The Salt Lake Chamber, along with its partners, is excited to announce that the 8th Annual Clear the Air Challenge begins July 1st.
What is the Challenge?
The Clear the Air Challenge is a month-long initiative that encourages Utah residents to drive less and drive smarter during the month of July. Participants help improve air quality by avoiding trips alone in their car, using alternative modes of transportation such as carpooling, taking public transit, walking, biking, or trip chaining.
How Do I Join?
Participants can sign up for the Challenge at cleartheairchallenge.org and compete to be this year’s champion. They can also join an existing team of co-workers, neighbors or friends. The winning teams not only get bragging rights, but they will also receive a Challenge Trophy that they can display throughout the year.
Challenge participants can log trips they save in an online tracker found atcleartheairchallenge.org. Particpants compete for prizes by racking up the trips eliminated, the miles saved, and the emissions reduced. With approximately half of all emissions coming from motor vehicles, the Challenge is a fun way to to improve Utah’s air quality.
What People are saying about the Challenge
Of the Challenge, Gov. Gary R. Herbert has said, “Utahns recognize the air quality challenges presented by our unique topography and they are looking for ways they can make a difference. The Clear the Air Challenge has encouraged thousands of Utahns to evaluate their transportation choices. I encourage businesses and individuals to see what a difference they can make.”
“The Clear the Air Challenge does much more than clear the air. It unites our community behind a goal that has a lasting economic impact,” said Lane Beattie, -president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. “Forward-thinking Initiatives, like this one, make Utah the best state to work, play and do business, as well as, demonstrate our capability to overcome difficult problems with solutions that bring us together. ”
“Our goal is to help make Utah a better place to live and play,” said Ted Wilson, director of UCAIR and former mayor of Salt Lake City. “We believe that the Clear the Air Challenge is one of the best and most fun ways in which all Utahns can contribute to a create a healthier and happier environment.”
Effects of the Clear the Air Challenge
In 2015, almost 7,000 people participated in the month-long Challenge. The majority of those individuals joined through teams their employers organized. Collectively, participants saved:
2,464,102 million miles
646.2 tons of emissions
Over the course of seven years, Utahns have eliminated:
11,748,098 million miles
4,253 tons of emissions
Cost savings associated with the challenge also benefit the economy. Since 2009 Utahns have saved $5,480,203.
The Clear the Air Challenge is made possible by a strong partnership that includes the Salt Lake Chamber, TravelWise, UCAIR, UTA, Intermountain Healthcare, Penna Powers and Fidelity Investments.
We Challenge You!
The Salt Lake Chamber and its partners challenge you to do drive down your miles this July for the betterment of our air and our quality of life.