Lt. Gov. at WSU to Discuss Air Quality

OGDEN, Utah – Lt. Gov. Greg Bell and the governor’s senior environmental advisor Alan Matheson will present “Let’s Clear the Air,” as the kick-off event of Weber State University’s year-long dialogue about air quality. The public is invited to the presentation on Oct. 3 at noon in the Shepherd Union Ballroom C.

 Bell and Matheson will discuss the importance of clean air in Utah and the current status of air quality both locally and globally. They also will share methods the state plans to employ to clean Utah’s air, including the new State Implementation Plan and the Utah Clean Air Partnership. They will present forthcoming legislation and the public process used to evaluate and recommend additional strategies.

Last month Bell announced his intention to resign as lieutenant governor, having served since Sept. 1, 2009.  He has been involved in air quality issues throughout his tenure with the state.

As the senior environmental advisor to Gov. Gary Herbert, Alan Matheson, works closely with stakeholders throughout Utah to develop sound natural resource and environmental policy and to implement environmental initiatives.

The discussions are part of the Engaged Learning Series, which supports university-wide exploration and action on far-reaching community issues. Last year’s theme was “Water Works.” This year it’s “On Air”; next year, “Food Matters.”

The themes emerged from focus groups with university representatives who hoped a yearlong focus would promote a lifetime of conscientious choices. 

Air quality not only affects our health and the health of our planet, but also in Northern Utah creates opportunities for recreation and industry. Speakers, panels, art exhibits, movies and volunteer events, for one year, will consider the many ways to improve the air both locally and globally.

The Engaged Learning Series is housed in the Center for Community Engaged Learning. The “Let’s Clear the Air” presentation is co-sponsored with the Walker Institute of Politics & Public Service

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Carol McNamara, Walker Institute director
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Sarah Steimel, engaged learning series coordinator, Center for Community Engaged Learning
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Allison Barlow Hess, director of Public Relations
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