Clear the Air Challenge
The Clear the Air Challenge was born of a multi-agency stakeholder collaboration whose intent was to engage individuals in behavior change that reduces air pollution. The Challenge began in the summer of 2009 and will take place in July this year.
The Clear the Air Challenge is a month long competition starting July 1 that gives you the chance to reduce your vehicle emissions by choosing alternatives to driving alone, using TravelWise and UTA Rideshare strategies. By driving less and driving smarter, you will ultimately help improve air quality, reduce traffic congestion and conserve energy in Utah.
Successes of the project include:
- 123,713Total Trips Eliminated
- 1,128,632Miles Not Traveled
- $654,607 Saved
- 1,934,803 Pounds of Emissions Reduced
Clean Air Champions
Air quality is an important economic issue as poor air quality hinders corporate relocation efforts, places additional regulatory burdens on business, increases health care costs and places Utah’s federal highway funding at risk. With more than half the state’s air pollution coming from vehicles, we, as a business community, can make a difference.
Clean Air Champions are leaders of the community, showing dedication to our state’s well being. By joining the Salt Lake Chamber’s Clean Air Champion program, companies will typically benefit from bottom line savings, enhanced employee morale and recognition from business community peers.
Utah Clean Cities
Utah Clean Cities Coalition (UCCC) is one of the nearly 100 Coalitions that are part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Initiative, working to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, develop regional economic opportunities, and improve air quality. As a non-profit organization, UCCC provides tools and resources for voluntary, community based programs to reduce consumption of petroleum-based fuels. Through our stakeholder partnerships, UCCC serves as a resource to promote and create alternative fuels, stations, and vehicles, as well as to promote clean strategies such as Idle Free Utah and the Clear the Air Challenge. UCCC has dual locations in Salt Lake City and St. George which serve the entire state.
The UDOT TravelWise program is committed to providing year-round solutions to Utah’s air quality issues, by encouraging alternatives to driving alone.
TravelWise promotes strategies such as carpooling, using transit or walking and biking to help optimize mobility, improve air quality and reduce energy consumption. Working with businesses and State Agencies, TravelWise encourages the reduction of single occupancy trips among employees and individuals.
TravelWise also works with cities and communities to educate them on the benefits of using trip saving strategies such as carpooling, teleworking, trip chaining, etc and encourages them to implement TravelWise within their communities.
Through year-round education and promotion of TravelWise, Utah is reducing trips and helping improve our quality of life in Utah.
To find out more about the TravelWise Program and learn what you can do, visit travelwise.utah.gov
Utah Foundation’s mission is to produce objective, thorough and well-reasoned research and analysis that promotes the effective use of public resources, a thriving economy, a well-prepared workforce and a high quality of life for Utahns. Utah Foundation seeks to help decision-makers and citizens understand and address complex issues. Utah Foundation also offers constructive guidance to improve governmental policies, programs and structures. Utah Foundation has long provided this guidance with its air quality research, recognizing the importance of the issue to Utahns.
Governor's Office of Energy Development
The Governor’s Office of Energy Development (OED) supports clean air initiatives through its energy efficiency, renewable energy and alternative fuel transportation programs. Energy efficiency and conservation are consistently the least costly and cleanest ways to meet our state’s projected energy needs while improving air quality. OED administers an ongoing revolving loan fund to help finance energy-related retrofits for publicly-owned buildings such as schools, universities, and municipal and county buildings and facilities. In addition, the Office also offers cost-effective, long-term financing for energy efficiency and water conservation upgrades made to commercial buildings through its Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program. Lastly, OED also supports alternative fuels and diversified modes of transportation through a variety of policy efforts.
In 2015, OED partnered with the Utah Clean Air Partnership to carry out the Mighty Five® Electric Vehicle (EV) Fast-Charging Corridor project that promotes improving air quality through electric vehicles and associated infrastructure. The project includes the purchase of one DC Fast-Charging station that will be installed in Lehi, Utah. This charging station will be one of ten stations envisioned in the Mighty Five® Electric Vehicle Fast-Charging Corridor – a corridor of EV charging infrastructure that will enable Utahns and out-of-state visitors to enjoy Utah’s beautiful landscapes and national parks free of EV range anxiety.
