SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Governor Gary Herbert and Utah Clean Air Partnership honored Utah community members working to improve our state’s air quality Thursday.
“We have had great success improving Utah’s air quality, but there is still a lot of work to be done,” said Herbert at the second annual UCAIR Summit.
Herbert also declared February 2, 2017 as “Ted Wilson Day” to honor Salt Lake’s Former Mayor and UCAIR Executive Director for his work to make Utah a better place for future generations. Wilson is retiring later this month.
“The future of Utah’s air quality is in good hands thanks to the remarkable partners UCAIR has had the pleasure of working with,” said Wilson.
UCAIR also recognized three outstanding organizations for their contribution to improving Utah’s air:
Zions Bank: Business of the Year
Zions Bank leads the way not only their individual efforts on clean air, but also by providing leadership in the business community. Highlights of Zions Bank’s efforts to improve Utah’s air include encouraging employees to TravelWise, financing projects that provide better air quality efficiency for power generation and transportation and sponsoring clean air initiatives like the Energy-Air conference and UCAIR’s Bright Sky initiatives, a competition of innovations in air quality technology.
Non-Profit Organization of the Year: Utah Clean Energy
Utah Clean Energy is a leader in approaching air quality solutions in a broad and integrated way. Some of their achievements include supporting the strong movement for renewable energy through solar installations, working with power utilities to expand energy efficiency and sponsoring an incentive programs for those purchasing electric vehicles stimulating almost 200 electric cars now on the road.
Clean Air Person of the Year: Provo Mayor John Curtis
Mayor Curtis is commonly known as a “Green Mayor in a Red City” for his ongoing efforts on clean air and sustainability. He formed an air quality action team with the assistance of City Councilman Hal Miller and Don Jarvis of Provo Sustainability, organized a clean air tool kit available on Provo City’s website, established an air quality task force with the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, promoted anti-idling at local schools and funded an air quality education program for school children.