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'Care to Clean the Air' campaign kicks off in Utah

ABC 4 News
December 15, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - You are being challenged to take action to help cut down on winter inversions.  A new campaign called 'Care to Clear the Air' kicked off Wednesday.

Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker and Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon joined other leaders to talk about the pollution problem.

They point out at least half of our wintertime inversions come from motor vehicles.

That's the challenge they're asking of all of us, to become more travel wise by carpooling or ridesharing, taking public transportation or working from home.

"So to kick things off for me, in terms of my own New Year's resolution, my goal this winter is to not drive on any red alert days," says Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker.

The good news is residents are already taking action.  A recent poll of Salt Lake County residents finds 69 percent of people say they take steps on red air alert days. 

It can make a difference.  During the 'Clear the Air' challenge over the past two summers, Utahns kept more than 4.1 million pounds of emissions out of the air.

To learn more about the new campaign, go to: http://www.CareToClearTheAir.org.

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Community leaders launch Clear the Air Campaign

KSTU FOX 13 News
Tamara Vaifanua
December 15, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY - Community leaders are taking a proactive approach when it comes to clearing the air.

Today, they launched the Clear the Air Campaign. They're calling on residents to do their part by utilizing alternative transit. Winter inversion season is here so they developed what's called a winter-friendly Travel-wise strategy to help clear the air this January.

Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker encouraged residents to register online at CareToClearTheAir.org.

"You can choose a TravelWise option such as carpooling, public transportation or teleworking," says Becker.

Once you register, you can receive real-time Yellow/Red air test alerts, weekly newsletters and tips on how to clear the air.

"Over 50% of our wintertime air pollution comes from motor vehicles, which means we all have a role to play to help keep our air clear all year-round," says Ted, Wilson, Governor Herbert's Environmental Advisor.

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Awards given for Utah's Clear the Air Challenge

Deseret News
Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY — This week's Pioneer Park farmers market was about more than just produce and crafts. It was also about making Utah's air cleaner and safer.

During an awards ceremony Saturday, Gov. Gary Herbert, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, North Ogden Mayor Richard Harris and Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon announced the second annual Clear the Air Challenge winners.

"We have beautiful blue skies and cleaner air because of what's happened here today," Herbert said.

This year's challenge helped reduce vehicle emissions by 2,135,755 pounds, eliminate single-occupancy car trips by 103,710, save 57,814 gallons of gas and save 1,272,040 miles. Nearly 9,000 Utahns participated in the challenge, but only the top conservers were honored with awards and prizes.

Top honors went to individuals, teams and companies.

"The competition was fierce this year," Becker said.

Team awards went to: ARUP Laboratories for reducing 88,107 pounds of emissions, Architectural Nexus for eliminating 4,764 trips, UTA Meadowbrook for having the most participants, the Utah State Tax Commission for the best integration of travel-wise strategies, and KUED Channel 7 was given the 2010 Corporate Role Model Award.

The businesses that were honored for going above and beyond were: Lloyd Architects, New Dawn Technologies and ADP, Inc.

Individuals were awarded for their impressive work toward cleaning up Utah's air. There were five grand prize winners who received various prizes, such as a lunch with Becker, a new bicycle, UTA passes and gift certificates.

Brian Parker saved more pounds of emissions than anyone else. He saved 277 car trips, 14,000 miles and 25,000 pounds of emissions.

Patricia Merlino saved 543 trips, 1,700 miles and 3,000 pounds of emissions. For her work, she received the award for saving the most trips in the competition.

Three awards were given for the most consistent participants.

Josh Crawford won bronze, Tina Finero walked away with silver, and Dina Hannah was awarded gold.

Clear the Air Challenge is a nationally recognized program created to help change the traveling habits of Utah residents.

"It's not over," Corroon said. "Keep on going."

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Thousands of Utahns pledge to improve state's poor air quality

Maile Tua'one
August 7, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY - Nearly 9,000 Utahns took part of Clear the Air challenge to help improve the state's air quality for 30 days. "One of the things I hear so much from our citizens is our air quality, especially in January," sad County Mayor Peter Coroon. "We have the worst air quality in the nation and people leave the state because of it."

Brian Parker was the winner of this year's Clear the Air Challenge. Parker saved a total of 277 car trips in the month of July that translates to 14,000 miles and 25,000 pounds of emissions out of the air. Parker won a brand new bike, a monthly UTA pass and lunch with Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker for his efforts. "It's just a matter of thinking of the things we're doing anyway and just refining our lifestyle just a little bit and starts to make a big difference," Parker said.

Governor Gary Herbert said he hopes Utahns continue with the challenge. "It raises awareness of our environmental issues and the fact that we all breath the same air, we want it clean and so everybody can contribute. We just have to be conscious of it and change some of our habits," Herbert said.

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Herbert awards Utah residents for saving the air

ABC 4 News

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 New) – For six weeks, nine thousand Utahan’s took the “Clear the Air Challenge,” to reduce two million pounds of emission in Utah’s air.

Today, Governor Gary Herbert recognized some of those Utahan’s that went above and beyond, doing things like driving more energy efficient cars and biking to work.

“Those who are being recognized today are the best of the best, those who are really going the extra mile and doing something to make a difference,” said Herbert.

Along with reducing over two million pounds of emission, Utah residents eliminated 103,710 single occupant vehicle trips and averted 1,272,040 miles.

In total, eight Utah companies and five Utah residents were recognized for their efforts.

A few of the awards given out were; most pounds of emission saved, most trips saved and top large company. Brian Park was recognized as the winner for most pounds saved, Patricia Merlino was recognized as most trips saved and ADP, Inc. was recognized as top large company.

To view a full list of winners visit: cleartheairchallenge.org/grandwinners.php

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Utahns save 2.1M pounds of emissions in July by driving less

August 7, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY -- Nearly 9,000 Utahns took on the challenge to clean the air by driving less last month.

During a ceremony at Pioneer Park Saturday, state, city and county leaders announced participants collectively cut out:

  • More than 100,000 vehicle trips
  • More than 1.2 million miles traveled
  • 2.1 million pounds of emissions

But one person did more than the rest. Brian Parker saved 25,000 pounds of emissions on his own by doing some of his southern Utah business online instead of in person.

"We were able to see what they were doing, resolve those issues online and send it back without having to spend 700 miles roundtrip driving down there and back," Parker said.

Parker won a new bike for doing so much to keep the air clear.

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