8th Annual Clear the Air Challenge – the largest, organized statewide effort to clear Utah’s Air – begins July 1

SALT LAKE CITY (June 30, 2016) – The Salt Lake Chamber, along with its partners, is excited to announce that the 8th Annual Clear the Air Challenge will begin July 1st.

What is the Challenge?

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.

How Do I Join?

Participants can sign up for the Challenge atcleartheairchallenge.organd compete to be this year’s champion. They can also join an existing team of co-workers, neighbors or friends. The winning teams not only get bragging rights, but they will also receive a Challenge Trophy that they can display throughout the year.

Challenge participants can log trips they save in an online tracker found at cleartheairchallenge.org. Particpants compete for prizes by racking up the trips eliminated, the miles saved, and the emissions reduced. With approximately half of all emissions coming from motor vehicles, the Challenge is a fun way to to improve Utah’s air quality.

What People are saying about the Challenge

Of the Challenge, Gov. Gary R. Herbert has said, “Utahns recognize the air quality challenges presented by our unique topography and they are looking for ways they can make a difference. The Clear the Air Challenge has encouraged thousands of Utahns to evaluate their transportation choices. I encourage businesses and individuals to see what a difference they can make.”

“The Clear the Air Challenge does much more than clear the air. It unites our community behind a goal that has a lasting economic impact,” said Lane Beattie, -president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. “Forward-thinking Initiatives, like this one, make Utah the best state to work, play and do business, as well as, demonstrate our capability to overcome difficult problems with solutions that bring us together. ”

“Our goal is to help make Utah a better place to live and play,” said Ted Wilson, director of UCAIR and former mayor of Salt Lake City. “We believe that the Clear the Air Challenge is one of the best and most fun ways in which all Utahns can contribute to a create a healthier and happier environment.”

Effects of the Clear the Air Challenge

In 2015, almost 7,000 people participated in the month-long Challenge. The majority of those individuals joined through teams their employers organized. Collectively, participants saved:

  • 141,575 trips
  • 2,464,102 million miles
  • 646.2 tons of emissions

Over the course of seven years, Utahns have eliminated:

  • 907,260 trips
  • 11,748,098 million miles
  • 4,253 tons of emissions

Cost savings associated with the challenge also benefit the economy. Since 2009 Utahns have saved $5,480,203.

Partners

The Clear the Air Challenge is made possible by a strong partnership that includes the Salt Lake Chamber, TravelWise, UCAIR, UTA, Intermountain Healthcare, Penna Powers and Fidelity Investments.

We Challenge You!

The Salt Lake Chamber and its partners challenge you to do drive down your miles this July for the betterment of our air and our quality of life.

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About the Salt Lake Chamber

The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest business association and Utah’s business leader. A statewide chamber of commerce with members in all 29 Utah counties, the Chamber represents more than 8,000 businesses and 500,000 Utah jobs—nearly half the workforce of our state. With roots that date back to 1887, the Chamber stands as the voice of business, supports its members’ success and champions community prosperity.