Arlington, Texas – In North Texas, it is important to consider air quality every day. But one day a year, the focus intensifies, bringing together individuals, businesses and governments to do a little extra to improve the air we breathe.
Across the region on June 22, North Texans will do something extra to reduce ozone-causing pollution, as part of the ninth annual Clean Air Action Day.
With more than 20 possible clean air choices, there are several actions they can take to do their part. Among the options are:
· Carpool or vanpool
· Use mass transit
· Bike or walk
· Attend meetings remotely
· Take lunch to work
· Combine errands
The North Central Texas Council of Governments encourages participants to log their alternative commutes at www.TryParkingIt.com on June 22 and every day. Simply create an account and enter your commute method. Creating a Try Parking It account and logging your commutes is even one of the Clean Air Action Day options. The full list of commitments is available at www.airnorthtexas.org/cleanairactionday.
Air North Texas, the regional clean air campaign, is sponsoring a social media contest in the days leading up to June 22 to encourage residents to share their clean air action.
Residents can post their clean air actions on Clean Air Action Day or earlier with the hashtag #CAAD2018 to be entered into a drawing for prizes.
Additionally, partners around the region have planned clean air contests, social media campaigns and events for their employees, residents and businesses for June 22.
Partners with Surface Transportation Technical Committee representation will have the opportunity to earn Transportation Development Credits for participating in Clean Air Action Day. To learn how to help improve air quality, visit www.airnorthtexas.org.
Ten Dallas-Fort Worth area counties are in nonattainment for ozone pollution and are working to meet the federal government’s ozone standard. Clean Air Action Day is one example of how people who depend on the transportation system can contribute to an air quality solution. NCTCOG encourages the individuals, businesses and governments who made CAAD commitments to make choices throughout the year that benefit air quality.
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 238 member governments including 16 counties, 170 cities, 24 school districts and 30 special districts. For more information on the NCTCOG Transportation Department, visit www.nctcog.org/trans.
For more news from the NCTCOG Transportation Department, visit www.nctcog.org/trans/outreach/media.
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