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"TAKE FIVE FOR CLEAN AIR" CAMPAIGN AIMS TO IMPROVE AIR QUALITY
MAY 19, 2014

MORPC is announcing a new way for local governments, businesses, organizations and individuals to protect public health and reduce air pollution: the new Take Five for Clean Air campaign challenges individuals and organizations to choose five voluntary actions they can take to improve air quality in the region.

The online checklist includes actions that help improve air quality over time, as well as specific actions to take in the event of an Air Quality Alert. MORPC issues Air Quality Alerts when air pollution levels are expected to be Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups, including active children, older adults, and those with breathing and heart problems. Your actions can add up collectively to protect public health and reduce emissions that lead to poor air quality.

Examples of actions organizations and/or individuals can take include:

  • Signing up for Air Quality Alerts and informing employees when they occur
  • Implementing a No-Idling vehicle policy
  • Using alternative transportation with help from RideSolutions 
  • Providing reduced cost bus passes for employees
  • Inflating vehicle tires to the proper pressure

MORPC is leading by example by providing reduced cost bus passes, incentives to minimize driving, a vehicle No-Idling policy, CNG company car, bike storage room and shower, and Air Quality Alert notifications for staff. Pledge to Take Five for Clean Air at airquality.morpc.org.