Last month, Utah Governor, Gary Herbert, urged Utah residents to be active in improving air quality throughout Utah. His proposed solution? Participate in the Clear the Air Challenge. The challenge, which started in 2009, is a month long competition starting July 1st of each year. The goal is to help improve air quality in Utah by encouraging citizens to drive less and drive smarter.
Over the first five summers, more than 20 thousand people participated, and more than 7 million miles were saved by eliminating over 600 thousand vehicle trips. In addition to improving the air quality, the challenge also hopes to reduce traffic congestion and conserve energy.
This year's challenge was another success with over 141 thousand Non-SOV trips logged. SOV trips (single occupancy vehicle trips) are one of the major culprits in producing poor air quality. Just to give you an idea of the benefits of Non-SOV trips, here's a series of statistics that exist as a result of the 141 thousand trips logged:
If the hundreds of tons of reduced CO2 emissions weren't reason enough to participate, how about the hundreds of thousands of dollars saved? Or, how about the health benefits? No matter how you look at the numbers, there are too many benefits that come from avoiding SOV trips. So, what else can you do to help improve the air quality in Utah (or anywhere)?
We've previously discussed air quality issues in Utah, and we want to re-iterate the value of installing an automated lubrication system, or installing an oilmaster in your equipment or heavy machinery.
The environment needs help, and small changes can make a big difference. Whether it's riding your bicycle to work, or automating the greasing process of a transportation vehicle, we can bring quality air back to Utah and throughout the world.