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Alabama, Jefferson County
April 24. The Jefferson County Department of Health (JCDH) will participate in Auntie Litter's 22nd Annual Earth Day Celebration at the Birmingham Zoo by giving out information on air quality to over 4,000 local students and residents.
April 29 – May 2, 2013. JCDH will have a booth set up all week long in the main lobby with a variety of partner organizations and JCDH employees dispensing information and give-aways on a variety of air quality topics (including air quality forecasting, open burning, alternative commuting options, and how to cut back on emissions) and displaying and explaining air pollution monitoring equipment. JCDH will also provide free emissions testing of employee and company vehicles.
April 30 - May 2, 2013. National Tribal Forum on Air Quality (NTF) The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP), the National Tribal Air Association (NTAA), and the Fort McDowell Yavapai Apache Nation are holding the 14th Annual National Tribal Forum on Air Quality.
Fort Lauderdale. May 15, 2013. Air Quality Environmental Event. May is Air Quality Awareness Month. Please visit the event over lunch break and join the Air Quality Program, Transit, Energy & Sustainability Program, and NatureScape for a fun educational event. Displays, environmental handouts and free giveaway items will be available. 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, Port Everglades, Port Auditorium, 1st Floor.
Tampa. The Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County (EPC) is pleased to host the 12th Annual Clean Air Fair in downtown Tampa on May 2, 2013. The event is conveniently located at Poe Plaza on Jackson Street at Franklin Street from 11:30am – 1:30pm.
May 13 - 17, 2013. Muskegon County Bikes to work week! Ride On! is an annual bike to work event for Muskegon County that encourages local businesses and their employees to be active in the community by biking to work and living a healthier lifestyle.
McWillie Elementary in Jackson, MS. will host Asthma and Air Quality Day on May 21, 2013. This event is to recognize National Air Quality Week. Activities will include a pre and post test for the kids, short lectures on asthma and the air quality index, hands-on activities to teach the kids how to access the air quality index and determine the current air quality for their local area.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has declared April 29 – May 3 Air Quality Awareness Week 2013. For more information visit: http://www.nj.gov/dep/aqaweek/
Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD
Events taking place across the region in conjunction with National Air Quality Awareness Week begins Monday, April 29, 2013 include:
Clean Air Partners Inaugural Twitter Party
On Mon., April 29, Clean Air Partners will host its first Twitter Party with air quality experts from across the region who will answer participants’ questions about the impact of air pollution on public health and our environment and what steps should residents take to ensure the air we breathe remains a vital public health protection for generations to come. Using the hashtag: #AirMatters, participants can expect answers to their most common air quality questions. Select participants will receive prize giveaways. Check out the discussion at @CleanAirPartner on Mon., April 29 from 12pm – 1pm.
Clean Air Partners Air Quality Infographics Challenge Winners’ Announcement
Clean Air Partners asked high school teams across the region to develop their most creative and comprehensive infographic – illustrating the impacts poor air quality has on human health and the environment. The Clean Air Partners judge’s panel asked the public to vote through Clean Air Partners’ Facebook page – and the votes are in! Thanks to JBS International, first place with a $1,500 cash prize goes to Richard Wright Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Their winning Infographic is featured on the Clean Air Partners Facebook page with team members. The winning Infographic can be found at www.facebook.com/cleanairpartners.
Clean Air Partners Baltimore Green Drinks
The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) will host Clean Air Partners Green Drinks event on Thurs., April 25 from 6pm – 9pm. The networking event will provide opportunities for environmentally minded individuals to discuss air quality topics with those in their industry. Learning information about air quality and how it relates to public health, as well as learn first-hand some of the forward-thinking tools Clean Air Partners uses to educate the public on how they can improve air quality. Such tools may include Clean Air Partners recently launched Air Quality App. Location: Birroteca, 1520 Clipper Road, Baltimore, MD, 21211.
Clean Air Partners Fifth Annual Poster Contest Winners’ Announcement
As part of Clean Air Partners On the Air education curriculum, Clean Air Partners has announced the winners of the fifth Annual Poster Contest. Using this year’s winning slogan “It’s the air we breathe, keep it clean,” as the 2013 contest theme, Clean Air Partners asked fourth- through eighth-grade students to create posters illustrating ways people can improve the region’s air quality with everyday actions to reduce emissions and air pollution. With more than 400 submissions, Clean Air Partners is excited to announce Category 1 (fourth- through sixth-grade) first place winning sixth-grade student, Kobe Borda of Argyle Magnet Middle School in Montgomery County, MD and Category 2 first place winning eight-grade student, Maiah Khin of Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax County, VA. Poster images and additional winners and honorable mentions are available at: http://www.cleanairpartners.net/mediacenter.cfm. Interviews are available.
Potomac River Run Marathon
Celebrating Air Quality Awareness Week and World Laughter Day, join Clean Air Partners as our members participate in Washington D.C.’s 10th annual Potomac River Run Marathon. The run will take place on Sun., May 5 beginning at 8am on the historical C&O Canal Towpath. With more than 250 runners and supporting friends and family, Clean Air Partners will support the Potomac River Run Marathon’s continued dedication to raising awareness around the importance of air quality by handing out literature and water to attendees! Location: Fletcher’s Cove, 4940 Canal Road NW, Washington, D.C., 20007.
Clean Air Partners Annual Celebration
On Thurs., May 2 from 6pm – 9pm, Clean Air Partners will host their Annual Celebration where program sponsors, partners, regional air quality and public health officials will gather to recognize the winners of our annual poster, slogan, and infographics contests and science fairs. Location: Koshland Science Museum, 525 E Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001.
For media inquiries or additional information, please contact Jennifer Desimone at Clean Air Partners, 202-962-3360.
During Air Quality Awareness Week, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources hosted a “Tree of Pledges” activity in DNR offices for staff. Staff members were able to write a pledge (i.e. bike to work, turn off lights when leaving a room, carpool when possible, etc.) to reduce their air emissions on a leaf and add it to the Tree of pledges. This activity shows that every action, no matter how small, matters. Even seemingly small actions may not seem like they could make a difference to air quality, but over time and in combination with others doing the same actions CAN add up to big change