ST. GEORGE — Gov. Gary R. Herbert urges Utahns statewide to reduce vehicle emissions and improve Utah’s air quality in July by participating in the 2015 “Clear the Air Challenge.”
This year’s challenge is geared mostly toward the Wasatch Front and the inversion in the Salt Lake Valley, with no current challenges planned specifically for Southern Utah, Southwest Utah Public Health Department spokesman David Heaton said.
“We’re lucky not to have inversion,” Heaton said. “… We’re in a unique situation where most of our air pollution is imported, blown in from forest fires in Arizona.”
Still, clean air should be a goal all throughout Utah.
“Utahns recognize the air quality challenges presented by our unique topography, and they are looking for ways they can make a difference,” Herbert said. “The Clear the Air Challenge has caused thousands of Utahns to evaluate their transportation choices, and I encourage businesses and individuals to see what a difference they can make.”
Utahns can take the challenge by driving less and driving smart — choosing alternative methods of transportation —using TravelWise strategies, such as cycling, carpooling, public transit or trip changing, and tracking the results. Participants are eligible for weekly and grand prize drawings by meeting straightforward, achievable travel goals. To sign up, visit the travel tracker website for “Clear the Air Challenge.”
In 2014, more than 8,500 participating Utahns eliminated nearly 1.9 million miles traveled and 169,035 single occupant vehicle trips, making it the most successful Clear the Air Challenge to date.
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