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North Texans Take Action
for Clean Air June 26

  Annual Clean Air Action Day highlights
nearly 20 easy ways to improve air quality

June 22, 2015 (Arlington, Texas) – For the sixth year, North Texans will join in taking action for clean air and log commitments at www.airnorthtexas.org. Clean Air Action Day, the first Friday of summer every year, celebrates how North Texans can help improve air quality.

Across the region June 26, North Texans will do something extra to reduce ozone-causing pollution. With 20 potential clean air choices, North Texans can choose what fits their schedules, whether commuting to work or starting the weekend early.

This year Air North Texas is debuting a campaign mascot to help spread the word about air quality. Arlo the Airmadillo is native to North Texas and loves outdoor hobbies and local sights. He is also affected by asthma, which means he must take precautions on Ozone Action Days, when air quality in North Texas is predicted to be unhealthy. To help our air, Arlo chooses to bike, walk and take public transit, when possible. Follow his adventures on social media with the hashtag #arlowashere.

Bicycling, walking and riding transit are just three of the ways North Texans will participate in Clean Air Action Day. There are clean air choices for how North Texans:

Get from place to place
Carpooling; riding mass transit; bicycling; walking; calling for a low-emitting taxi or limousine; using vehicle-approved biofuels; choosing a clean vehicle option if purchasing a new vehicle.

Drive when more air-friendly travel options do not meet needs
Combining trips; avoiding idling; maintaining consistent driving speed by avoiding quick accelerations and hard braking.

Tackle chores
Pursuing energy efficient home improvements; switching to energy efficient light bulbs; using an electric, hand or alternative-fuel lawnmower; confirming vehicle emissions and safety inspection is current; ensuring regular vehicle maintenance such as tire pressure checks and oil and filter changes are up to date.

Explore North Texas
Buying local or in more walkable areas where less driving is required; choosing entertainment and dining in areas where less driving is required.

Clean Air Action Day, established by the 32 Air North Texas partners, which include local governments, transportation partners and others, takes place at the height of ozone season to remind and energize North Texans to take action for clean air.

This year the city of Plano hosted several events in advance of Clean Air Action Day, including a film screening and contests. Families in attendance were able to see Arlo. The city of Grand Prairie will also hold its annual Clean Air Action Challenge, encouraging local businesses to celebrate Clean Air Action Day with new clean air initiatives for employees. Additionally, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center is providing an information booth and asking students to “green their routines.”

In addition to these initiatives and logging commitments at www.airnorthtexas.org, residents who use the hashtag #CAAD2015 to upload photos, videos and stories about their clean air actions to social media will have the chance to win a prize. Air North Texas is also encouraging residents to wear green to show their support.

Beyond June 26, Air North Texas partners are challenging individuals, businesses and local governments to commit to focused strategies on Ozone Action Days.

Improving air quality is the responsibility of everyone, from the 6.9 million residents to the businesses employing them and the governments making decisions every day. Air quality impacts every North Texan, and the entire region must work together to continue to improve it.

Meeting the federal air quality standard is important for the health and quality of life of residents. High ozone levels can make it more difficult to breathe deeply, cause shortness of breath and pain when taking a deep breath, or cause coughing and a sore or scratchy throat. Breathing ozone-polluted air also aggravates lung diseases such as asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Children, elderly and people with these conditions are more sensitive to ozone, but even healthy adults can be affected.

The annual Clean Air Action Day is an opportunity for North Texans to do something extra to improve air quality and, in turn, help protect the health of North Texans and preserve the economic vitality of the region.



 

About the North Central Texas Council of Governments:

NCTCOG is a voluntary association of local governments established in 1966 to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit and coordinating for sound regional development. NCTCOG's purpose is to strengthen both the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication and make joint decisions.

NCTCOG serves a 16-county region of North Central Texas, which is centered on the two urban centers of Dallas and Fort Worth. Currently, NCTCOG has 238 member governments including
16 counties, 169 cities, 22 school districts and 31 special districts. For more information on the
NCTCOG Transportation Department, visit  www.nctcog.org/trans.

For more news from the NCTCOG Transportation Department, visit www.nctcog.org/trans/outreach/media.

 

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Amanda Wilson (817) 695-9284 awilson@nctcog.org

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