Highlights & Successes!

CCAC was formed in early 2013 by a small group of concerned citizens seeking to create action towards better air quality within Cache Valley and northern Utah. It began with a small committee to organize the C. Arden Pope Poster Contest for USU students. Almost three years later it has expanded and now consists of a planning committee and over 200 participants/members.  CCAC became an affiliate of the non-profit Breathe Utah in 2016.  

  • Cache Solar Discount Program
    is a solar bulk purchase program for residents of Cache Valley. The purpose of the program is to facilitate a clear and straightforward process for Cache Valley citizens to obtain discounted pricing for residential solar photovoltaic (PV) installations by combining purchases. It can reduce or eliminate residential power bills, provide a clean and renewable energy, and assist with energy independence. In 2015-2016, 75 installations reduced pollution by 342 tonnes, the equivalent of removing 72 vehicles from the road.

  • Cache Valley Bike Challenge
    In 2016, ​members of the CCAC helped organize and promote the National Bike Challenge in Logan. CCAC sponsored large banners along downtown Main Street in Logan. The effort resulted in about 750 residents in Logan City participating, 83,189 miles ridden (and counting), 30,000 lbs CO2 saved, and a national ranking of 13th in the nation.

  • Networking & Educational Events

    • One-day conference events
      In 2014 and 2015, the Cache Clean Air Consortium organized events that brought together local and state government officials (including the Mayor of Logan and Representative Redd), health experts, researchers, non-profit organizations (including UCAIR, Breathe Utah, and Utah Society for Environmental Education), and local business leaders. The goal was to help leaders, experts, and concerned citizens to form collaborations and create positive action towards improving the air quality in the Cache Valley area.

    • Pecha Kucha networking
      In October 2016, CCAC is hosted six speakers on clean air topics from current research to the power of persuasive story-telling. Each guest presented 20 slides at 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total) to concisely summarize one aspect of air quality for an audience of community members.

    • Presentations for local organizations, government & schools
      These include presentations for the Green Futures Learning Series (Logan City), Green Drinks, Kiwanis, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, LDS Fireside, and participation in other events such as Earth Day events, the Cache Summit Conference, elementary school festivals, and USU Open Streets Festival. CCAC sponsored Piper Christian’s presentation on the Paris Climate Summit in April 2016 and Jordy Guth’s presentation on CCAC’s programs in September, 2016. CCAC actively promotes to its membership any local clean air initiatives offered locally, such as Idle Free Month, the Bear River’s Air Quality Challenge, Logan City’s Green Futures series, UCAIR’s Air Aware, Drive Electric Northern Utah, Art in Transit “Share the Air” program, etc. CCAC collaborated with the USU Sustainability Council and the Citizens Climate Lobby to bring Katharine Hayhoe, a renowned climate scientist, to speak in Cache Valley in 2015.

  • Interface with Schools

    • Logan High School Clean Air Poster Contest

      Since 2015, select high schools have participated in a poster contest themed to reduce driving during bad air days. Hundreds of students have participated. The entries were creative and catchy. Winning designs were distributed and posted throughout the city. This was a collaboration between CCAC members, USU professors, the Governor’s Youth Council, and students in Logan High’s environmental science class.

    • Idle Free campaigns at the University & local schools
      Efforts include tabling at events, interactive art and poster projects, distributing idle free stickers, installing temporary and permanent idle free signs, placing idle free banners, parent outreach, social media. Utah State University, Hillcrest School, Logan High, Edith Bowen Lab School, USU Child Development Lab have participated.

    • Hillcrest Elementary School Flag Program
      Members of CCAC helped Hillcrest Elementary School implement the EPA School Flag Program in 2014-2015. Colored flags are posted each day to indicate the local air quality forecast, alerting parents and children to take action to reduce pollution.

    • Breathe Utah Air Aware Program
      Breathe Utah was invited by CCAC to educate elementary children about air quality and discuss ways to help promote cleaner air. Schools included Hillcrest Elementary, Stokes Nature Preschool, Cache Youth Resource Center, Cache High, Bear River Charter School, Edith Bowen Charter School, Sky View high School and Mountain Crest High School. Current efforts include mentoring 10 USU students to provide education for air quality in classrooms this fall. 

    • Utah Green Schools Award Platinum – Hillcrest School
      Members of CCAC helped Hillcrest Elementary achieve the highest level of award through the Utah Society for Environmental Education (USEE) Green Schools Program. This program helps students become leaders by creating positive change to green their school environment.

  • Media outreach 
    CCAC compiles and distributes quarterly newsletters provide comprehensive coverage for all news, events, and projects about air quality in northern Utah. These reach 223 local subscribers, many of whom are local educators, leaders, and officials. The Facebook is the Cache Valley clearinghouse for any current news, events, or happenings around air quality. It also shares the most recent developments in research and policy. The CCAC is the sole administrator of this page and its content.

The Cache Clean Air Consortium facilitates community partnerships that result in actionable strategies to improve air quality in the Cache Valley region of Northern Utah.

​Email:

info@cachecleanairconsortium.org

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