Archive | January, 2011

Clear the Air Awards Recognize Residents Making a Positive Impact

31 Jan

Clear the Air Awards Recognize Residents Making a Positive Impact

SALT LAKE CITY – During an awards ceremony marking the end of January’s Care to Clear the Air pilot program, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and other community leaders recognized residents taking steps to reduce their personal motor vehicle emissions and help clear the air.

“Today we come together to recognize the champions in our midst,” said Mayor Becker. “It is important that each of us do our part to help tackle our air quality problems – our winners exemplify this value. We thank these outstanding residents for their commitment and hope their simple stories will inspire others to take action.”

2011 Winter Clear the Air Awards were given in the following categories:

  • 2011 Winter Clear the Air Role Model – O.C. Tanner O.C. Tanner won this distinction for the combined efforts of the company and staff. Through utilizing hybrid and fuel-efficient vehicles and providing discount UTA passes to employees, O.C. Tanner has made it easier for employees to do their part.

    It’s working. From their resident chef who grills up gourmet meals and then pedals home on his bike, to a group of carpooling employees from Layton, to a father who carpools to TRAX with his daughter every day – the employees of O.C. Tanner are making a difference.

  • Outstanding Individual – Paul Dalgleish (Zions Bank)
    Paul Dalgleish sets an impressive – and approachable – example for how one person can take important steps to help clear the air. During the 2011 Clear the Air campaign, he has been using his mountain bike and the Sandy TRAX line to commute to his job at the Zions Bank Operations Center. 

    Dalgleish also participates in a carpool when needed, and rides the bus with his son twice a week to accommodate tennis lessons – “good father-son time,” he says.

  • Outstanding Business – Parsons, Behle & Latimer
    During the 2011 Clear the Air campaign, the team at Parsons, Behle & Latimer took a unique approach to challenge their employees to “Drive Less, Drive Smarter” to help clear the air. Each week in January was dedicated to a different air- and winter-friendly TravelWise strategy – including public transportation, teleworking and facilitating carpools among their staff. 

    Additionally, many Parsons employees serve on various community boards dedicated to making a positive impact on air quality. This outstanding business shows the positive impact of empowering employees to make smarter driving choices.

  • Outstanding Non-profit – Utah Clean Cities Coalition
    Utah Clean Cities Coalition is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the impact of motor vehicle emissions on air quality. This winter, the organization worked to spread awareness and encourage participation in the Care to Clear the Air campaign through its vast network of contacts. Clean Cities continues to champion the importance of individual action to help clear the air.

The Care to Clear the Air initiative launched in early January and continues to encourage residents to utilize air-friendly alternatives to driving alone to help lower vehicle emissions and help clear the air – especially on YELLOW & RED air days.

Through the use of real-time air quality text alerts, “Learn to Ride UTA” community events, instructional videos and sharing the stories of residents doing their part, the program emphasizes the importance of individual action and spreading the word to “Drive Less, Drive Smarter.”

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Utah’s a Winner…For Bad Air!

19 Jan

On Monday, the federal government’s air quality website (AIRNow) forecast that Northern Utah currently boasts the worst air quality in the nation, with all other 49 states trailing far behind.  The website also listed the five worst cities for air quality in the nation, all of which were in Utah – Logan, Ogden, Provo, Salt Lake City, and the Wahkie Indian Reservation near the Utah-Idaho border.

So what can you do to improve Utah’s air quality?

Be sure to use TravelWise strategies especially on RED and YELLOW air days but also on our GREEN (good & moderate) air days.  On top of traveling wisely, don’t forget that you can get rewards for your efforts!  Become a part of our winter Care to Clear the Air campaign to enter in a competition for prizes, and remember you can come to many of our free activities to learn more about public transportation here in Utah.

Please feel free to get new information at our Care to Clear the Air website to learn more about upcoming events and also be sure to sign up for text alerts on air quality to be sure you are in the know.

And don’t forget to check out our Care to Clear the Air video!

Wrap Up and Update on our First Two Events

12 Jan

Well our last event was a complete success!  Many people were able to get their questions about UTA transport answered and we hope many were persuaded to try for the first time.  If you were unable to make it to Valley Fair Mall last Saturday and have some unanswered questions, check out www.rideuta.com.  If you want to check out our brief Fox 13 News clip, go to:  Fox News Video, you can also see video summary of the event at Clear the Air Video.

Since our last event was so successful, we would like our event this coming Saturday to be even better!  Be sure to join us Saturday, January 15th from 12pm to 2pm in our Learn to Ride the Bus event.  It will be held in Sugar House, 1135 Wilmington Ave, Salt Lake City (adjacent to Whole Foods).  To see a map, be sure to check out our events calendar at Map to Next Event.  During this event we will be giving personalized instruction on how to find the right bus and navigate your route, pay far, load bikes, and much more.  Hope to see you on Saturday!

Also, for all those interested about teleworking, check out our even this coming Wednesday from 12pm to 1pm for our Benefits of Teleworking Webinar.  You can be involved right from your desk or office.  For information on how to join the learning even with passwords and sites check out our even calendar at the same calendar site listed above.

Let the Nominations Begin!

10 Jan

As you know, part of our great initiative will be our Gallivan Ice Skating event on Saturday, January 29th with tons of freebies for Care to Clear the Air participants.

But, we’ll also be giving out awards. How can you get your hands on one of these prestigious little gems? Nominate yourself! (or someone you know)

We will accept  nominations for outstanding Business, Individual, and Community/Non-profit organization beginning today until Friday, January 21st at 5 p.m.

Send us a short essay (please, no more than 500 words!) answering the following questions:

  • What are you doing this winter (and year-round) to help clear the air?
  • What do you do specifically on Red/Yellow air days to help clear the air & lessen your impact?
  • Why is clearer air important to you (or your company)?
  • What are you doing to help spread the word and encourage your community to take action?

Submissions must be received via cleartheairutah@gmail.com no later than Friday, January 21st at 5 p.m.

First “Learn to Ride” Event This Weekend!

3 Jan

Most of our winter season we have had relatively moderate air, mostly thanks to our weather.  However, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality has forecast a YELLOW air action day in Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Utah and Cache counties for Wednesday, January 5th.  This is an opportunity for all of us to begin to participate int he Care to Clear the Air campaign and make a difference by choosing to drive with friends, telework, take TRAX or bus rather than drive by our lonesomes to work.

This coming Saturday marks our first big “Lear to Ride” community event.  “Learn to Ride the Bus” will be held this coming Saturday, January 8, from 12 pm to 2 pm at the Valley Fair Mall (3601 S 2700 West, West Valley City).  You will learn how to find the right bus, navigate routes, pay fare, load bikes, and much more!

For any other event information or for a map to Valley Fair Mall, be sure to check out our events calendar at www.caretocleartheair.org/events.php.

Hope to see on Saturday, and don’t forget to register for Care to Clear the Air to receive real-time RED/YELLOW air test alerts!