Utah’s largest, organized statewide effort to clear Utah’s air presents awards to community champions

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (August 22, 2016) – The Salt Lake Chamber, along with its partners UDOT TravelWise, UCAIR, Intermountain Healthcare, UTA, Penna Powers and Fidelity Investments hosted the 8th Annual Clear the Air Challenge Awards Ceremony and Luncheon on Monday, August 22nd at noon.

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.

Since the Challenge started in 2009, participants have saved over 13.5 million miles, eliminated over 998,000 trips, reduced over 4,700 tons of emissions and have saved over $6 million dollars total. Collectively, this year’s participants:

  • Eliminated 91,238 trips
  • Saved 1,907,945 miles
  • Reduced 495.6 tons of emissions
  • Saved $585,869

The following businesses and teams were recognized for their outstanding participation at the awards ceremony and luncheon:

1st Place Large Team: Fidelity Investments
2nd Place Large Team: The University of Utah
3rd Place Large Team: L-3 Communications Systems

1st Place Small Team: Enterprise Rent-A-Car
2nd Place Small Team: 90.9-FM KRCL
3rd Place Small Team: Utah Department of HR Management

“This year’s winners aren’t just Clear the Air Challenge champions. They’re also community champions. They, along with other businesses, showed that if our community works together, we really can make a difference,” said Joe Cannon, CEO of the Fuel Freedom Foundation.

The Challenge would like to recognize contributing partners: Armada Skis, GREENbike, Kuhl, Lagoon Amusement Park, Larry H. Miller Megaplex Theatres, Momentum Indoor Climbing, Natural History Museum of Utah, Salt Lake Bees, Salt Lake City Arts Council, Salt Lake Film Society, Squatters, Scheels, Twilight Concert Series, Red Butte Garden, Utah’s Hogle Zoo, Utah State Parks, and Utah Olympic Legacy.

Additionally, the Challenge recognizes media partners: KSL-News Radio, 90.9-FM KRCL, Catalyst, KUTV-2, X96 KXRK, 100.3-FM, ABC4-Utah, and 103.5-FM The Arrow.

To learn more about the Challenge, go to: http://www.cleartheairchallenge.org

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