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Help everyone in Fort Worth breathe easier.

Every day cars, trucks, motorcycles and other vehicles emit harmful vapors into the air we breathe. In fact, they belch 184 tons of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nitrogen) oxides (NOx) that create "bad" ozone. It's enough to make a person choke. And it does-especially during Ozone Season! But YOU can do something about it. A simple change in your commuting habits is all it takes. Here are ways you can help kick brown smog to the curb.

 

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Ride public transportation (instead of driving) and save money.

Riding public transit is the quickest way to beat high gas prices. The latest APTA Transit Savings Report shows that a two car household that downsizes to one car can save – on the average – more than $9,000 a year. 
The average household spends 18 cents of every dollar on transportation, and 94% of this goes to buying, maintaining, and operating cars, the largest expenditure after housing.

Join a Carpool or Vanpool

Transform our air. Join a carpool or vanpool.

Reduce traffic and greenhouse emissions while you make new friends. Many companies offer ridematch services, but if yours doesn't, The T and the North Texas Clean Air Coalition (NTCAC) provide free matching services.

Ride The T

Give our air a lift. Ride The T.

Nearly 100% of The T's fleet runs on clean-burning natural gas. So every time you ride The T, you help reduce harmful emissions during Ozone Season.
Ride the TRE

Get on the fast track to cleaner air. Ride the TRE.

Mass transit is one of the easiest ways to remove cars and trucks from the road. And riding is a lot more relaxing than being stuck in commuter traffic. Ride the TRE just once a week to nurture a greener planet. Visit the TRE web site.
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Delete bad air. Telecommute.

Working from home works wonders for clean air. Every time you log in to work instead of logging miles, you reduce your carbon footprint. And there's another benefit -studies show that telecommuters are 10 to 20 percent more productive than office workers. If you can't telecommute, an alternative work schedule can also reduce traffic congestion and emissions during peak times. Register on tryparkingit.com, and log your commute alternative each day. One less commute, one less car, one breath of clean air.
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Working for Cleanair

 

“Dump the Pump for Cleaner Air” is a summer-long promotion of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), The T and the North Texas Clean Air Coalition. Each year in North Texas, the average single-occupant vehicle puts 5,600 pounds of pollution into the air we breathe. By dumping the pump, you are eliminating 28 pounds of pollution and helping to clean the air. Do your share by entering the cleaner air photo contest. 
 

2012 Dump the Pump Day is scheduled for June 21.  Check back for more details.

Air North Texas

A regional clean air partnership and campaign to: 
1. Provide a comprehensive air quality resource.
2. Promote a consistent, regional air quality message.
3. Leverage existing resources and program strengths in a collaborative effort.
4. Increase public awareness of specific opportunities for residents to reduce emissions.
5. Motivate residents to make clean air choices.
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Regional Partners Launch Ozone Season Campaign: Be Air Aware
Individuals, businesses, local governments encouraged to adopt
focused strategies for air pollution watches, warnings

May 4, 2012 (Arlington, Texas) – As national Air Quality Awareness Week comes to a close, a North Texas effort to protect health, incite action and improve air quality is launching.

To energize efforts to improve air quality, Air North Texas partners are challenging North Texans, businesses and local governments to Be Air Aware and commit to focused strategies on air pollution watch and warning days.

From big to small efforts, the common goal is awareness which leads to action – awareness of the current air quality to protect health and awareness of strategies which reduce ozone-causing pollution. At www.airnorthtexas.org individuals, business and local governments can learn about and commit to implementing focused strategies to reduce ozone-causing pollution on days with air pollution watches. The website also includes information about the air quality index and limiting outdoor activity to protect health when an air pollution warning is issued.

Strategies for individuals
Carpooling, riding mass transit, bicycling, walking, working from home when possible, using technology such as teleconferencing or video conferencing to minimize travel to meetings, packing a lunch instead of going out, conserving water to conserve electricity, postponing mowing to a day without an air pollution watch or warning and more.

Strategies for businesses
Allowing employees to work from home, limiting testing of emergency generators, conserving electricity, communicating air pollution watches and warnings and clean air choices to employees, coordinating on-site employee lunches, offering incentives to encourage employees to carpool or ride transit, reducing travel during rush hour, driving the most fuel-efficient vehicle when a trip is necessary, avoiding idling of on-road vehicles and non-road equipment (including construction equipment) and more.

Strategies for local governments
Minimizing roadway maintenance and limiting lane closures, instituting freeway incident management practices, enforcing idling restrictions, enforcing emissions inspection compliance, using natural lighting to conserve electricity, communicating air pollution watch and warnings and clean air choices to employees and the public, encouraging water conservation to save electricity, avoiding idling of on-road vehicles and non-road equipment (including construction equipment) and more.

After several years of steady improvement, last summer North Texas faced one of the toughest ozone seasons in recent years. Improving air quality is the responsibility of everyone, from the 6.5 million residents to the businesses employing them and the governments making decisions every day. Air quality impacts every North Texan, and it will take the entire region working together to continue to improve it.

With new transit and bicycle/pedestrian projects complete; sustainable, mixed-use developments open; a regional ride-matching option online at www.tryparkingit.com; and more alternative-fuel vehicles on the market; it’s easier than ever to do something for clean air.

Twenty partners, including local governments, transportation partners and others, are involved with Air North Texas, a regional clean air public awareness initiative.

The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced Wise County would be added to the nine counties of Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall and Tarrant which are classified as nonattainment for eight-hour ozone levels.
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 region is making progress in improving air quality, but much more work must be done to reduce ozone levels, protect the health of North Texans and preserve the economic vitality of the region. Improving North Texas’ air quality requires action from the public and private sectors and residents.

Therefore, as the region approaches the height of ozone season, it is important to Be Air Aware.

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 240 member governments including 16 counties, 170 cities, 24 school districts and 30 special districts.

About Air North Texas:
Air North Texas is a regional air quality partnership and general public outreach effort. Air North Texas leverages existing resources and program strengths to offer the public a comprehensive resource for air quality information. Collaborative efforts focus on reducing harmful emissions, protecting public health and welfare, motivating residents to make choices that improve air quality and preserving the economic vitality in the region.

Contact: Amanda Wilson
(817) 695-9284

awilson@nctcog.org

www.nctcog.org/trans/outreach/media/BeAirAware_2012.pdf

Visit www.airnorthtexas.org to learn more.

 Working for Cleanair

Get on the path to clean air. Ride your bike.

Every time you use pedal power, you eliminate toxic vapors. And it's easy to use your bicycle in conjunction with mass transit. Transit centers and train stations have bike racks and lockers for bicycle parking, and most buses have bicycle carrier racks.

The North Texas Clean Air Coalition offers awards and media recognition to North Texas employers who have demonstrated a commitment to improving air quality through clean air programs including commuter initiatives, business operations, fleet operations, and community impact initiatives. For a complete list of award categories and recognition
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