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It is with great pride that I announce Provo’s remarkable accomplishment in the realm of energy efficiency. This year, Provo has earned the distinction of being ranked #1 among mid-sized cities in America for the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings. Additionally, we have achieved an impressive 20th place overall in the national rankings.

In 2022, Provo ranked #2 for mid-sized cities and #21 overall. Although we experienced a slight dip in 2023, falling to #3 for mid-sized cities and out of the top 25 overall, we have made a triumphant return in 2024, reclaiming the top spot for mid-sized cities and improving our overall ranking. This achievement is not just a win for Provo, but for the entire Provo-Orem Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Utah County. Our community's dedication to energy efficiency is evident in landmarks such as our very own City Hall, which stands as a model of sustainable design.

Commercial buildings are significant contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, responsible for 16% of the nation’s total and spending over $190 billion annually on energy. In many urban areas, buildings account for 30% to more than 70% of total emissions. ENERGY STAR certified buildings, on the other hand, use an average of 35% less energy and generate 35% less carbon dioxide than typical buildings. This makes our ranking even more meaningful, highlighting our proactive steps in reducing environmental impact and promoting energy conservation.

Provo’s success is a collective effort. Our business leaders, building owners, and managers have embraced the technical guidance, best practices, and training necessary to make their buildings more energy efficient. By earning ENERGY STAR certification, these buildings demonstrate superior energy performance, outperforming 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide.

In 2023, a significant number of buildings in the Provo area earned the ENERGY STAR, contributing to our top ranking. This achievement reflects our community’s commitment to improving energy efficiency, saving money, and reducing carbon emissions.

We are proud to be a national leader in energy efficiency and to serve as an example for other cities striving to create more sustainable communities. Provo's ranking showcases our dedication to environmental stewardship and the economic and environmental benefits of reducing energy use.

For more information about ENERGY STAR and to see the full rankings, visit Let's keep up the great work, Provo!

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Each year America's Freedom Festival partners with the Provo City Veterans Council to remember and honor those lost while bravely serving our nation in the Armed Forces. I invite you to join us on Monday, May 27, at 10:00 AM for our annual Memorial Day Service at the Provo City Cemetery located at 610 S State Street. It is an opportunity for us to come together as a community and honor the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women throughout our nation's history, as well as those who continue to defend our freedom today.

We extend a warm invitation to the public to attend this heartfelt event. There is no admission fee, and everyone is welcome to participate. Whether you have a personal connection to a fallen soldier, have served in the military yourself, or simply want to show your support, your presence will be valued and cherished.

Active Duty and Veterans: Active duty servicemen and women, as well as veterans, hold a special place in our hearts. We encourage all active duty personnel and veterans to attend the Memorial Day Service. Your presence will serve as a testament to the commitment and sacrifice you have made for our country. If you are able, we invite you to wear your uniforms as a symbol of pride and unity.

Rain or Shine: We understand that weather can be unpredictable. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be moved to the Covey Center for the Arts, located at 425 W Center Street. Regardless of the location, the spirit of the Memorial Day Service will remain unchanged, as we come together to honor our fallen heroes.

Let us stand united and show our unwavering support for our heroes on this significant day. Hope to see you there.

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As we mark National Police Week, we honor the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. This morning, we held a Memorial to remember and pay tribute to our fallen heroes: Chief Bowen, Officer Strong, Officer Tucker, Sergeant Nisson, Senior Officer Halladay, and Master Officer Shinners. We also stand in solidarity with Santaquin PD as they mourn the loss of Sgt. Hoover.

During the Memorial, I had the privilege of addressing our community and the loved ones of our fallen officers. My heart was filled with deep respect and sorrow as I welcomed those in attendance, espcially the spouses and families who have endured unimaginable loss. This day, though somber, was a moment for us to unite in remembrance and support.

I reflected on the recent services for Officer Bill Hoover, and how Chief Beebe's support for Santaquin's Mayor Olson and Chief Hurst was a testament to the kind of officers we have in Provo City. Our officers embody the spirit of dedication and selflessness, and I am immensely grateful for their service.

Five years ago, we experienced a profound loss when we lost Master Officer Joe Shinners. The community's response was overwhelming, with a candlelight vigil near our old city hall. The outpouring of support from residents was a powerful reminder of our collective strength and compassion. Today, as we remember each fallen officer, we extend that same support and solidarity to their families.

There are no words to truly capture the depth of your loss, but I hope it brings some comfort to know that we stand with you in this moment of sacred remembrance.

Chief Beebe spoke with heartfelt emotion, reminding us of the dedication, courage, and selflessness of our fallen officers. Their legacy is etched in our hearts, and their impact on our community is everlasting. To the families of our fallen heroes, we offer our unwavering support and deepest gratitude. Your loved ones were extraordinary individuals who served with honor and integrity.

We also extend our thanks to the law enforcement officers who continue to serve with dedication and commitment. Despite the challenges, you protect and serve our communities, ensuring our safety and well-being.

As we commemorate National Police Week, let us remember the sacrifice of our fallen officers and support their families. Let us also recognize the ongoing efforts of our law enforcement officers who continue to serve with bravery and dedication. Together, as a community, we honor the legacy of our heroes and reaffirm our commitment to support and stand by those who protect us.

Remembering Our Fallen Heroes

Marshal Albert O.H. Bowen

Marshal Albert Bowen, Chief of Police, was the first Utah County police officer to lose his life in the line of duty. On October 13, 1873, he responded to a call at Stubbs & Dunkley Saloon, where he attempted to disarm an intoxicated man waving a gun. He was shot in the side of the head and succumbed to his injuries on October 16, 1873. Marshal Bowen is survived by his wife Catherine and their nine children. He is buried in Provo City Cemetery​​.

Officer William Strong

Officer William Strong was shot and killed on June 27, 1899, after arresting a transient in the city train yard. The suspect, who had burglarized a store, shot Officer Strong in the heart. Officer Strong had returned from retirement to patrol the depot at night. He is survived by his wife Celestia and their four children. He is buried in Provo City Cemetery​​.

Officer Franklin J. Tucker

Officer Frank Tucker died on June 16, 1904, when his duty weapon accidentally discharged. He was working a security detail at the Elks Carnival when his pistol fell from his back pocket and discharged, causing a fatal injury. Officer Tucker is survived by his wife Gunellia and their four children. He is buried in Provo City Cemetery​​.

Sergeant Norman Kim Nisson

Sergeant Norman Nisson was killed on January 11, 1995, in a traffic accident while serving court papers. His vehicle was struck from behind and pushed into oncoming traffic. Sergeant Nisson was a successful hostage negotiator and a member of the Detectives Division. He is survived by his wife Brigitte and their daughters Jennifer and Stephanie. He is laid to rest in Orem City Cemetery​​.

Senior Officer Trenton Halladay

Senior Officer Trenton Halladay joined Provo Police in July 1995 and served in various roles, including the Bike Patrol Unit, SWAT team, and Utah County Major Crimes Task Force. He was diagnosed with liver cancer in January 2006 due to chemical exposure from meth labs. He passed away on July 22, 2006. Officer Halladay is survived by his wife Lisa and their sons Colton and Cooper. He is laid to rest in Salem City Cemetery​​.

Master Officer Joseph Shinners

On January 5, 2019, Master Officer Joseph Shinners was shot while arresting a dangerous fugitive. He was transported to Utah Valley Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Officer Shinners served with the Provo Police Department for three years and was a member of the bike patrol unit and SWAT team. He is survived by his wife Kaylyn and their sons Logan and Colton. He is laid to rest in Springville Evergreen Cemetery​​.

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