Air Quality Awareness Week

Image: Clean Air Partners April 1, 2022

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Helping Our Region Breathe Easy!

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About Clean Air Partners

Clean Air Partners is a public-private partnership educating the greater metropolitan Baltimore-Washington region about the health risks of poor air quality. For more than 20 years, we have empowered individuals and organizations to take simple actions to reduce pollution and protect public health.

Air Quality Awareness Week

Did you know that trees and plants clean the air, mitigate climate change, and save energy? The trees in your yard, vegetables in your garden, native plants and wildflowers, and even plants in your home are all doing their part for air quality, and we want to know what you’re growing!

Challenge: Tell us what’s in your garden this year!

Everyone’s health can be impacted by air quality, especially sensitive groups like children, older adults, and people with heart or lung conditions. For people with conditions like asthma, having clean air is personal – it means less difficulty breathing. Similarly, fighting for cleaner air is personal for many of us, too. Tell us – why is clean air important to you?

Challenge: Share your story of why fighting for cleaner air is important to you?

Did you know that there are 26 air quality monitors throughout the greater Baltimore-Washington region? These monitors measure pollution and inform the Air Quality Index at any given time. Clean Air Partners works with local meteorologists to make sure you have the most up-to-date information about air quality and how to prepare for your day. Why not take some time today to thank your local meteorologist on social media or with a friendly email?

Challenge: Thank your favorite local meteorologist for the work they do!

Eating local is an excellent way to get healthy produce while reducing your impact on toxic air emissions. Locally-sourced food doesn’t travel as far or need to be refrigerated for as long as food that comes from thousands of miles away, meaning far less pollution. And one of the best places to get locally-sourced foods is your neighborhood farmers’ market.

Challenge: Where do you get your local produce?

How we get around has a big impact on the air around us. Our car-culture contributes greatly to polluting the air, but now we have more options. You can walk, bike, carpool, take public transit, or switch to electric vehicles like scooters or cars. We challenge you to go car free or car light this weekend!

Challenge: Tell us your favorite form of cleaner air transportation – walking, bicycle, scooter, metro, train, bus, or electric vehicle?

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Why Air Quality Matters

Although regional air quality is improving, pollution still threatens the health of 7.5 million people in our region and creates harmful effects on the environment and our ecosystems. Poor air quality days impact our friends, neighbors, children, family, coworkers, and our environment.

It’s easier than you may think.

Simple actions may include:

  • Using public transit
  • Teleworking or sharing a ride to work
  • Bundling your errands on Code Orange or Red air quality days
  • Trading in your charcoal grill for gas or electric
  • Using eco-friendly yard care products
  • Maintaining an energy-efficient home,

If we work as a community, changing the little things makes a big difference over the long term.

With every breath, air quality matters.

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6 comments on "Air Quality Awareness Week"

  1. Alemayehu says:

    Thank you for sharing this invaluable information !!

    1. Cat Lee says:

      You’re welcome. Please let us know if you have any questions!

  2. Charlotte Siegel says:

    I do all of the above for clean air. Now it’s easier than it was because I can work from home. I will post photos of my plants: trees, bushes, flowers, ground cover on Next door. We welcome the squirrels and deer and foxes and the birds and bugs (well, I curse the bugs) but welcome the butterflies with a couple of butterfly bushes.

    1. Cat Lee says:

      Thanks for all your work to keep the County clean and green. Please let us know how we can best support you!

  3. Christy Bumanis says:

    This is a wonderful feature – thank you for raising awareness of how we can contribute to a cleaner environment. Clean air is vital to good health. I’m wondering, though, how does Montgomery County government reconcile the Montgomery County Airpark’s use of leaded gasoline for the hundreds of flights per day flown out of it each day with calls for citizens to do their bit for clean air while doing nothing to address the toxic pollution from the Airpark? According to information posted by the MCRA, there are 10,000 people in the communities directly impacted by Airpark flights. The Airpark may be under the jurisdiction of the FAA, but Montgomery County government is supposed to be protecting residents from toxic pollution. I don’t see how that is consistent with clean air initiatives. Thank you.

    1. Cat Lee says:

      Thank you for your comment regarding the use of leaded gasoline in aircraft at the Montgomery County Airpark. DEP is aware of concerns raised about this issue. The Airpark is operated by the Montgomery County Revenue Authority (MCRA). Please see the MCRA website — — for a discussion of the issue of lead in aviation fuels. In addition, the County Executive and County Council contacted the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to request lead monitoring at the Airpark. MDE’s response can be found here: Please let us know if you need anything else!

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