Clearing the Air: Cleaning the state's air will take a helping hand from every breathing Utahn. - City Weekly - 12.31.13
And only a decade has passed since academics like BYU’s Pope discovered that PM 2.5 is not only harmful to respiratory function, but that it imbeds deeply in the lungs and also causes damage to the cardiovascular system, which can lead to heart disease.
“It’s not just some optical illusion,” Pope says of Utah’s pollution. “Our understanding of its impacts on our health has improved. It’s become more prominent in the way we evaluate its impact on our lives. I think that’s important, that when we have our nasty air, it’s just that: It’s nasty air that is unhealthy.”
In our opinion: Utah leaders get serious about cleaning the air - Deseret News - 12.26.13
"We suggest policy makers statewide also focus on methods in use around the world that provide people incentives to use their automobiles less or to make them more efficient. These include congestion pricing, in which all highway drivers pay tolls that change depending on traffic congestion, and the use of technology that rapidly heats up catalytic converters, reducing the time they operate inefficiently when a vehicle is started.
The two biggest contributors to the Wasatch Front air pollution problem are population growth and the unusual topography of mountain valleys. The population will continue to grow, and the mountains aren’t going anywhere. And neither will the occasional plague of nasty air until efforts like these most recently undertaken continue in force and are institutionalized as a matter of ongoing policy."
Clear air advocates holding caroling event at Library Square - Deseret News - 12.26.13
"Dashing through the snow, in a great big SUV, spewing CO2 and laughing greedily."
Those were some of the special Utah- and inversion-themed lyrics sung by a group of carolers Thursday at Library Square . . .
Scientists tackle Utah's particulate pollution puzzle - Salt Lake Tribune - 12.22.13
PM2.5 is a catchall category of pollutants, defined as particles and droplets less than 2.5 microns in diameter. The threat to your health lies with the particles’ size — 1/20th the width of a human hair — so tiny they lodge deep in lung tissue and are linked to many diseases, from cancer to asthma and even autism.
Survey shows Utah residents willing to do their part to improve air quality - Deseret News - 12.20.13
"Envision Utah, which is shepherding Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's efforts through the Clean Air Action Team, reached out to gauge public opinion in an initial effort that will serve as a larger blueprint for action on the air quality front."
Survey Shows Utahns Willing to Pitch In for Clean Air - KUER - 12.19.13
" A new study by Envision Utah says 99-percent of Utahns are willing to do something personally to help improve air quality. Envision CEO Robert Grow says respondents were willing to avoid idling, combine trips and even trade in older cars to make a contribution. Grow says there’s enough civic commitment in Utah to have a real impact."
Survey: Nearly all Utahns willing to do something to improve the air - SL Trib - 12.19.13
"I’m not surprised that Utahns tend to recognize their personal responsibility and are willing to do something," said Robert Grow, president of Envision Utah, which commissioned the survey."
Sugar House streetcar prepares for public launch - Deseret News - 12/5/13
Robert Grow on Utah’s Decision to Build Transit and Shun Sprawl - DCStreetsblog - 12.04.13
"The tools we had 15 years ago were like cooking on open stove, and now we have microwave ovens and convection ovens. We have these fabulous new tools to look forward to the future and model urban areas and metropolitan areas. We had a $5 million HUD grant — the “we” is our region — and we’ve been developing what is probably the best set of tools in America."
Q&A With Robert Grow: How Utah Decided to Embrace “Quality Growth” - DCStreetsblog - 12.02.13
"If you’ve ever wondered how a deep-red state like Utah has managed to build some of the most ambitious transit expansions in the country, the short answer is: Envision Utah."