UCAIR becomes a non-profit organization

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SALT LAKE CITY – A state organization devoted to finding ways to clean up Utah’s air became a non-profit organization Tuesday rather than a part of Utah’s government.

Gov. Gary Herbert announced that Utah Clean Air will now be a non-profit organization that will bring business, industry, education and government partners together to improve Utah’s air.

Shawni McAllister, executive director of UCAIR, said making the organization a non-profit can make getting grant money easier. She also said it will help them bring multiple resources together.

“We want to provide a platform for all of the different organizations to kind of come to the table and share information, share metrics, share data and ideas,” she said.

Michelle Hoffman is a pediatrician who serves on the board of directors for Breathe Utah, and she said she looks forward to working with UCAIR.

“I envision Breathe Utah being able to partner with UCAIR on an education campaign and together get funding to sustain our organization and our efforts while leveraging the power of the collaboration,” she said.

The selection process for UCAIR’s first grant applications will happen later this summer.