AIR QUALITY

Utahns Challenged To Help Clear The Air Beginning Feb. 1

Jan 30, 2019, 12:23 PM | Updated: 12:39 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – February is just days away, and so is the Clear the Air Challenge.

The annual competition starts Feb. 1 and challenges Utahns to reduce their vehicle emissions by choosing alternatives to driving.

Traveling wiser include carpooling, mass transit, making fewer trips, biking and walking.

The month-long challenge isn’t just for individuals; it’s for businesses, too. Participants are given the opportunity to see how they can be a part of the solution by driving down their emissions, tracking it and making new habits for a healthier lifestyle.

Those who signed up saw a benefit when it came to their pocketbooks, as well.

“If someone is biking to work or walking to the bus stop in February, then it’s easier for them to do it in March, April, May and June as the weather gets warmer,” said UCAIR Executive Director Thom Carter. “So if they can start a habit in February, we hope to see that it becomes a lifestyle change.”

According to UCAIR, last year’s challenge saved 90 thousand trips, took 1.5 million miles off the roads, prevented 370 tons of carbon dioxide from entering the air, saved $423,000, and burned 2.1 million calories.

Registration is free and signing up is done at ClearTheAirChallenge.org. One participants have signed up, they can download the Travel Wise Tracker to enter in their locations and where they want to go. The app then helps find the easiest, least expensive and cleanest transportation solutions.

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Utahns Challenged To Help Clear The Air Beginning Feb. 1