Who We Are

Meet the UPEC Board
Meet the UPEC Board

Utah Population and Environment Council works at the intersection of the environment and human population. UPEC studies, discusses and explores the myriad of stresses that an increasing population puts on the world in which we live.

We understand the connections between population, finite resources, and the Quality of Life.


Our Mission is to promote a sustainable balance with human population and the environment.

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


The first organizational meeting of the Utah Population and Environment Coalition (UPEC) was on December 17, 1997. The Coalition received three small grants from the National Audubon Society that assisted in our efforts from Sept. 1998 through June 2002. Through the years the Coalition continued to address the on-going concerns of population increases and resource consumption in Utah, particularly along the Wasatch Front.

UPEC originally formed under the name of Utah Population and Environment Coalition. The Coalition was a program component of the Wellness Health and Lifestyle Education (WHALE) Center. WHALE is private non profit 501(c)(3) organization.

The association with WHALE was a very productive and useful time, but for various reasons UPEC Board members thought it best to become a separate organization. Beginning in 2016, UPEC operates solely under the name of Utah Population and Environment Council and is its own private non profit 501(c)(3) organization.