided to donate a portion of proceeds from all ‘UTAH’ products moving forward—starting with our signature ‘UTAH’ Cap.

77mm Utah Gear 


Many simultaneous processes are unfolding on the mining proposal in Parley’s Canyon. This project threatens so much of what our region holds dear: land, water, wildlife, air quality, and persevering the majesty of the Wasatch, to name a few. At a proposed size of 600+ acres, after being dug, blasted, and hauled away, the areas north of Grandeur Peak and Mt Aire would be permanently scarred. Leaving our communities including non-human populations to live with the degraded habitat, water, and air. 

On August 22, DOGM approved the Small Mining Application that was filed by Tree Farm LLC. This announcement is consistent with our belief for how abysmal Utah’s laws and regulations are for protecting land, air, water, people and communities.Having another dusty mine, compounded by a dusty lake bed, next to the most populated region, the commercial center of Utah, is inappropriate, dangerous, but the epitome of the Utah way - a lack of care for the people and places that make (made) Utah great. pdfApproved Final Tree Farm Order – Signed

We need you to take action today by letting Tree Farm LLC, Jesse Lassley, and Granite Construction (NYSE: GVA) know that we, as a community, value wild mountains, clean air, healthy rivers and streams, in many regards we strive to leave them in better condition than when we found them. 

Sign Our Petition Today


Into the Smog by Maeve Reiss

Over the past few weeks, the Save Our Canyons community has generated over 7,000 comments to state and county officials on the Parley’s mine. Of course this is in addition to the nearly 25,000 people who have signed a petition demanding Gov. Cox protect Parleys Canyon from a damaging mine. As a community, you’ve taken over 32,000 meaningful actions to protect Parley’s Canyon from a destructive mining proposal. 

While the County has been responsive and on Tuesday April 11, 2022 formalized an ordinance prohibiting new mining and gravel pits in the Wasatch, the State as they are on most issues concerning public and environmental health is disturbingly absent. It begs the question, how many people need to petition the State of Utah to protect our land, air and water? They respond to one developer and their politically connected operator Granite Construction who made a $10,000 contribution to the Utah Republican Party shortly before being announce as the operator and the 2022 Legislative Session, but ignore the pleas of tens of thousands of Utahns who have to live with the ramifications of Utah’s hostility toward protecting our environment. 

So what is going on with the Parley’s Mine proposal and what are the next possible actions. In March, the Division of Oil, Gas and Mining (DOGM) rejected a request for policy review on Small Mining Operations (SMO) and granted a request by Tree Farm to withdraw their simultaneous applications for an SMO and Large Mining Operation (LMO) then granting them the ability to resubmit the SMO separately. This procedural sleight of hand effectively requires DOGM to advance analysis of the SMO, ignoring the LMO which they reserve the right to refile — but DOGM cannot evaluate the impacts as thoroughly as SMO’s are in effect a rubber stamp exercise. 

Save Our Canyons will continue to monitor the state agencies DOGM,  Division of Air Quality and Division of Water Quality, and post updates with pertinent info and actions to protect the wildness and beauty of the Wasatch Mountains and our beloved canyons and foothills. 

The million dollar question is — will the State of Utah, Tree Farm LLC, and Granite Construction recognize and respect Salt Lake County’s ordinances and our communities overwhelming conviction to protect our lands, our air and our water — Our Canyons?

SOC supports the following revisions of Salt Lake County Ordinances:

  • It prohibits the uses of “mineral extraction and processing; mine; quarry; gravel pit; including crushers or concrete batching plants used in connection with and as part of an operation for the removal of sand, gravel and/or rock aggregate in the Forest Recreation Zone and in the Foothills and Canyons Overlay Zone." 
  • It establishes a process for the County planning director to decide whether or not a use not listed is prohibited or related to a conditional or permitted use in the relevant ordinances.
  • pdfMineral Extraction Ordinance

On December 10, 2021, the Salt Lake County Council unanimously initiated an ordinance change to two important zones that govern land use in the Wasatch Mountains of Salt Lake County - the Forest Recreation Zone (FR) and the Foothills and Canyons Overlay Zone (FCOZ). As long time members and supporters of Save Our Canyons know, we need policies that protect the Wasatch and while these changes are not as exhaustive as we'd hope, they are needed. 

In February, Salt Lake County held two public hearings before the Salt Lake County Planning Commissions and Mountainous Planning Commission, where 100% of the public comment was in support of the proposed changes to the ordinances. 

We understand that this process can be complicated, which is why we created a Parley’s Resource page, for more information about this process, a breakdown of all acronyms you might be unfamiliar with, and additional resources.  

This is a much larger issue for the Wasatch and our region. Save Our Canyons continues to work with the government, elected officials, and members of the community to gather information and answer important questions about this proposed mine. 

Parley's Canyon Resources

Donate to Protect Parley's Canyon

The proposed mining operation for Parley's Canyon will have a dramatic effect on the entire Wasatch Range. The size and scope of the project presents this as the largest mining operation within the Wasatch Front since the establishment of the Point of the Mountain quarry.

Stopping a mining operation in Parley's Canyon includes conversations across many different platforms, organizations, county officials, state legislators, and federal agencies. All of these moving parts created a demand for a resource page to best inform and prepare you to be involved and find your voice as an advocate for the Wasatch. This page will continually update as this process continues to evolve.

Acronym’s Defined:

DNR - Department of Natural Resources

DOGM - Division of Oil, Mining, and Gas

SMO - Small Mining Operation

LMO - Large Mining Operation

NOI - Notice of Intent

EPA - Environmental Protection Agency

NEPA - National Environmental Policy Act

FCOZ - Foothills and Canyons Overlay Zones 

FR - Forestry and Recreation Zone

SLCo - Salt Lake County

Additional ways to act now:

Read the revisions of Salt Lake County Ordinances on 12/10/2021 below:

pdf Meeting Minutes from Salt Lake County on 12/10

pdfMineral Extraction Ordinance

  • SOC supports the following revision of Salt Lake County Ordinances:
    • It prohibits the uses of “mineral extraction and processing; mine; quarry; gravel pit; including crushers or concrete batching plants used in connection with and as part of an operation for the removal of sand, gravel and/or rock aggregate in the Forest Recreation Zone and in the Foothills and Canyons Overlay Zone.
    • It establishes a process for the County planning director to decide whether or not a use not listed is prohibited or related to a conditional or permitted use in the relevant ordinances.



On August 30th, UDOT announced the gondola as their preferred alternative for Little Cottonwood Canyon, but with a phased approach first. While we are disappointed they are still considering the gondola after 14,000+ public comments were submitted – we see the bigger picture in their announcement: we have time to prevent the gondola.

July 12, 2021

Claire Parsons

Wilderness Stewardship and Education Coordinator

We would like to start off by saying THANK YOU to anyone that signed the petition to Gov. Cox and UDOT asking to extend the comment period on the UDOT DEIS, submitted a comment to UDOT, and contacted their local elected officials. 

Did you miss our Wildfire Panel Discussion on June 23rd? Tune into today to learn about about our forests and wildfires, how you can get involved, and what you can do this summer to reduce wildfires!