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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