PHOENIX – Maricopa County residents will no longer wonder how to reduce air pollution – they only need to commit to being part of the solution for at least one day a week. The Maricopa County Air Quality Department is making it easier for residents to actively improve the quality of the air they breathe with the launch of the Commit to One Day initiative. Daily tips, will be accessible on www.CleanAirMakeMore.com include:
Cycle Sunday: Ride your bicycle to places you would normally drive your car. Get some fresh air and save some gas.
Alt Mode Monday: Utilize alternate modes of transportation. Consider taking the light rail, bus or vanpool.
Ride Together Tuesday: Carpool to as many locations as possible. Riding together decreases the amount of dust and exhaust in the air.
Walk Somewhere Wednesday: Walk to nearby locations instead of driving. Increase the number of steps on your pedometer and improve your health.
No Drive-Thru Thursday: Avoid the drive-thru and go inside to order your food, coffee or prescriptions. You won’t have to wait in a long drive-thru line and you will reduce exhaust emissions.
Fire-Free Friday: Don’t use your fireplace or chiminea on Friday. Burning wood creates air pollution and can cause health hazards for many, in particular those with respiratory issues.
Sweep It Up Saturday: Sweep your driveway, patio, deck, etc. instead of using a leaf blower. Get some exercise and breathe in fresh air while you burn a few calories.
Oct. 1 marked the beginning of the winter pollution season in Maricopa County, when air pollution levels are on the rise and weather conditions create dry, stagnant conditions. With easily actionable tips for every day of the week, Maricopa County residents can breathe easy, knowing they are doing their part to improve our air quality.
“There is much that residents can do to help improve the air they breathe,” said Air Quality Director Bill Wiley. “Now we’re showing residents just how easy it is to become an active part of the solution, no matter how busy they might be.”
Along with the launch of the Clean Air Make More app, Maricopa County residents now have more resources than ever to learn more about the air they breathe, and what they can do to make it better. Although Commit to One Day tips are encouraged all winter long, the Maricopa County Air Quality Department will continue to issue No Burn Day restrictions when conditions indicate poor air quality. No Burn restrictions will last for a 24-hour period and include a ban on woodburning activity including fireplaces, fire pits or open outdoor burning. The purpose of No Burn Day restrictions is to avoid adding pollution to our air when the forecast suggests air quality will approach or exceed the federal health standard for fine particulates.
To learn more about the Commit to One Day initiative, and download the free Clean Air Make More app, visit www.CleanAirMakeMore.com. Follow Clean Air Make More on Twitter, and “like” the Clean Air Make More page on Facebook. Now, you can access Maricopa County Air Quality information in Spanish at www.CleanAirMakeMore.com/espanol.
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About the Maricopa County Air Quality Department
The Maricopa County Air Quality Department is a regulatory agency whose goal is to ensure federal clean air standards are achieved and maintained for the residents and visitors of Maricopa County. The department is governed by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and follows air quality standards set forth by the federal Clean Air Act. The department offers air quality information and resources on its Clean Air Make More website. Visit www.CleanAirMakeMore.com to learn more.
CONTACT: Lucette Gonzalez – (602) 506-7396 desk / (602) 376-9390 cell
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