No Red Air Days
The Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors voting unanimously on Dec. 12th to support a business-driven goal of zero red air days.
The best and worst cities in the United States are ranked under three categories: short-term particle pollution, year-round particle pollution and ozone pollution. American Lung Association publishes a state of the air report. With our particular geography on high pressure days the pollution gets trapped for long periods of time, as a result Salt Lake City is consistently in the top ten list for worst air.
Residing on the Wasatch Front we are all very familar with the nasty smog outside and the need for a greater collective effort to improve our environmental health. Salt Lake City has an idle free city ordinance. The ordinance prohibits idling for over 2 min.
As a school we keep a close eye on the current conditions posted by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality
and use their Recess Guidance For Schools in determining an in-day.
Some of you may be familar with the purple air sensors around the state. You can find a map here. The $200.00 purple sensors are good but not nearly as accurate as the $35,000.00 sensors the DAC uses.
-Idling for more than 10 seconds uses more fuel and emits more pollution than restarting your vehicle
-Vehicle idling creates 1.6% of all greenhouse gases in the U.S. That's almost double the total emissions for the iron and steel manufacturing industry.
-Idling creates a concentrated area of emissions knoown as a hot spot. While sitting in an idling vehicle, drivers and passengers are exposed to higher levels of pollution than when in motion. Children's health is significantly at risk in hot spots.
***North Ogden Elementary is joining the effort in becoming more environmently conscious. We encourage all parents to turn the key and be idle free in our pick-up zones.