Clean Air Fair seeks community solutions

Posted at 4:43 PM, Mar 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-29 18:43:39-04

SALT LAKE CITY – A community fair in downtown Salt Lake City brought Utahns together to look for ways to improve air quality, and it featured everything from vendors and music to games and speeches.

Revolution United partnered with more than 50 organizations to put on their inaugural Clean Air Fair, a community event aimed at finding solutions to pollution and other problems.

The fair was held on the outdoor plaza at the Salt Lake City Public Library, 210 East 400 South, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

David Brooks, founder of Revolution United, said people can make efforts to clean up the air, even without official intervention.

“We don’t necessarily have to wait for the government to choose what’s necessary for us,” he said. “We can demonstrate solutions, and we can make the solutions happen.”

The fair featured a variety of booths that offered education and training on a variety of topics, including things like gardening. It also featured music, activities, games and speeches.

David West, chief marketing officer for Via Motors, was among those at the fair, and he spoke about a Chevy Silverado with some special modifications. Via Motors specializes in electric vehicles.

“…You can see the solar panels on the bed cover, so you can either plug into your outlet in your garage, any 110 outlet, or dryer outlet for faster charging,” he said. “Or you can charge it in the sun just by driving it or parking it outside, and it has a gas/electric generator on board to take you as far as you need to go.”

The truck features a converter that allows the solar panels to provide power to something else, like equipment on a construction site.

For more information about the event, visit their website.