Know Your Air

Looking down on Salt Lake Valley air quality from Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Looking down on Salt Lake Valley air quality from Little Cottonwood Canyon on Nov. 9, 2013.

Winter is fast approaching, and with it, the possibility of poor air quality days and the dreaded inversion. Stay informed about the healthiness of our air by checking out the Utah Department of Environmental Quality’s Current Conditions website. You can also be more proactive by signing up for email alerts.

By checking the website or signing up for alerts, you can turn information into action. The Department of Environmental Quality recommends a number of ways to reduce your emissions during the inversion (and really, all year long).

  1. Carpool or take public transit. There are so many benefits to taking public transit. First, you don’t have to worry about causing a traffic accident because of inclement weather. Additionally, you don’t have to hunt for parking on campus, which can be time consuming and make you late to class. And, in case you need another reason, Commuter Services and UTA are giving away two free iPads each month to public transit riders. To be eligible for the drawing, you must be a U student, staff, or faculty member and tap on and off transit at least 10 times during the month.
  2. Walk or ride a bike to campus. Worried about parking your bike outside during the winter? Contact Chad Larsen about getting U Card access to the indoor bike cages at the Business Classroom Building. The cages were funded as part of a Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund project.
  3. Combine errands into one trip to avoid excess emissions.
  4. Replace your vehicles air filter regularly.
  5. Turn off your engine to avoid idling.

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