Upcoming State and Local Air Quality Awareness
Week Activities

To be added to the 2014 Air Quality Awareness Week list of events, please contact Debra Lee at lee.debra@epa.gov.

Maryland

    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.

Wisconsin

    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!

 

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