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Why You Should Look Into The Rocky Mountain Power WattSmart Program

When we talk about clearing the air, things like active transportation and reducing idling might be the first things that come to mind. While those are staple ways to help Utah’s air, there are plenty of other ways to make an impact inside your own home. Our partner, Rocky Mountain Power, is making it worth your while to make air-continuous updates to your home with their WattSmart program.

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Challenge Extended: Join The Clear The Air Challenge

Cleaning up Utah’s air has been a journey, and The Clear The Air Challenge has been a pivotal event propelling that journey. The city of Salt Lake and supporting partners knew being proactive about the air quality in our state was essential and were able to secure a grant to launch what we know as The Clear The Air Challenge.

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January 2021 Partners Meeting

Our first partners meeting looked a little different.Our former executive director, Thom Carter, was appointed to the Governor’s Office of Energy Development. To host the

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3 Reasons To Use Gas Heating Instead of Wood-Buring

Utah’s air quality is a common concern for most residents. According to an article published by the SLC Tribune, “A home heated with wood emits as much particulate pollution as 200 homes heated with natural gas and as many volatile organic compounds as 500 homes.” Since 2018, Utah has instated regulations and restrictions on wood-burning based on air quality. While there are great resources to keep an eye on the air quality and when wood-burning restrictions are in place, the best-case scenario is to make the switch from wood-burning to gas heating. So why make the switch?

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Winter Inversion: How It Happens

If you’ve lived in Utah, you’ve likely experienced winter inversion. The bowl our famous mountains create, combined with pollution and cold air, make a recipe for harsh polluted air that sticks around until a welcomed storm passes through. Winter inversions happen every year, but why does it happen and what can we do about it?

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The Impact of Air Quality on Health

Family and Sports Medicine physician, Dr. Liz Joy, MD, MPH, shares air quality health insights on our blog this month. She practices at Intermountain Healthcare where she is the Medical Director Community Health and Nutrition and also currently serves as Co-Chair of the Air Quality and Health Workgroup and UCAIR’s Board of Directors Chair.

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