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Challenge set before Utah residents to have cleaner air this summer

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Posted at 5:06 PM, Jun 30, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-30 22:07:59-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- It’s getting hot and soon it will get hazy in Utah. We see our fair share of yellow air days in the summer and now there’s something you can do to help clear the air.

The Salt Lake Chamber, Utah Department of Transportation and dozens of other organizations are working to get drivers to take the “Clear the Air Challenge” during the month of July.

The goal is to get Utahns to drive less by taking transit, riding a bike or carpooling. And while they’re at it, enjoy a friendly competition against thousands of others as a team, business or individual to score prizes like gift cards, clothes and outdoor products.

This year challengers can sign up with a Facebook account and track miles online. There is even a built-in trip planner to find carpool options, transit routes or biking and walking routes.

“I’m a Utahn -- I live here. My family lives here and the air is important. It’s something that we all share and if we’re all not working to make it better it becomes a problem,” said Jonathan Johnson, Chair of Salt Lake Chamber’s Clean Air Task Force.

You can register by going to cleartheairchallenge.org.