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
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.
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.
TravelWise is a program established by the Utah Department of Transportation to encourage travelers to seek alternatives to driving alone. The TravelWise concept is sometimes referred to as transportation demand management (TDM). TravelWise was established with the idea that people who use TravelWise strategies will reduce traffic congestion, reduce energy consumption and improve air quality.
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.
Citizens for Dixie's Future
Citizens for Dixie’s Future (CDF) is a grassroots coalition of local citizens committed to protecting the natural resources and quality of life in Washington County for the benefit of present and future generations. Our goals include promoting a vision of balanced growth that prioritizes conservation stewardship of land, air and water resources.
Utah Clean Diesel
The Utah Clean School Bus Project began as a highly collaborative project between local government, community organizations, and schools to improve health and air quality.
This coalition worked together to secure funding to purchase and install emission reducing technologies to retrofit school buses statewide. These include monies from the Clean School Bus USA Project, Diesel Emission Reduction Act, the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) fund, Utah Department of Transportation, the Department of Environmental Quality, the Clean Fuel Vehicles Grant and Loan Program, and funds appropriated by House Bill 146 (2008). Funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act were also used to complete portions of the retrofit project.
Approximately 1,200 school buses were retrofitted to reduce the in-cab pollutants that impact children’s health and reduce outdoor pollution as well. These retrofits resulted in reducing 310 tons of particulate matter, 4,694 tons of carbon monoxide, and 854 tons of volatile organic compounds
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.
In 2013, Utah Clean Energy received a Grant from UCAIR to help fund their “Clean Energy = Clean Air” campaign. The goal of this project is to engage Utah businesses in order to increase awareness of the link between energy consumption in buildings and our local air quality, and provide immediate access to the tools and resources to decrease their energy use. This educational campaign was coupled with the development of a clean energy loan program that enabled the commercial and industrial sectors to dramatically reduce their energy consumption and the associated criteria air pollutants generated from their business operations.
In 2015, Utah Clean Energy again received a UCAIR grant and began partnering with The University of Utah to expand their highly successful and award-winning Community Solar program with the introduction of a new electric vehicle (EV) component. Through the “U Community Solar + EV” program, individuals and families along the Wasatch Front will join together to collectively purchase electric vehicles at a reduced price, as well as negotiate community pricing to install clean, solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on their homes. This will result in significant and quantifiable reductions in criteria air pollutants in Utah’s non-attainment areas, as well as drive Utah’s growing electric vehicle market.
Greenbike SLC Bike Share
GREENbike SLC is a non-profit organization & public/private partnership between Salt Lake City, The Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Salt Lake City Downtown Alliance. Greenbike is dedicated to increasing efficient transportation that is great for air quality and our health.
SLC Greenbike received a grant from UCAIR to fund a bike station at the Salt Lake City Hall.
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.
Revolution United is a human centered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization inciting a fundamental change in the way humans engage their communities in all sectors of life. Our mission it to develop open source projects utilizing inclusion, innovation, collective impact, and the desire for holistic well-being. We unify the individuals, non-profits and businesses to make it happen.