Upcoming State and Local Air Quality Awareness
To be added to the 2014 Air Quality Awareness Week list of events, please contact Debra Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clean Air Fair: This is the 13th annual event, which is free to all exhibitors and visitors, and will be held on Thursday, May 1st, in Downtown Tampa, FL from 11:30-1:30pm. The fair will be held in the open-air Poe Plaza. It aims to promote a healthy environment through educating the public on air quality and state of the environment, and also seeks to recognize and promote environmentally-conscious organizations and companies for the great strides they make in the community. The FREE lunchtime event will include a variety of environmental and community exhibitors, along with health information, complimentary refreshments and food items, prize drawings and live music.
Illinois Partners for Clean Air has organized activities to be implemented in the Chicago area by local businesses, as well as at the state headquarters of the IL EPA. Plans include a brownbag lunch with a movie and slideshow presentation, incentives to sign-up for AQ forecasts through EnviroFlash, and plenty of giveaways for other events. http://www.cleantheair.org/air-quality-information/air-quality-awareness-week-april-28-may-2-2014.
For citizens in the Chicago area, IL PFCA has created an air quality quiz to test the entrant’s AQ IQ and have a chance to win MLB tickets. Citizens can play via our Facebook page.
For residents and commuters in Maryland, a large number of programs and events exist to help reduce our impact on the air we breathe. The month of May has been designated Clean Commute Month and a number of promotional events take place leading up to and during the month including Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 16, 2014. Teleworking, carpooling, and walking are also great options to do your share for cleaner air.
Furthermore, the Maryland Green Registry is a free way to promote your business or organization, save money and demonstrate your environmental commitment. Collectively, members have saved over $74 million annually through sustainable practices. Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is a member of the Maryland Green Registry and takes pride in leading by example. For more on MDE’s sustainable practices, take a look at our informational video at http://youtu.be/uAyC-MAMnjk.
NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA has a long history of studying our atmosphere to better understand air quality. NASA is working to improve the use of satellites to monitor air quality for public health and to better understand what’s happening with the air quality at the surface of the Earth, where we breathe. Throughout Air Quality Awareness Week, check NASA Langley’s Science Directorate page for classroom resources and activities and view our daily posts about how NASA is helping to better understand the air we breathe: http://science-edu.larc.nasa.gov/.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will again host a “Tree of Pledges” activity in DNR offices for staff. Staff members 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 visually shows that every action, no matter how small, matters. Even seemingly small actions may not appear to make a difference to air quality, but over time and in combination with others doing the same or similar actions CAN add up to big change!