Salt Lake Chamber
The Salt Lake Chamber has played a role in preserving Utah’s clean air since the early 20th Century. Poor air quality hinders corporate relocation efforts, places additional regulatory burdens on business, increases health care costs and places Utah’s federal highway funding at risk. The business community can make a difference.
Utah Clean Energy
Utah Clean Energy is a local non-profit, non-partisan public interest organization partnering to build the new clean energy economy. Founded in 2001, Utah Clean Energy has over ten years of experience partnering with local communities to make clean, renewable energy more affordable and accessible for everyone. They are committed to creating a future that ensures healthy, thriving communities for all, empowered and sustained by clean energy.
Weber State University
The overarching mission of the Sustainability Practices and Research Center and the Energy and Sustainability Office at Weber State University is to educate about, implement, and facilitate the adoption of sustainability practices that will improve the health and vitality of our campus and the local and statewide community, through the wise use of resources and reduction of harmful pollutants. Weber State as an institution is particularly committed to reducing our carbon emissions and transitioning to cleaner, renewable energy sources. The electrification of operations is a key component of this effort. The switch to electric based equipment and systems allows for a transition to renewable sources of energy, providing a significant reduction in emissions which contributes toward improving our air quality and ultimately our health.
Greenbike SLC Bike Share
GREENbike is Salt Lake City’s non-profit bike share. The program launched in April 2013 with 10 stations and 55 bikes, and has since more-than tripled in size to 33 stations and over 330 bikes. GREENbike has continued to grow out of a desire to create an active transportation alternative to single-occupant automobile trips and increase transit options.
Each year, GREENbikers take over a hundred thousand rides and burn more than ten million calories. Overall, the program has offset millions of pounds of CO2 and other pollutants from entering our air, and avoided millions of vehicle miles from impacting our local roads.
GREENbike is a public/private partnership between SelectHealth, Salt Lake City, Visit Salt Lake, Wasatch Front Regional Council, the Utah Transit Authority, the Utah Department of Transportation, UCAIR and a myriad of private sponsors.
The program has received grants from UCAIR to help fund the popular stations at Pioneer Park and Library Square.
Visit their website for more information, pass options and available discounts!
Follow them on Instagram @slcbikeshare
Utah State University - Bingham Research Center
The Utah State University – Bingham Research Center, based in Vernal, UT is composed of scientists, technical staff and students dedicated to energy and environmental research in Utah and around the world. We are affiliated with USU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Department of Plants Soils and Climate. Our mission is to conduct scientific research that can be used by industry and government to develop efficient and effective solutions to the Uinta Basin’s air quality problems
Our team performs research that is locally relevant and internationally regarded. We specialize in air quality monitoring and modeling, emission measurement and inventory development, and environmental chemistry.
Provo City understands that air quality is a pressing issue and is trying to be a leader in confronting poor air quality in Utah County. In 2014, UCAIR awarded Provo a grant to help the city develop a “Clean Air Toolkit“. The purpose of this toolkit was to provide Provo residents, businesses and city leaders a centralized resource with information about what they could do help achieve the goal of clean air. As well as, ensure that air quality is taken into consideration as a standardized procedure in all of Provo City’s strategic planning. The Toolkit was released on January 4, 2017. While every city is different, the Provo Clean Air Toolkit can be used and a model and tailored to specific needs by cities all over the country. On February 2, 2017 UCAIR recognized Provo Mayor John Curtis as Clean Air Person of the Year for his many efforts to clean Provo’s air, including the Clean Air Toolkit.
Salt Lake City
UCAIR is proud to partner with Salt Lake City to get the word out about Smart Trips. This project is designed to increase education about public transportation and is focused on increased use of the new S-Line street car. With the implementation of this project, residents of Salt Lake City will be equipped to ride public transit and decrease emissions.
