Clear the Air Challenge

Personal cars and trucks are significant contributors to Salt Lake Valley’s air quality problems. Take action by joining the university’s Clear the Air Challenge team and compete for a dinner with the senior vice president and the chief sustainability officer.  


Sources of winter pollution in Salt Lake, Utah, Weber, and Davis counties. Mobile sources: 48%; Area sources: 39%; Point sources: 13%Join the Challenge

Be part of the University of Utah team in the Clear the Air Challenge this February! The annual challenge, which is managed by the Salt Lake Chamber and TravelWise, encourages alternative methods of getting from Point A to Point B, such as riding transit, biking, walking, and more. By reducing the number of single-occupant vehicles on the road, we can help improve Salt Lake’s air quality, reduce traffic congestion, and save money on fuel costs. Sign up for the U team and start using the TravelWise Tracker today. The online tracker will tell you how much CO2 you prevented by making smarter transportation choices, as well as track your money saved and calories burned. Plus, you’ll be entered to win some cool prizes available only to U team members! Having trouble finding your route? Check out the list of trains and buses that come directly to campus! 

Together, we can clean the air. Challenge dates: Feb. 1-28, 2018. Rules and frequently asked questions.

2018 Prize Sponsors for U Participants

Prizes for university participants will be awarded on a weekly and monthly basis. For weekly prizes, participants must log at least one trip for the week before 11:59 p.m. Saturday. Participants who log at least 15 trips during the Clear the Air Challenge will be eligible for monthly prizes. Participants must be registered for the University of Utah team to be eligible.

The top 5 competitors from the University of Utah team will receive a special dinner with Senior Vice President Ruth Watkins and Chief Sustainability Officer Amy Wildermuth.

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From the Clear the Air Challenge

“Across the state, air pollution is reaching alarmingly unhealthy levels. Prolonged winter inversions can lead to high pollutant levels that create significant health and air quality concerns. Transportation emissions are responsible for nearly 50% of the pollutants that make up our poor air quality. This means that the vehicle emissions we are producing are hazardous to our health and the health of our children.”

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