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The 13th Annual Clear the Air Challenge kicks off July 1

Jun 27, 2022, 11:09 AM | Updated: 11:10 am

After starting the new year with less-than-desirable air quality, Utah may finally be able to take ...

FILE - Smog covers Salt Lake City. (Photo: Ravell Call,/Deseret News.)

(Photo: Ravell Call,/Deseret News.)

SALT LAKE CITY  — The thirteenth annual Clear the Air Challenge is about to begin in Utah. The goal is to find solutions to eliminate Utah’s notoriously bad air.

The challenge is sponsored by the Salt Lake Chamber, the Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR,) and the Utah Department of Transportation’s TravelWise program. It has been taken up by Utah businesses, government offices, and community leaders.

The month-long challenge aims to reduce vehicle emissions by encouraging more Utahns to choose alternatives to driving alone.

According to cleartheairchallenge.org, transportation emissions are responsible for almost 50% of the pollutants that make up Utah’s poor air quality.

How to take the Clear the Air Challenge

  • The Clear the Air Challenge is open to Utah residents only.
  • The Challenge is open to drivers, travelers, and commuters of all ages.
  • Individuals directly related to the creation of the Challenge are not eligible to win but are welcome to participate.
  • The annual Clear the Air Challenge will begin July 1 and end July 31.
  • All participants can register for the Challenge through the website at cleartheairchallenge.org.
  • Only one registration per person.
  • Participants can register as a team. The participant will track trips and miles saved, but team totals will also be available.
  • Companies can register as a team to log trips/miles saved as a company/team total. Teams will be eligible for recognition throughout the Challenge.

The challenge started in 2009 and, since then, cleartheair.org estimates participants have improved Utah’s air quality by eliminating more than 6,000 tons of emissions.

It is also estimated that the challenge eliminated a million trips totaling 19 million miles. 

Learn more at ClearTheAirChallenge.org.

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The 13th Annual Clear the Air Challenge kicks off July 1