Utah DEQ News

Carpool: Save Money – Build Friendships

By Therron Blatter Many years ago, I would ride the Redwood Road bus to and from work. At that time in my life, my decision to take the bus was based on economics and the fact that we only had one vehicle. This arrangement actually worked out quite well. The bus stopped a few blocks …

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Blue Sky Program = Energy Savings

By Rik Ombach For those of you who are not familiar with Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky Program, it is a voluntary option on your electric bill that supports renewable energy development. Specifically, the program supports wind and solar energy programs throughout Utah and the region as well as educational programs on renewable energy. Each …

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Reusable? Be Environmentally Friendly

By Hilary Arens So how does “Every Day is Earth Day” work at my house? Well, with toddler twins, some days just feel like survival until bedtime! But since both my husband and I are environmentalists and both work for DEQ, we have instilled some habits in our home that even on the busiest days …

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Be Water Wise: Plant What’s Native to Utah

By Kate Johnson I grew up in a family that didn’t have money to spare, so my mother was relentless about making us turn off lights, keep the thermostat low, don’t waste water, and so on. The Energy Crisis of the early 1970s led to much media attention about ways to conserve energy, and my …

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Make Your Own Household Cleaner

By Frances Bernards You don’t have to be a mad scientist to either make your own household cleaner or purchase cleaners that are good for you and the environment. It’s very confusing to choose the best cleaners when confronted with labels that say “natural” or “environmentally-friendly” in the grocery store; how can you distinguish between …

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Want a Clean Vehicle?

By Glade Sowards I work in the Mobile Sources section at DEQ—we’re the folks who look at emissions from vehicles. A few weeks back, a couple of us from the Mobile section bumped into DEQ director Amanda Smith as we were coming back from a meeting. She told us she was glad to run into …

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Solar Energy is POWERfully Successful

By John Kennington I’m somewhat a tinkerer and like to keep busy at home with an occasional project. So over my 30-plus years in Utah, I’ve stacked up more than a few “home projects” on this modest little abode. As a child of the 1960’s in California, I developed an earthy consciousness that’s kind-of stuck …

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Fresh Produce Takes Root in Your Garden

By Lisa Mechem Spring is my favorite time of year. Fresh produce begins, trees are budding and daffodils are blooming. My family and I prefer to “eat fresh produce” as much as possible. Bending to weed a garden has gotten to be a bit much, so now I grow tomatoes in pots on the deck …

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Hate Junk Mail? Here’s How to Stop it

By Bethany Hyatt Do you, like me make the daily trek out to your mailbox in dread of  unwanted junk mail waiting for you? As you make that walk to the mail box, are you hoping that there isn’t only junk mail but a personal letter from a friend, or an invitation to the block …

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Getting Rid of Household Hazardous Waste

By Pat Sheehan Household hazardous waste (HHHW) is any waste produced in the home which contains hazardous substances or may pose a threat to the environment, pets and wildlife, or human health (think little children as the most immediate risk). Products containing hazardous substances are often labeled with words such as: toxic, flammable, corrosive, reactive, …

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Recycling, Reducing, Re-purposing

By Candace Cady I have slowly become more and more obsessed with…R’s! R’s you ask? Yes, Recycling, Reducing, Re-purposing and Refusing. It started with potato peels and carrot peels and a little book about composting. Then the county delivered the blue bin. In went the cardboard boxes from the warehouse food stores. In went the …

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Calculate Your Carbon Footprint

By Paul Harding Why am I measuring my carbon footprint? Because my daily activities impact the environment. Understanding these impacts is the first step to reducing them. It’s also a way to see how significant improvements can be the result of seemingly small changes in behavior. Some changes are obvious, like reducing the miles I …

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Bike & Public Transportation a Winning Situation

By Bob Ford Since I work for the Utah Division of Air Quality, I guess I better “walk the walk if I talk the talk” (no pun intended!). Actually, I have a new saying when trying to encourage friends to walk, bike, trip chain, use public transportation, etc. … If Bob can do it, you …

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Utah DEQ: Chat With Us Around the Dinner Table

By Amanda Smith I love Utah. My family settled here many years ago, and I’m glad that they decided to call this place home. I spent much of my childhood enjoying Utah’s beautiful natural environment, from skiing in our mountains to camping in the desert. I want to provide my children with those same exceptional …

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