SALT LAKE CITY — Collaboration is about finding common ground, and there is nothing Utah residents hold in common more than the air we breathe, said Alan Matheson, executive director of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, at an event Thursday at the University of Utah.

On the same day that Gov. Gary Herbert announced his budget recommendations, with $100 million designated for air quality efforts, students, stakeholders and community members gathered at the S.J. Quinney College of Law to discuss how to overcome divisiveness and disparate interests to solve Utah’s air quality problem.

The event, titled “Collaborating on Air Quality: From Pollution to Solution,” was co-hosted by the Environmental Dispute Resolution Program, part of the Wallace Stegner Center at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, and the Langdon Group, a company based in Salt Lake City that facilitates collaboration.

Representatives from multiple state agencies, like the Utah Division of Air Quality and Utah Department of Transportation, as well as advocacy groups, like Breathe Utah and the Sierra Club, gathered to identify barriers to clean air solutions such as lack of political will, insufficient funding, and general misunderstanding of the sources of air pollution. One suggestion was to help more businesses …read more

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