Air Quality

Air Quality

 99% of Utahns recently said they'd be willing to do something to reduce air pollution.

We don't know who the other 1% are, but frankly, they scare us. But you cared enough to visit this site, so congrats! Maybe you're not sure if anything you do will make a real difference. That couldn't be further from the truth. Lots of people doing lots of small things make a huge difference. Join Utahns now who've already committed to taking action, and let's clear the air together, visit www.cleartheairutah.org.

For most of the year, Utah’s air quality is among the best in the nation, but for extended periods of time in the summer and winter, regional weather patterns lead to poor air conditions. Poor air quality limits our ability to enjoy Utah’s natural surroundings, and it impacts the health of Utah’s population, especially for those who already struggle with asthma or respiratory diseases.

In the late 1990s, when Envision Utah was founded, some parts of the state failed to meet national air quality standards, with pollution projected to get even worse. Since then, Envision Utah and others have worked hard to address the problem. Today, emissions across all inventoried pollutants have decreased by nearly half, even as Utah’s overall population has grown.

How have we accomplished this? Newer cars have cleaner emissions, and we've reduced the emissions from industrial and mining sources so that they are only a small fraction of our total pollution. Importantly, we've also reduced how much we drive by taking public transportation, walking, bicycling, car-pooling, staying home, and driving shorter distances.

We still have more to do, especially as we add another 2.5 million people by 2050. As we grow, each of us will need to work together and pollute less if we want to have the kind of air that makes any day a great day to be outside. Solutions include:

• Cars and fuel with cleaner emissions
• Reduced wood burning
• More energy efficient homes and businesses
• Reduced industrial emissions
• More use of public transportation, carpooling, bicycling and walking

What Causes Our Air Pollution?

Sources of air pollution can be divided into three categories:

  1. 1. Mobile sources like automobiles and trucks. This is the largest source of pollution.
  2. 2. Area sources like homes and businesses.
  3. 3. Industry sources like power plants and manufacturing. This is the smallest source of pollution.

Want to learn more? Visit the Let's Clear the Air website.

What Can You Do to Reduce Your Emissions?

In a recent survey, 99% of Utahns say they will change their behavior to improve our air quality and keep us healthy. Learn what you can do here

Give Your Input

Have an idea about how to improve our air quality? Let us know. We've created an online forum where you can share your ideas and have an online discussion with us and other members of the public. Click here to access the forum.

 Utahns in Action

Click here for more information on the Clean Air Action Team.
Click here for research and other resources on air quality issues.

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