Clear the Air Challenge winners announced

Fidelity Investments and Dell Technologies-Utah took top honors in the 12th annual Clear the Air Challenge, sponsored by the Salt Lake Chamber, TravelWise and UCAIR. Numerous companies participated in the annual competition to show their commitment to environmental stewardship and improving our public health through cleaner air. 

“Even amid the pandemic we cannot forget the need we have to sustain the best air quality possible through conscientious commuting and using our public transit systems,” said Derek Miller, President and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. “Our air quality impacts young and old through the particulate matter that gets trapped in our valley due to congestion. This issue touches the health, travel, recreation and quality of life for all Utahns. Each year, we welcome this challenge and appreciate our winners. And in 2021, it’s Fidelity Investments and Dell Technologies, who have not only led by example but promote clean air year around. We thank everyone, large and small, who joined this effort to make a difference.”  

The Clear the Air Challenge is a month-long initiative undertaken by business, government and community leaders that encourages Utah residents to drive less and drive smarter during the month of February. Participants help improve air quality by avoiding trips alone in their car and using TravelWise Strategies such as carpooling, public transit, walking, biking or trip chaining.

Long-time Challenge leader, Fidelity Investments, took the top spot once again, making this their 9th year as the No. 1 Team. They were followed by the University of Utah and Rocky Mountain Power among large team leaders. Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the Utah Department of Environmental Quality joined Dell Technologies Utah as leaders in the small teams categories. Individuals from the University of Utah Jami Vaughan, Alison Mortensen-Hayes, and Lillian Rans finished atop individual participants.

“We’ve enjoyed participating in the Clear the Air Challenge for 11 years, because it’s important to our employees and our company to make a real difference in the communities where we live and work,” said Mark Barlow, senior vice president and UT regional leader, Fidelity Investments. “The Clear the Air Challenge represents one more way that Fidelity Investments is committed to a sustainable future and empowering our employees to reduce our global footprint.”

Collectively, this year’s participants eliminated 58,133 trips, saved 1,072,557.8 miles, 410 tons of CO2 and $0.6 million, and burned 0.7 million calories in just 28 days.

Top Large Teams:

  • Fidelity Investments
  • University of Utah
  • Rocky Mountain Power


Top Small Teams:

  • Dell Technologies-Utah
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Department of Environmental Quality


Top Participants:

  • Jami Vaughan, University of Utah
  • Alison Mortensen-Hayes, University of Utah
  • Lillian Rans, University of Utah