Clean Air Action Implementation Team

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In late 2013, Governor Gary Herbert announced that he was asking Envision Utah to convene and facilitate the efforts of a Clean Air Action Team. This Action Team included representatives from health care, business, nonprofit organizations, government, academia, transportation, and other key sectors. The independent team worked through 2014 to provide a set of broadly supported recommendations to improve Utah’s air quality. These recommendations were then published with the hopes of implementation by government, businesses, and individuals.

Click here for more information on the Clean Air Action Team's process and recommendations.

The Clean Air Action Team saw many successes, including:

  • Leveraging support to convert many of Utah’s major petroleum refineries to the production of Tier 3 fuels, reducing sulfur emissions from refineries and cutting down on emissions from Utah’s vehicle fleet.
  • Encouraging several of Utah’s leading homebuilders to utilize thicker studs in building practices, increasing insulation and reducing heating and cooling costs for homeowners throughout the year.
  • Promoting the use of more efficient, low NOx water heaters in new and existing homes to reduce pollutants and energy costs.
  • Leading to the Provo Clean Air Toolkit project in 2015 and 2016, where tools were developed for government organizations, businesses, and individuals to understand different ways to reduce their emissions and contribute to cleaner air. Visit ProvoCleanAir.org for more information on these strategies.

Now, Envision Utah is facilitating a group called the Clean Air Action Implementation Team to dive into two of the largest issues that can impact Utah’s air quality:

Better Buildings

and

Cleaner Cars

This group will share the same premise as the original CAAT group:
To be successful, recommendations must have broad support among key stakeholders and the public. The public has the right to choose and, when presented with good information, will make wise choices. The role of this group is not to decide on recommendations and then educate Utahns about what was decided, but instead to frame choices and their consequences (in terms of cost and benefit) so that the public can decide the course forward. Choices and their consequences should be analyzed and presented in an unbiased, principled way.

We are currently beginning to form an inclusive list of stakeholders and a detailed strategy to help the Implementation Team tackle these crucial issues as we plan ahead for cleaner air in Utah's future.

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