KUED is Utah’s premier public broadcasting station broadcasting quality programs 24 hours a day. Recognizing that air quality is a key issue in Utah, KUED has produced the documentary “The Air We Breath” which is focused on Utah’s air quality problems. This documentary examines the science behind the issue as well as the negative consequences to our health and the environment. The documentary also provides insight into current and future solutions.
University of Utah
The University of Utah’s Program for Air Quality, Health, and Society’s mission is to be a national leader in understanding and addressing the consequences of air pollution for human health and welfare by bringing together investigators from across the university and beyond study Utah’s air quality. They seek to explore all facets of air pollution from its generation to health-effects mechanisms in individuals to societal implications and ways to reduce or mitigate these effects. Their goal is to become a recognized, credible resource for air quality information.
The University of Utah recently received a UCAIR grant to develop an air quality video game to teach about the challenges and solutions of this important issue.
National Energy Foundation
National Energy Foundation (NEF) was founded in 1976, and has 35 years of experience in service to education. NEF is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the development, dissemination, and implementation of supplementary educational materials, programs, products and services. These resources for education relate primarily to energy, water, natural resources, science and math, technology, conservation and the environment. All products and services enrich and enhance teaching and learning to recognize the importance and contribution of natural resources to our economy, to national security, the environment and our quality of life.
NEF is devoted to the implementation of a variety of innovative educational opportunities including teacher training, student programs and adult employee training and programs. The education community, businesses, government agencies and associations have relied upon NEF expertise for over three decades to carry out effective educational partnerships.
NEF recently received a grant from UCAIR to implement state wide student debates on air quality.
Department of Workforce Services
UCAIR is partnering with the Department of Workforce Services to establish the “Small Business Clean Air Assist” grant. This grant is designed to help businesses keep employees and meet air quality standards.
Salt Lake County
UCAIR is proud to be partnering with Salt Lake County and the State Department of Energy to bring more electric vehicle charging stations to the area. Charging stations will be located at the county building as well as the Leonardo downtown.
Incorporated in 1970, the Utah Transit Authority was created to provide a public mass transportation system for Utah communities. The UTA system began operation August 10, 1970 in Salt Lake County with 67 buses. Today, UTA operates a fleet of more than 600 buses and paratransit vehicles, 400 vanpools, 146 light rail vehicles, 63 commuter rail cars and 18 locomotives in a 1,600 square mile service area that stretches over six counties from Payson to Brigham City. The Authority serves the largest segment of population in the State of Utah, approximately 1.8 million and operates in one of the largest geographical service areas of any transit agency in the U.S.
UTA’s mission is to strengthen and connect communities enabling individuals to pursue a fuller life with greater ease and convenience by leading through partnering, planning, and wise investment of physical, economic, and human resources.
USU Center for Civic Engagement & Service-Learning
Utah Conservation Corps
Salt Lake Community College
Nikola Motor Company
Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment
Weber-Morgan Health Department
Wasatch Front Regional Council
Department of Administrative Services
Davis County Health Department
Idle Free Heat
Idle Free Heat was created to be a simple solution to our big idling problem in Utah. We understand that most people want clean air but turning off our vehicles and being cold can be hard. With Idle Free Heat you get the best of both worlds, you can turn off your engine and be idle free while continuing to be warm and comfortable without polluting or wasting fuel. With Idle Free Heat being green never felt so good!
Salt Lake County Health Department
Utah State Health Department
Utah Department of Transportation
U.S. Green Building Council
Utah Valley University
BreatheUTAH is a group of citizens and professionals with experience and expertise in the scientific, medical, legal and communications aspects of air quality in Utah. The organization seeks real solutions to Utah’s air quality issues by addressing the root causes of pollution. BreatheUTAH focuses on educational outreach, multi-stakeholder collaboration and policy change, and encourages individuals to assume responsibility for both the causes of and solutions for air pollution.