Health & Safety

Salt Lake City promotes human and environmental health and safety -- ensuring protection from crime and access to clean and safe air, water, food, housing and open space.

2015 Goals

  • Protect people and infrastructure from crimes and natural hazards.
  • Maintain a safe and healthy natural and human environment.
  • Be prepared for severe disasters.
  • Prepare for climate change impacts on community health and safety.


  • Creation of new PSB/EOC

  • Number of pedestrian and cyclist accidents.

  • "Hate Crimes" ordinance and "Hate Crimes Response Plan".

  • Adoption of climate adaptation strategies.
  • Number and distribution of off-leash dog facilities.
  • Amount of pesticide and herbicide use in City operations.
  • Amount of prescription waste collected within the city.

  • Availability of an ABOP (antifreeze, battery, oil and paint) collection site in the city.

Starting Point

  • Older, unsafe PSB facility and no EOC in 2009.

  • In 2011, there were 149 Pedestrian-Auto accidents and 138 Bike-Auto Accidents.

  • In 2011, there was no established Hate Crimes Response Plan and no ordinance specifically setting penalties for hate crimes.

  • No climate adaptation plan in place in 2011.

  • 7 in 2011.

  • No integrated pest and turf management plan in place.

  • 1,622 pounds of prescription medication in 2011.

  • None established in 2011. (All haz waste can be taken to the landfill HHWF).

2015 Target

  • Fully functional new PSB and EOC.

  • Reduce pedestrian-auto and bike-auto accidents below 2011 levels.

  • Adopted Hate Crimes ordinance and Hate Crimes Response Plan.

  • Plan developed, strategies incorporated into relevant planning.

  • 10 in 2015, located throughout the city.

  • Pest and turf management plan that minimizes application of chemicals has been developed and implemented across city operations.

  • 1,800 pounds of prescription medication in 2015.

  • Centrally-located ABOP within city limits.

Current Status

  • The Public Safety Building opened in 2013 and is the first public safety building in the nation to achieve Net Zero. To reach this lofty goal and ensure the building produces as much energy as it uses, the City employed a host of innovative technologies including rooftop solar and an off-site solar farm, locally-sourced and environmentally-sound materials and high efficiency mechanical systems.

  • In 2014, there were 145 pedestrian-auto accidents and 149 bicycle-auto accidents.

  • Continue to thoroughly investigate each crime as reported for the possibility of a hate crime enhancement, which is determined by the prosecuting agency, not the arresting agency. These enhancements are governed by state statute, UCA 76-2-203.2, which was enacted in 2009.

  • In order to address the current and future impacts of climate change, Salt Lake City convened an internal steering committee to assess local vulnerabilities and response strategies. The Mayor’s Climate Adaptation Steering Committee met several times and ultimately compiled a summary of vulnerabilities and risks.
  • All City departments participated in a collaborative process throughout 2014 to complete an overarching Climate Response Plan. This document highlights ways that the City can both mitigate climate change, by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and prepare for climate change by enhancing the resiliency of City operations. Numerous department-level efforts are underway to accomplish these climate goals and the Response Plan will act as a guiding document on priorities and opportunities going forward.
  • Since the 2015 target was created, Salt Lake City has revised its approach to off-leash dog facilities. Recently the Salt Lake City Council organized a community working group that met throughout May 2014 and included community stakeholders, three City Council members, City department officials and Salt Lake County Animal Services. The group developed recommendations that aim to balance off-leash dogs with other park and trail uses. The City Council also asked for public feedback through Open City Hall to find out where the public is on this issue.

  • The Integrated Pest and Turf Management Plan was completed in 2012. The plan was followed in 2014.

  • 2,180 pounds collected in 2014.

  • No progress to report