What is Air Quality Awareness Month?
The Broward County Air Quality Program is committed to protecting, restoring and enhacing the air quality in Broward County for the health and enjoyment of residents and visitors. Each May the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, state and local air quality programs and local partners devote resources toward Air Quality Awareness Month public outreach activities. We all have an effect on the air we breathe by making choices about our daily activities; from driving our cars, to mowing our lawns, to our use of electricity. Air Quality Awareness Month provides a forum for focusing on these issues through various outreach activities. Air Quality Awareness Month activities include exhibits and display booths at various Broward County libraries and community events, a poster contest with the Broward County schools, educational presentations at schools and civic organizations, air quality messages through social media, and more.
As residents of Broward County we have the responsibility for protecting and preserving the air quality throughout the entire year, not just in May. For example, we can all make transportation choices for clean air, and learn about ozone and what can be done to prevent its formation. Little things like turning out your lights and keeping your car tuned properly can make a big difference in preserving and protecting the quality of our air. These actions also help reduce the impacts of climate change.
2016 Calendar of Events
May 1st – May 31st Educational exhibits at local libraries and government buildings.
• Main Library, 100 S Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
• Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33331
• South Regional Library, 7300 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
• West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Boulevard, Plantation, FL 33324
• Broward County Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
• Broward County Governmental Center West, 1 N University Drive, Plantation, FL 33324.
May 2nd – May 6th Air Quality Awareness Week.
We will cover topics concerning citizen science, asthma and air quality, air quality around the world, and air quality trends. Join us on social media and show how you care about the air!
May 3rd World Asthma Day.
World Asthma Day is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world. Visit ginasthma.org for more information about local events.
May 8th – May 14th Educational exhibits in the City of Weston.
• Weston Community Center: 20200 Saddle Club Rd, Weston, FL 33327
• Weston Admin Services Center: 17250 Royal Palm Boulevard, Weston, FL 33326
May 20th Walk to Lunch Day.
On May 20th you are encouraged to walk to a lunch destination instead of driving your car. If everyone in Broward County participates we would reduce about 125,164,050 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions. To see what else you can do to reduce your carbon footprint click here.
Every Saturday is Eco-Action Day!
Help the environment by volunteering to clear natural areas of garbage and invasive plants while learning about air quality. Every Saturday there is a location near you needing your help – just sign up beforehand! Click here for more information regarding participating locations and volunteer registration.
Tips Individuals Can Do at Home, Work, and on the Road to Keep the Air Clean
Personal Emissions Calculator
EPA Air Quality Awarness Week website
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