While Utah’s mountains are a beautiful backdrop along the Wasatch Front, they also create a natural barrier that can adversely affect air quality, especially during the winter months. Improving air quality and the environment in general must be a community effort involving everyone — business, government, communities, and individuals. The Salt Lake Chamber is proud to partner with these groups to implement policies to clean our air, protect our health and make sure we can see the mountains that contribute to the majesty of our state. Smart planning and coordination can address the air quality concerns that accompany population growth.
EMISSIONS BY SOURCE
CLEAR THE AIR CHALLENGE
The Clear the Air Challenge is a month-long competition that gives Utahns the chance to reduce their vehicle emissions by choosing alternative methods of transportation using TravelWise strategies. To participate, please visit cleartheairchallenge.org.
Over the past decade, Utah has significantly reduced emissions and improved our air quality. Despite a steady increase in population, state-wide emissions have decreased — thanks to an effort to reduce the number of cars on the roads, improve refinery standards, lessen reliance on wood burning, and implement red air day initiatives.
MEMBER SURVEY RESULTS ON EFFORTS TO IMPROVE AIR QUALITY
Utah is the second driest state in the nation with a climate that requires careful planning and coordination between industry, government, agriculture, and citizens. As our population continues to grow, we need to increase efforts for greater water efficiency and optimization. Careful and coordinated state plans with input from all types of users are imperative to safeguarding this precious resource.
An important step to optimizing our water is through secondary metering. When secondary water metering is used, outdoor water use is reduced by 30-40%.
Utah’s natural environment is a legacy that has been preserved and passed to succeeding generations. The Salt Lake Chamber has always supported conservation as well as innovation in order to create a diverse energy portfolio that allows us to both care for and utilize the rich energy resources we have.