Thanks to more than 8,500 Utahns coming together to make a difference in the state’s air quality, the Clear the Air Challenge for 2013 was the most successful challenge to date!
During the month-long Challenge in July, 1.9 million miles and nearly 170,000 vehicle trips were eliminated, resulting in the removal of 1.6 million pounds of emissions from our air. In doing this, more than $1.1 million dollars were saved in vehicle costs. Those numbers trump all other years’ participation by a landslide–and we have all of you to thank.
“We call this the Clear the Air Challenge, but it really has been the Clear the Air Opportunity,” said Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams. “We have over one million residents in Salt Lake County and if every County worker avoided using their car just one day a week 700 tons of emissions would be eliminated from our air each year. What you do, one day a week or every day, makes a difference.”
The total number of participants, 8,643, represents an increase of more than 2,000 from the previous year. Last year, the Challenge included 6,591 participants who eliminated over 134,000 single-occupant vehicle trips, averting nearly 1.6 million miles driven.
“We are pleased to see such a jump in miles and trips eliminated,” said Jonathan Johnson, chair of the Salt Lake Chamber Clean Air Task Force and executive vice chairman of Overstock.com. “Utahns recognize the importance of clean air to our health and to our economy. The jump in participation shows that more and more people are willing to do their part.”
Outstanding businesses and teams were recognized for their efforts during an awards ceremony held at the Downtown Farmers Market. You can watch the video below or click here.
Most Trips Saved: O.C. Tanner with 26,258 trips
1st Place Company: Overstock.com with 1,300 participating employees saving 25,000 trips and eliminating 220,000 miles.
2nd Place Company: Fidelity Investments with more than 500 participating employees saving 8,500 trips and eliminating 227,000 miles.
3rd Place Company: ADP with almost 20,000 trips saved and 187,000 miles eliminated.
1st Place Team: University of Utah Facilities Management Team who saved 7,500 trips and 63,000 miles.
2nd Place Team: Goldman Sachs who saved 5,300 trips and almost 55,000 miles.
3rd Place Team: MHTN Architects who saved 4,900 trips and more than 41,000 miles.
Most Miles Saved: Nichole Warren of the U of U Moran Eye Center saved 8,550 miles.
Most Trips Saved: Robert Kent from the U of U Psychology Department saved 582 trips.
Most Consistent (Gold level): Soren Simonsen from the Salt Lake City Council saved 562.
Most Consistent (Silver level): Dennette Nobles from MHTN Architects saved 272 trips.
Most Consistent (Bronze level): Jason Graf from the U of U Facilities Management Team saved 196 trips.
Deseret News: Clean air challenge saves nearly 170,000 trips, sets new records
We thank everyone who participated in July and to our winners who put in so much effort into this cause!
As we celebrate the success of the fifth year of the Challenge, we’d also like to take a moment to see the combined efforts over the past few years. Overall, the Challenge has engaged approximately 20,000 participants, saved over 7.1 million miles and eliminated more than 600,000 vehicle trips.
While this was the fifth year of the Clear the Air Challenge, it was the first that the Chamber was responsible for its operations and we were very glad to have the opportunity to continue on this beneficial program.
So a big thank you goes out to everyone who participated and sponsored the Clear the Air Challenge. Congratulations on making such an incredible contribution to improving Utah’s air quality. But don’t forget that you can implement clean air driving habits all year long! Air quality is an on-going issue that needs to continue to be addressed, and all of us can play our part by driving less.
Businesses interested in doing more, can visit CleanAirChampion.com for more ways to benefit air quality and their bottom line. And Utahns from all walks of life are encouraged to become part of the Utah Clean Air Partnership – also known as UCAIR. Visit ucair.utah.gov to see what you can do in your daily activities to improve air quality.