This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business.  

One of the great benefits of living along the Wasatch Front is the gorgeous mountain. They catch the winter snows that provide great skiing and other recreational opportunities that many of us enjoy. They also capture the rainfall and winter snows that provide the water we need during the summer months.

Unfortunately, those same wonderful mountains also block polluted air from leaving our valleys during both winter and summer, which is why the Salt Lake Chamber and Utah’s Clean Air Partnership, along with TravelWise, recently kicked off the 13th Annual Clear the Air Challenge. 

For the past few years, the Challenge was held in February to address wintertime inversions. However, this year it was transitioned to July to focus on Utah’s summertime ozone issues which are just as harmful, but not as visible. 

The Challenge is a month-long competition designed to encourage Utahns to reduce vehicle emissions by choosing alternatives to driving alone. By commuting smarter, we can protect our health, improve the environment, help our economy, and enhance Utah’s quality of life. 

Business owners have stepped up their efforts – since 1995, harmful air emissions from large industries are down 47 percent in Utah.  But more must be done, so please check out the website and join the challenge and see what you can do to reduce air pollution in Utah.  

I’m Derek Miller with the Salt Lake Chamber, Speaking on Business.