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Community Celebrates the 8th Annual Clear the Air Challenge Awards

Utah’s largest, organized statewide effort to clear Utah’s air presents awards to community champions

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (August 22, 2016) – The Salt Lake Chamber, along with its partners UDOT TravelWiseUCAIRIntermountain HealthcareUTAPenna Powers and Fidelity Investments hosted the 8th Annual Clear the Air Challenge Awards Ceremony and Luncheon on Monday, August 22nd at noon.

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.

Since the Challenge started in 2009, participants have saved over 13.5 million miles, eliminated over 998,000 trips, reduced over 4,700 tons of emissions and have saved over $6 million dollars total. Collectively, this year’s participants:

  • Eliminated 91,238 trips
  • Saved 1,907,945 miles
  • Reduced 495.6 tons of emissions
  • Saved $585,869

The following businesses and teams were recognized for their outstanding participation at the awards ceremony and luncheon:

1st Place Large Team: Fidelity Investments
2nd Place Large Team: The University of Utah
3rd Place Large Team: L-3 Communications Systems

1st Place Small Team: Enterprise Rent-A-Car
2nd Place Small Team: 90.9-FM KRCL
3rd Place Small Team: Utah Department of HR Management

“This year’s winners aren’t just Clear the Air Challenge champions. They’re also community champions. They, along with other businesses, showed that if our community works together, we really can make a difference,” said Joe Cannon, CEO of the Fuel Freedom Foundation.

The Challenge would like to recognize contributing partners: Armada SkisGREENbikeKuhlLagoon Amusement ParkLarry H. Miller Megaplex TheatresMomentum Indoor ClimbingNatural History Museum of UtahSalt Lake BeesSalt Lake City Arts CouncilSalt Lake Film SocietySquattersScheelsTwilight Concert SeriesRed Butte GardenUtah’s Hogle ZooUtah State Parks, and Utah Olympic Legacy.

Additionally, the Challenge recognizes media partners: KSL-News Radio90.9-FM KRCLCatalystKUTV-2X96 KXRK100.3-FMABC4-Utah, and 103.5-FM The Arrow.

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Partners Host 7th Annual Clear the Air Challenge Awards

The Salt Lake Chamber, along with its partners UDOT TravelWise, UCAIR, Intermountain Healthcare, UTA, Penna Powers, Fidelity Investments and Rio Tinto hosted the 7th Annual Clear the Challenge Awards Ceremony and Luncheon on Thursday, August 20th at noon.

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.

“The Clear the Air Challenge is the state’s largest clean air initiative and it just keeps growing. The amount of new participants, who joined primarily through the involvement of their employers, speaks volumes about the willingness of the citizens in our state and our business community to come together to make our community a better place to live,” said Ryan Evans, vice president of business and community relations at the Salt Lake Chamber. “The numbers from this year’s Challenge show how valuable this program is to our community.”

Since the Challenge started in 2009, participants have saved over 11.7 million miles, eliminated over 900,000 trips, reduced over 4,200 tons of emissions and have saved over $5 million dollars total. Collectively, this year’s 7,656 participants:

  • Eliminated 141,557 trips
  • Saved 2,464,140 miles
  • Reduced 646.2 tons of emissions
  • Saved $694,620

The following businesses and teams were recognized for their outstanding participation at the awards ceremony and luncheon:

  • 1st Place Large Team: University of Utah
  • 2nd Place Large Team: Fidelity Investments
  • 3rd Place Large Team: L-3 Communications Systems – West
  • 1st Place Small Team: Enterprise Holdings
  • 2nd Place Small Team: 90.9-FM KRCL
  • 3rd Place Small Team: Salt Lake City Corporation

“This year’s winners aren’t just Clear the Air Challenge champions. They’re also community champions. They, along with other businesses, showed that if our community works together, we really can make a difference,” said Keith McMullin, CEO of Deseret Management Corporation.

