Nothing is more important than the air we breathe.
Due to geography and weather patterns, Salt Lake City experiences some of the worst air quality in the nation. Dreaded inversions are especially worse in winter months, when weather movements trap cold air and pollutants in the valley. This allows air quality to become unhealthy, filled with particles of vehicle emissions and pollution that we collectively emit.
We know that a significant source of pollution comes from our cars (roughly 50%), as well as our homes and buildings (roughly 35%). That means each of us can make a difference to our air quality.
One simple and fun way to improve our air quality is to be a #CleanAirChampion by participating in the Clear the Air Challenge.
The Clear the Air Challenge is Utah’s largest, organized statewide effort to reduce vehicle emissions. The month-long competition, which runs February 1st – 28th, gives you the chance to reduce your vehicle emissions by choosing alternative methods of transportation. By driving less and driving smarter, you can help improve air quality, reduce traffic congestion and conserve energy in Utah.
Simple ways to participate include:
- Ride the bus or train
- Bike or walk to work
- Link your errands together when you are driving (aka “trip chain”)
- Skip the trip by working from home or saving that errand for later
You can create a team at your workplace to inspire friendly competition or sign up as an individual and join a pre-existing team. This year, Salt Lake City government has an internal challenge between City departments, which includes the Mayor’s Office, City Council, Economic Development, SLCgreen and more.
For more information on how to register, create/join a team, and be part of the solution for clean air, visit: www.cleartheair.org
Salt Lake City is committed to reducing emissions, improving air quality, and helping our community breathe easier. Recent air quality accomplishments include:
- Publishing Climate Positive 2040, the guiding plan to reduce carbon emissions 80% by 2040 and have 100% renewable energy for community electricity by 2032
- Passed an Energy Benchmarking ordinance to reduce air pollution from large buildings
- Installed solar installations for clean energy on seven government facilities
- Unveiled 28 public EV charging stations
For more information on how Salt Lake City is clearing our air and building a sustainable future, visit: www.slcgreen.com