While KUED often is recognized for what it puts on the air, this summer the station won an award for what it take out of the air. Specifically, nearly 12,000 pounds of carbon emissions.
The special recognition to Salt Lake City’s PBS affiliate was part of the “Clear the Air Challenge” presented by the Utah Division of Air Quality, who sponsored a contest during the month of July to encourage commuters to reduce vehicle emissions by driving less, driving smarter and finding alternative means of transportation. According to the UDAQ, if all drivers living along the Wasatch Front were to park their cars just one day per week, vehicle emissions would be reduced by 6,500 tons per year, which results in cleaner, more breathable air.
When the “Clear the Air Challenge,” was issued by Governor Herbert, Mayor Becker and Mayor Corroon to Utah businesses and organizations, a group of 34 KUED employees jumped on the opportunity in hopes of improving air quality, reducing traffic congestion and conserving energy in Utah. By the end of the month-long competition KUED employees collectively saved 7,074 miles of driving and reduced 11,877 pounds of emissions. The total dollars saved by this effort was $3,976. (Dated: 08/11/2010)