Monday, April 30, 2012
Clean Air Partners is a non-profit, public-private partnership that distributes daily air quality forecast alerts and action tips for the metropolitan Washington-Baltimore region, western Maryland and the Eastern Shore. Their alerts use the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Quality Index (AQI), which rates air quality by color codes and levels of air pollution.
The group educates residents about the health risks associated with poor air quality, and encourages individuals and organizations to take simple actions to protect public health, improve air quality and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that can impact the climate. Tips include driving less. Cars are THE major source of air pollution in the Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore region. By leaving one’s car at home one day a week, 55 pounds of air pollution is prevented.
The Clean Air Partners color-coded air quality alerts are:
- Green – good air quality.
- Yellow – moderate air quality. Make fewer vehicle trips and combine errands on each trip.
- Orange – unhealthy air quality for sensitive groups. Postpone errands and try to schedule meetings and trips to the grocery store when air quality is better.
- Red – unhealthy air quality. Don't drive alone. Instead, carpool, take public transit or telecommute to reduce air pollution contributions and greenhouse gas emissions which can lead to climate change.
- Purple -- very unhealthy air quality. Children (especially those with asthma) are at higher risk for illnesses from air pollution. Even the simple act of playing outdoors can become a health hazard.
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