The Challenge would like to recognize contributing partners: Salt Lake Comic Con, Greenstar Bikes, Downtown SLC Farmers Market, ProBar, GreenBike SLC, Ogden Made, the Salt Lake Bees, Utah State Parks, the Utah Jazz, Overstock.com, Enterprise CarShare, Kingsbury Hall, Wasatch Brewery, Squatters Craft Beers, Kuru Footwear, Jay Bird, Power Practical, Goal Zero, Fezzari, Kuhl, and Camp Chef.

Additionally, the Challenge recognizes media partners: KSL-News Radio, 90.9-FM KRCL, KUTV-2, X96 KXRK, KSL-TV5, 100.3-FM, ABC4-Utah, and 103.5-FM The Arrow.

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Clear the Air Challenge Aims High for 2014

The 6th Annual Clear the Air Challenge is starting again in Utah this July—with goals to take it further than any year prior and new tools to help make it possible. The Clear the Air Challenge will take place July 1 – 31, 2014.

“We’ve had big successes in the past, but we can and will strengthen our efforts this year,” said Jonathan Johnson, Chairman of the Board of Overstock.com. “During the month-long Clear the Air, we encourage Utahns to drive less and drive smarter to reduce vehicle emissions and collectively improve Utah’s air quality. Each trip saved makes a difference to the quality of our air.”

The Clear the Air Challenge goals for this year aim to:

  • Eliminate 250,000 vehicle trips (up from the 176,000 trips eliminated last year)
  • Save 2 million vehicle miles driven (up from the 1.9 million miles saved last year)
  • Engage 10,000 participants (up from the 8,400 participants last year)

Over the past five years, Clear the Air Challenge participants have saved more than 7.1 million vehicle miles traveled, saving more than nine million pounds of emissions and eliminating more than 600,000 car trips. We encourage people and businesses throughout Utah to take the Challenge this summer to increase those numbers even further, to make an even bigger difference in Utah’s overall air quality.

Thanks to a partnership with UDOT TravelWise and a grant from UCAIR, the Challenge invested in new tracking technology this year that makes logging your trips saved faster and easier—from your mobile device or computer. There is a built-in trip planner as part of the new tracker. Anyone can enter in a starting and ending location and receive carpool options, transit routes, or biking and walking routes. The new tracker gives the amount of emissions you’ll save and the time it will take to make your trip. The new tracker also integrates with social media and participants can, for example, share a trip saved on Facebook. Through this new tool, the Challenge hopes more people who don’t typically use transit or carpool programs see other options to get to their destinations. The new tracker can be found at ClearTheAirChallenge.org.

To encourage people to use transit, Utah Transit Authority is giving away 4,500 RideClear passes during the month randomly via Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/RideUTA. Additionally, the Challenge has also established a partnership with Enterprise CarShare whereby they will provide Challenge participants usage of their cars in July.

By participating in the Challenge and tracking your miles saved, participants are eligible for great prizes from Clear the Air Challenge sponsors, from bikes, skis, clothing, gift cards and much more.

“The Clear the Air Challenge is the perfect opportunity for people in SLC, Ogden, Logan, Provo, Moab, St. George—everywhere,” said Amanda Smith, Executive Director, Utah Department of Environmental Quality. “We all need to think about how we travel and how it impacts the air we breathe.”

The Clear the Air Challenge is an excellent time to try new ways of transportation – from your daily commute to family errands. Our communities are changing quickly making alternative transportation easier and faster. These small personal actions add up to cleaner air for everyone.

You can sign up for the Clear the Air Challenge, join a team and start tracking your miles saved at www.cleartheairchallenge.org.

A big thank you goes to the sponsors of the Clear the Air Challenge for making it possible this year: Salt Lake Chamber, TravelWise, UCAIR, Fidelity Investments, Penna Power Brian Hayes, RioTinto, Overstock.com, UTA, Zions Bank and Enterprise CarShare.