Utah, we live in a beautiful place.

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To achieve a sustainable, healthy, and happy human population living in harmony with the natural environment.

Utah and UPEC

Utah’s beautiful, pristine, and expansive natural environment has been greatly degraded in recent years, fueled by high population growth and rapid growth of its resource extraction-based economic sectors. Utah’s leaders are actively planning to accommodate a predicted doubling of the population in the next 20 to 30 years – especially along the urban Wasatch Front.

UPEC was founded in 1997 initially to provide a data-based foundation for considering population and environment concerns and issues. It is managed and directed by board members who meet regularly (please see Who We Are).

We believe it is our responsibility as citizens of the earth to be concerned about the environment, sustainability, and population. We place special value on the unique heritage and landscape of the state of Utah.


Read UPEC’s Updated White Paper

We all face many important choices as we live our lives and form relationships with others, and with society as a whole. Many factors influence population levels, of course, but this white paper will discuss one of the most personal and important choices we face that affects our population — how many children to bring into this world — and the implications of this choice for ourselves, and our state, nation, planet. READ MORE

In another great episode of Stuff You Should Know, hosts Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant discuss population through the lens of carrying capacity and Malthus’s famous (or maybe infamous) theory. This episode, Was Malthus Right About Carrying Capacity, is an interesting conversation and well worth the half an hour, even if you are already well versed in the so called “Malthusian curse”.www.iheart.com/podcast/105-stuff-you-should-know-26940277/episode/was-malthus-right-about-carryin...<p>Thomas Malthus concluded that humanity is bound to outgrow Earth's carrying capacity. The prediction was based on humanity's exponential growth and the linear growth of the food supply -- but was he correct? Tune in to find out.</p><p> </p> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href='htt... ... See MoreSee Less
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Those Snowy Peaks Have Us Thinking…

If you visit the Wasatch Front for snow-related activities, or, if you have simply lived in Salt Lake for more than a minute, then you have almost certainly experienced the intense traffic that often occurs in our area’s iconic mountain canyons. The “worst” days see over a thousand vehicles in Little Cottonwood alone, but this level […]

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Inland Port Taking Shape South of Great Salt Lake

A multimillion Inland Port is taking shape south of the Great Salt Lake. The original project of 16,000 acres has since ballooned to include a newly planned real estate development and a gargantuan Amazon warehouse. Guided by the Utah Inland Port Authority (UIPA), and with a freshly approved budget of $40 million, Utah’s Inland Port […]

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A Few Thoughts on Immigration

To begin with an understatement, immigration is a highly controversial topic. Most of us are familiar with the contentious cultural and economic debates surrounding immigration policy, and immigration also has multiple tangled and ambiguous connections to population growth and the environment. Immigration obviously contributes to population growth in the United States, though even measuring by […]

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Mail: UPEC P.O. Box 520402
Salt Lake City, UT 84152-0402

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