For the eighth consecutive year, North Texans will join in taking action for clean air and log commitments at www.airnorthtexas.org. Clean Air Action Day, the first Friday of summer every year, celebrates ways North Texans can help improve air quality.
Across the region on June 23, North Texans will do something extra to reduce ozone-causing pollution. This year’s theme is “Take Steps Toward Improving Air Quality,” and with 19 potential clean air choices, there are several actions they can take to do their part.
Air North Texas, the region’s clean air campaign, is sponsoring a social media contest to encourage residents to share steps they will take to improve air quality. To participate, simply post with #CAAD2017 to be entered into a prize drawing. Visit www.airnorthtexas.org for details.
The same day Air North Texas will unveil an online widget featuring the campaign mascot, Arlo the Airmadillo. As ozone levels rise and fall, Arlo’s shell will change colors to reflect the Air Quality Index. Download the free widget for your website at www.airnorthtexas.org/links.
When encouraging friends, family, neighbors and coworkers to take steps and participate in Clean Air Action Day, North Texans have several clean air choices:
- Get from place to place
Carpooling; riding mass transit; bicycling; walking; calling for an alternative fuel or hybrid taxi or limousine; using vehicle-approved biofuels; choosing a clean option if purchasing a new vehicle.
- Drive when more air-friendly travel options do not meet needs
Combining trips; reducing idling; maintaining consistent driving speed by avoiding quick accelerations and hard braking; eating at work or walking to a restaurant for lunch; working from home at least one day a week.
- Tackle chores
Pursuing energy-efficient home improvements; switching to energy-efficient light bulbs; using an electric, hand or alternative fuel lawnmower; confirming vehicle safety and emissions inspection is current; performing regular vehicle maintenance checks for tire pressure and oil and air filters.
- Explore North Texas
Buying local; dining at and patronizing walkable areas or places where less driving is required.
Clean Air Action Day, established by the 34 Air North Texas partners, which include local governments, transportation partners and other organizations, takes place at the height of ozone season to remind North Texans to take action for clean air.
Partners around the region have planned clean air contests, social media campaigns and events for their residents and businesses for June 23. For the second year, the City of Dallas will host a lunchtime outreach event and environmental fair downtown at City Hall and Pegasus Plaza, including a mobile clinic from Asthma Chasers.
The City of Grand Prairie will continue its annual traditions of holding a Clean Air Action Challenge for local businesses and a Clean Air Party for city employees. On June 22, Grand Prairie will also highlight Clean Air Action Day at the Texas AirHogs baseball game for the Get Fit GP Guys Night Out.
UNT Health Science Center will host an outreach event to raise awareness about clean air. Attendees can enjoy popsicles from Steel City Pops, watch short films about environmental issues and sign the campus sustainability pledge.
In addition, Clean Air Action Day is the theme for the City of Plano’s latest Live Green in Plano newsletter and social media campaign.
Beyond June 23, Air North Texas partners are challenging individuals, businesses and local governments to commit to focused strategies on Ozone Action Days.
Improving air quality is the responsibility of everyone, from the more than 7 million residents to the businesses employing them and the governments making decisions every day. Air quality impacts every North Texan, and the entire region must work together to continue to improve it.
Meeting the federal air quality standard is important for residents’ health and quality of life. High ozone levels can make it more difficult to breathe deeply, causing shortness of breath, pain when taking a deep breath or coughing with a sore throat. Ozone-polluted air also aggravates lung diseases such as asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Children, elderly and people with these conditions are more sensitive to ozone, but even healthy adults can be affected.
The annual Clean Air Action Day is an opportunity to do something extra to improve air quality and help protect the health of North Texans and preserve the economic vitality of the region.
About the North Central Texas Council of Governments
NCTCOG is a voluntary association of local governments established in 1966 to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit and coordinating for sound regional development. NCTCOG’s purpose is to strengthen both the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication and make joint decisions.
NCTCOG serves a 16-county region of North Central Texas, which is centered on the two urban centers of Dallas and Fort Worth. Currently, NCTCOG has 238 member governments including 16 counties, 170 cities, 24 school districts and 30 special districts. For more information on the
NCTCOG Transportation Department, visit www.nctcog.org/trans.
About Air North Texas
Air North Texas is a regional air quality partnership and general public outreach effort. Air North Texas leverages existing resources and program strengths to offer the public a comprehensive resource for air quality information. Collaborative efforts focus on reducing harmful emissions, protecting public health and welfare, motivating residents to make choices that improve air quality and preserving the economic vitality of the region. Learn more at www.airnorthtexas.org.