Living in the Salt Lake valley, it’s likely to experience the heavy smog and pollution caused by inversion. A number of factors like industry, heating homes in the winter and geography play into this pollution.
However, the number one contributing factor to Utah’s poor air quality is mobile vehicles, according to Your Utah, Your Future. The non-profit reports that cars and trucks cause 55% of the air pollution present in the valley.
At Westminster College, many students encourage their peers to be aware of their impact on this phenomenon. Many students are driving up to the resorts in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon on a regular basis to ski, making it difficult to reduce their emissions.
However, the combined recent efforts between the ski resorts and regular visitors have increased the incentives to carpool. In this podcast, The Forum sits down with Oz Scott: a habitual skier and student at Westminster, who was recently featured on the Alta Ski Resort Instagram page for carpooling.
In this episode, Forum reporter Riley Levine and Scott discuss topics like the need for students to be more aware of their impact and the responsibility they have to reduce their emissions.
The podcast also visits why students might not like to use public transportation and what could possibly change to increase the utilization of public transit.