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Air Quality Awareness Week
May 1, 2017 - May 5, 2017
Be Air Aware for 2017 Air Quality Awareness Week. Thankfully air quality in the U.S. has improved significantly since the Clean Air Act was passed in 1970 however, poor air quality still puts 4 out of every 10 Americans at risk.
Here are some actions you can take to be air aware:
- Check your local daily air quality index. (Learn more about the AQI here)
- Walk, bike, take public transit, or car pool
- Use eco-friendly, unscented cleaners in your home
- Be Idle-free! Cars are so efficient now, idling for more than 10 seconds wastes more gas than turning off and restarting.
- Switch to electric power tools (instead of gasoline) such as mowers, leaf blowers, and snow blowers. Or go old school with manual powered mowers. Check out People Powered Machines for more on both.
Teachers: Check out these other posts for ideas on how to improve air quality in and around your school
- Is Your School Air Aware? An indoor air quality primer
- Learn to be Idle-Free. A jumpstart for clean air and health lungs
World Asthma Day also falls during Air Quality Awareness Week and is recognized on May 2nd.
Air Quality Awareness Week was established by the EPA to remind Americans of the importance of air quality in their daily lives.