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Thursday, January 19 | Running Up For Air

Dialogue leader: Jared Campbell

Mark & Elizabeth England's home at 1194 South 500 East in Salt Lake City.
Late-comers, please use the back door. 

Simple idea: Breathing clean air makes for better health and a better quality of life. Dirty air creates all kinds of health problems especially effecting children, seniors, and those with asthma and allergies. Studies have also shown a correlation with slower brain function, ADHD and Autism. All this without even touching the effects of greenhouse gasses and climate change. 

What can be done? Actually a lot, as demonstrated by Jared Campbell. Jared will share what he has personally done—like building a modest, cost-effective net-positive passive solar home as well as other lifestyle choices, as well as making a very public plea through his annual "Running Up For Air" endurance mountain challenge that he created to raise money in support of the fight for improved air quality for those who live along the Wasatch Front. Jared will lead a discussion in what is being done and what we can do to have cleaner air and better health for all.  

About Jared:
Jared is a modest family man who is warm, intelligent, and generous but also remarkable in ways few know because of that modesty. Jared has shared how to improve air quality through various methods in many venues, including at a prior Think Again. 

Jared is the Chief Engineer of the Advanced RF and Mechanical Design Group at L-3 Communications in Salt Lake City. With over 10 years of experience at L-3, Jared has acted as a design engineer, team-lead, project lead, Systems Engineer, and Chief Technologist. In 2012, Jared was recognized as an L-3 Corporate-level "Engineer of the Year." Prior to working in industry, Jared attended the University of Utah in the engineering program and working as a research assistant in the computational and physical fluid dynamics laboratories. As avid rock climbers and trail runners, Jared and his wife have traveled the country and world in search of beautiful places, wonderful people, and unique culture. In 2011 they completed their goal of building a net-positive home in Sugarhouse, which has exceeded their performance expectations, producing all of the home's heat, hot water, electricity, and energy for their electric vehicles using basic passive solar design principles and a PhotoVoltaic Array. Jared also serves on the Board of Directors for Reach Out and Learn, a Utah-based nonprofit group that works to improve the lifestyle of individuals, families, and communities in need.

Jared is also highlighted in the documentary covering the secretive and notorious Barkley Marathons. Here's how his main adventure buddy, Buzz, describes him:

"Jared is indeed the best athlete many people have never heard of. He’s not on Facebook, but has heli-kayaked in New Zealand, climbed over 50 5.13 routes, biked, climbed, run, and canyoneered all over, and dragged my sorry *ss through the scratchiest bushes you’ve ever seen. Instead of quitting school and asking outdoor companies to sponsor him, he’s the Lead Engineer at a high-profile firm; instead of talking about himself on social media he spends quality time with his family, and rather than thinking it’s cool to live out the back of truck, he designed, built, and lives in a Net-Positive House: it produces more energy than it uses for all its heating, lighting, and even transportation requirements."

Stuff to explore:

The Barkley Marathons Trailer (available on Netflix)