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."
Voice of Business Chasing and catching up to growth - Davis Clipper - 12.02.13
"Now we are facing even more growth, with expectations that population will double by the year 2040. That means we need to retool the work done by Envision Utah and update it for today’s reality and tomorrow’s potential."
Letter: Planning success in Utah is a model - SLTrib - 11.16.13
"The work of Salt Lake County, Envision Utah, the Wasatch Front Regional Council of Governments, the University of Utah, the Utah Transit Authority, the Utah HUD office and others has created "tools" that will give communities along the Wasatch Front a new way to plan for their future. "
Economic Development Corporation of Utah - 11.12.13
"A future left to chance is not a legacy we wish to leave our children," says Envision Utah President and CEO Robert Grow. "We all love our high quality of life, our beautiful natural surroundings and our strong economy. To protect those things we value, we need to establish a vision together for our Utah and our future."
When it comes to transportation, Utah shows us the way - MinnPost - 10/31/13
"In addition, a government-affiliated planning coalition called Envision Utah has helped guide smart growth and transit-oriented development since the late 1990s. Go Minnesota, a North Star State equivalent organized around the transportation advisory panel's recommendations, came on much later."
What should Utah look like in 2050? - Deseret News - Oct 30, 2013
"Once more, Envision Utah, working with more than hundreds of public and private sector partners, will play a critical role in bringing together the citizens throughout the state to find solutions that will benefit not only today’s residents, but also our children and grandchildren,” said Dan Lofgren, chairman of the Envision Utah board of directors."
State Reveals Tools to Guide Utah's Future - Davis Clipper - Oct. 30, 2013
"Designed to proactively plan how to meet Utah’s future growth challenges, “Your Utah, Your Future,” will offer a new community planning toolbox, equipping communities with state-of-the-art methods and tools to begin planning for those challenges, according to a press release from Envision Utah which facilitated the original Quality Growth Strategy in 1999."
Officials outline vision of Wasatch Front in 30 Years - Salt Lake Tribune - Oct 29, 2013
"Gov. Gary Herbert announced plans to begin a similar statewide initiative to figure out the future for all of Utah — not just the Wasatch Front — which he calls "Your Utah, Your Future."
More information, and a beginning survey, is available online at envisionutah.org."
Utah's Gov. Gary Herbert announces Clean Air Action Team - Desert News
Members' efforts will be organized and coordinated through Envision Utah, which Herbert said has set the standard for its collaborative leadership in defining the issues and engaging public participation in key policy arenas.
Dan Lofgren, chairman of Envision Utah, said the group will work with CAAT over the next year to hammer out a template for effective solutions to a tough issue. "We will facilitate Utah bringing forward a vision around which people can galvanize," he said, noting the organization applauds the work already accomplished through regulatory oversight and the efforts of advocates.
How Utah Turned Its Unpopular Public Transit System Into a Hit - The Atlantic Cities
"Utah's transit unity has been aided by Envision Utah, a government-affiliated planning coalition that emerged in the late 1990s to champion sustainable long-term growth in the region. Today the group continues to champion transit-oriented development along the light rail corridor. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has called "broad buy-in and significant public engagement" a key pillar of Envision Utah's success."
Our View: Addressing Utah’s air quality - Ogden Standard Examiner
"Tasked with a leadership role with the group is Envision Utah, which will bring members together as CAAT reaches recommendations for air quality."