Like many children, Breathe Utah was born out of a desire to fill a void. By early 2010, the organization’s founders had all been involved, in one way or another, in Utah’s air quality conversation, but they hadn’t found a group of people who wanted to approach this critical problem through collaboration and education. So Breathe Utah was born, and we’ve been working to improve the air we breathe through partnerships, education, and reasonable policy change ever since.

Since 2010, Breathe Utah has:

  • brought its Air Aware program to more than 5000 students. This interactive education program teaches kids in grades K-12 what air pollution is, where it comes from, how it affects our bodies, and what we can do about it;

  • provided 5 homes that had relied on wood or coal for heat with high efficiency natural gas furnaces, thanks to a grant from UCAIR;

  • developed and shepherded the passage of legislation to incorporate air quality education into drivers’ education programs state-wide;

  • collaborated with Salt Lake City on its SmartTrips program, educating residents about transportation choices that can improve air quality; and

  • participated in numerous collaborative clean air efforts, including the Governor’s Clean Air Action Team, the Wasatch Front Regional Council Regional Growth and Transportation Committees, and the Salt Lake City Chamber’s Clean Air Champions.

We’re especially excited right now to be working with the University of Utah’s Entertainment Arts & Engineering (EAE) program and The Gapp Lab on development and distribution of a UCAIR-funded air quality video game, Air Play.

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