How You Can Protect Our Air Quality
May is Air Quality Awareness Month and Broward County’s Air Quality Program is providing educational resources so you can make greener lifestyle choices that can help protect our clean air. The following Air Quality Awareness Month options will keep you educated about the latest solar technology, help keep the air around you cleaner, cut down on routine waste, save wildlife and save you money:
- Attend the Second Annual Go SOLAR and Renewable Energy Fest!
The Go SOLAR Florida Team will host the second annual Go SOLAR and Renewable Energy Fest on June 6-7 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. This free event will feature information on alternative and renewable energy with a focus on the latest technologies, financing options and solar installation jobs and training. This is the premier event in South Florida to promote renewable energy and learn how to save money while using cleaner sources of energy. The Go SOLAR and Renewable Energy Fest is expecting over 2,000 attendees and more than 100 renewable energy exhibitors.
- Use Cloth Reusable Shopping Bags Every Time You Shop
American shoppers use 380 billion plastic bags annually. That’s about 60,000 plastic bags every five seconds. Many of those plastic bags end up in landfills, but they also find their way to natural habitats. According to the Ocean Conservancy, plastic bags rank among the top trash items collected during coastal cleanups.
Plastic bags harm wildlife. Marine animals can suffocate or choke on a floating bag mistaken for a jellyfish. Because plastic bags take hundreds of years to decompose, a single plastic bag could harm several animals. The surest way to prevent plastic bags from endangering wildlife is to avoid using them, and opt for reusable alternatives. But if that’s not possible, tie plastic bags into a large, dense knot before tossing them to lower chances that the wind blows them from a garbage truck into the environment.
- Schedule Your Errands Back-to-Back
Starting a car with a warm engine causes five times less pollution than starting a car with a cold engine. Keeping your errands eco-friendly by planning them back-to-back will keep your engine warm while reducing your miles driven, cutting down on harmful emissions.
- Remember to check the Air Quality Index
This is especially important for those with respiratory ailments (such as asthma), children and the elderly. Call 954-519-1280 for today’s Air Quality Index.
- Sign up for Enviroflash
EnviroFlash immediately notifies subscribers, via email or pager, when the air quality index falls out of the “good” category. The email provides information on the air quality level and what precautions should be taken.
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The U.S. Department of Energy awarded the Go SOLAR Florida team a two-and-a-half-year SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II award. The goal of the award is to make it easier for Floridians to obtain grid-tied solar installations. The purpose is to increase the use of and access to solar energy among the state’s residents and businesses by reducing market barriers, lowering non-hardware related installation costs and providing access to financing options.
To register for this exciting event, visit Broward.org/GoGreen.
For more information and more tips, visit Broward.org/PollutionPrevention.