Cedar City, Utah, is a small city tucked away from the rest of the country in a remote canyon just outside of Salt Lake City.
It has an array of shops and stores, but none of them is open to the public.
That’s why when the city’s new grocery store opens next month, shoppers will be able to enjoy its shopping options.
The new store is located in the heart of Cedar City.
The Cedar City Mall will offer more than 300,000 square feet of fresh fruits and vegetables, deli and bakery, clothing, and electronics.
The stores will be equipped with a wide variety of fresh produce and meat, as well as baked goods.
In addition, shoppers can choose from several specialty grocery stores and carryout outlets.
The city is the second-largest city in Utah.
It’s also the city that was chosen to be one of the 10 finalists for a $5 billion National Geographic-sponsored, “Big Picture” project, the project that aims to identify the most sustainable places in the country.
This year’s project aims to find the most environmentally friendly cities and explore their strategies to cut their carbon footprints.
But the city of Cedar Lake, Utah is a pioneer in the clean energy space, says Mayor Gary Johnson.
Cedar Lake is the first city in the U.S. to have a fully renewable energy source for its electricity.
“We want to be a leader in this,” Johnson says.
The goal of the city is to make the city a hub for clean energy, and the new grocery and grocery stores will help make that happen.
“I’m very proud to have been chosen for this program,” says Johnson.
Johnson says the project aims for the community to be an “insider” in the sustainability movement.
“The first part of this program is to help us identify the areas where the community has the most potential to reduce their carbon footprint,” he says.
“That’s the next part of the program is, ‘how do we get the community interested in this?’ and that’s what this program will be about.”
The city has already been in the business of offering the city residents access to their grocery and food items since the late 1990s.
Johnson said in the early 2000s, he saw a shift in how people shop and what they liked to buy.
“By 2002, we had this trend, where people really started to go out and buy groceries at the grocery store,” he said.
“They’re just buying their groceries, not getting in the car to drive home.
And then in 2003, we started to see this trend of people buying at the drive-thru,” he explains.
“So, we were able to put together this program that started a trend that was happening.”
Johnson says Cedar City has been working on this program since 2003.
He said in that time, Cedar City residents have had a significant impact on the community.
“Cedar City has a very unique history,” Johnson said.
That includes its location.
The town of about 20,000 people was settled in the 1800s by settlers who came from across the U, Mexico, and Canada.
The first major influx of settlers arrived in the late 1800s, and by the 1900s, the town had grown to over 40,000 residents.
The area was settled by about 30,000 families from 1856 to 1910.
“This is where the roots of our community are,” Johnson explains.
Johnson and the Cedar City Council decided in 2008 that they wanted to do something to help the community, so they developed the Cedar Clean Energy Program.
“If we could get the population to buy more of our groceries, they would have the opportunity to get more of their groceries and they would also get a better deal,” Johnson explained.
“And if they bought more, they could get a smaller footprint, which is good for our environment.”
Johnson said that in order to get Cedar City’s sustainability benefits, the city needed to get involved in the local community.
Cedar City had been trying to find a way to get its energy back to its source.
“In 2003, the City of Cedar, Utah decided to build a 100-megawatt solar farm,” Johnson recalls.
“It was a big project.
It had a lot of energy-hungry components,” he adds.
“Then we decided to put that solar on a farm, and we decided that, in order for us to have success in the energy business, we needed to have this community involvement.”
Cedar City is currently using its solar power on the farm to provide electricity to homes, businesses, and schools.
Johnson also said that the city has received a lot more public support for the Cedar Green Energy Initiative than it had initially expected.
“Since 2007, we have been able to generate $3 million worth of solar energy,” Johnson noted.
“A lot of the people that came to us and supported the initiative have gone on to