Mobile Source Outreach
To accomplish the mission of reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from mobile sources,
EPA is working to increase the public's understanding of the relationship between air quality, public
health, vehicles, and the impact of individual choices. Since 1997, EPA's
Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ) has funded more
than 80 community-based public education efforts aimed at increasing public awareness about cleaner
transportation. Past and present outreach efforts in Region 4 include:
- Protecting Public Health with Alternative Fuels - Tennessee, 2003.
- It All Adds Up to Cleaner Air - A unique public education and partnership-building initiative developed collaboratively by several federal agencies to help regional, state and community efforts to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution. Programs in Florida, Georgia, and Kentucky.
- Raising Mobile Source Awareness Through the EV Challenge - North Carolina, 2001
- Car Care for Clean Air Clinics - North Carolina, 2001
- Building Public-Private Partnerships for Commuter Choice, Telecommuting, and AFV Choices - Hillsborough County, Florida, 2001
- Breathe Easy, Pensacola, Florida, 2000. Highlight: The "Wizard of Ozone" skit and video helped students learn about the dangers of ground-level ozone and educated them on how to reduce unhealthy smog. The video received a Florida Golden Image Award of Distinction and a 2000 Bright Ideas Award from the Pensacola chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association.
- North vs South: A Competition for Cleaner Air, North Carolina, South Carolina, 2000. Highlight: The cornerstone of the project was an interactive website where classrooms entered daily behavioral data reflecting student and parent transportation practices.
- I Can See For Miles, Birmingham, Alabama, 1999. Highlight: The project created an attractive and compelling map that documents local biking and pedestrian opportunities.
- Clean Fueled Fleets, Georgia, 1999. Highlight: The Georgia Department of Natural Resources created a "One-Stop Information Resource Program" including a CD-ROM, website, and toll-free hotline to educate fleet operators and the public about the "Clean Fueled Fleets" program.
- Let Kids Lead - Tampa, Florida, 1997. Highlight: Students formed Youth Environmental Associates (YEA) as an after-school activity with the goal of decreasing air pollution from vehicles by encouraging young drivers to develop habits of driving less and more efficiently.
- I.D.L.E. in Dade (Instructing Drivers to Lower Emissions), Miami, Florida, 1997. Highlight: The "Cleaner Cars Student Manual," developed by the National Safety Council's Environmental Health Center, was a key part of the "I.D.L.E. in Dade" curriculum.
- Chattanooga Lifestyle Campaign, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1997. Highlight: The campaign empowered 50 households to form 10 EcoTeams, each in a different neighborhood, yielding significant resource savings through simple lifestyle changes.