#ClearTheAirChallenge – Drive Down Your Miles

Make Clean Air Your Business

I’m no doctor, but if you’ve been sick this winter, chances are the inversion has had something to it. It’s something we can’t control right? Wrong. Over 50% of our air pollution comes from motor vehicles. This means we need everyone to do what they can to reduce their personal vehicle emissions. Did you know that most of our emissions happen as soon as we start our cars? Read a recent blog I did to discover if Your Car Really Needs to Idle Before Driving?

Get in control of the air we live in and join the Salt Lake Chamber who is encouraging everyone to take the Clear The Air Challenge February, 1st. The challenge is a month-long competition that gives participants the chance to reduce their vehicle emissions by choosing alternative methods of transportation. The University of Utah is also taking part in the challenge and awarding prizes to students as well.

As of Jan. 18th at 5:00 pm.

KSL posted a recent article offering these helpful tips.

  1. Help improve the air you breathe. Reducing the number of cars on the road leads to improved air quality. As you change individual behavior to reduce your trips, and as you challenge your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to do the same, you can collectively reduce emissions, improve our air quality and the well-being of all Utahns. Small actions add up to make a big difference for our air.
  2. Enhance your corporate culture. A recent survey of Utah employees found that poor air quality is a top concern across the state. More than just a competition, participating in the challenge is the perfect way for your company to show a commitment to a cause your employees care about — improving air quality. Demonstrate good corporate citizenship by taking action to make a difference.
  3. Save money. Did you know, if a person with a longer than average commute (e.g. more than 12 miles) carpooled 250 days a year, the potential savings in a two-person carpool could exceed $1,500? TravelWise strategies like carpooling, trip-chaining, teleworking, and alternative transportation can all reduce the amount of fuel you use, resulting in more money in your pocket.
  4. Help yourself and your community. Solo commuters have a large impact on our population, from traffic congestion and pollution to increased stress levels. Deciding to use an alternative form of transportation not only benefits your physical and mental health but the entire community.
  5. It’s fun! Sometimes a little competition is just what you need to jump-start new habits.While Utah’s air quality is no laughing matter, the challenge is one way to amp up your daily routine and see how many miles and dollars you can save just by making more air-conscious decisions. Get your coworkers involved and see how easy it is to reduce emissions and help Utah’s air.

Click here for more info on the Clean Air Act Overview and “Drive Down Your Miles” by participating in the Clear The Air Challenge.

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