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2016 Air Quality Awareness Week

State & Local Events

To have your event added to the 2017 Air Quality Awareness Week list of State and Local events, please contact Debra Lee at lee.debra@epa.gov.



In celebration of Air Quality Awareness week, The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is hosting an open house featuring science talks and booths with information and activities about air quality. Please join us to learn from experts about air quality, how we measure it, and how it impacts plants, animals and humans. NCAR’s new air quality exhibit will also be featured. Bring questions and mingle with scientists from NCAR, NASA, the National Park Service, the Regional Air Quality Council, the University of Colorado, Boulder County Public Health, Colorado Department of Health and Environment, GO3-The Global Ozone Project and Ball Aerospace. Local organizations will showcase activities and resources. This event is free and open to the public.
    When: Wednesday, May 3rd from 5:00-8:00pm
    Where: The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) 1850 Table Mesa Drive Boulder, CO 80305
    Audience: General public-all ages welcome
    Contact information: Eileen Carpenter ecarpent@ucar.edu


Hillsborough County

The Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County is hosting its 16th consecutive Clean Air Fair. To commemorate the Commission’s golden anniversary, this year’s theme is: Keep Calm – 50 years and Going Strong. The free, lunchtime event will encourage everyone to recognize the importance of local environmental protection and to reflect on changes to the environment over the last half of century. The event will also recognize Arbor Day and the importance of a balanced natural environment through the distribution of free saplings to all attendees.
    Thursday, May 4rd from 11:30 am -1:30 pm
    Where: Downtown Tampa @ Poe Plaza (Franklin @ Jackson Street)
    Audience: General public-all ages welcome
    Contact information: Michelle jenkinsm@epchc.org
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New Jersey

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Air Quality Awareness Week 2017 focuses on educating the public about air quality, air pollution, the impacts of air pollution and what everyone can do to help reduce these impacts on human health and the environment. The week also highlights how our daily routine can impact our environment. Learn more.. Follow this effort on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NJDEP-Air-Quality-Energy-and-Sustainability-811744782277426/

North Carolina

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will celebrate Air Quality Awareness Week by sharing new It’s Our Air resources with students and teachers across the State. It’s Our Air air quality educational materials include information about asthma, air quality trends, air quality around the world, and citizen science projects. Hands on activities and video segments are used in three modules: Air Pollutants and Their Sources, Predicting Air Pollution, and Problems and Solutions. The materials are North Carolina-specific, and are aimed at high school science classes. To learn more about the curriculum, visit www.itsourair.org or contact Jonathan.Navarro@ncdenr.gov or 919-707-8400 with questions. NC DENR will also provide air quality messages to partners who will further distribute them this week. Information about other Air Quality Awareness Week events will be provided here: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/air-quality-outreach/air-quality-public-involvement/air-awareness.

The NC Air Awareness program in the Charlotte area provides education and outreach to the community on local air quality issues. During Air Awareness Week and year round, Charlotte Air Awareness encourages individuals, schools and local businesses to know where to find the Air Quality Forecast and to get involved in making our air healthy for everyone. Visit us in the Green Zone at the Open Streets 704 event on Sunday, May 7, to learn more. Residents can also check out local air quality data at Mecklenburg County Air Quality's website.


Library Program to highlight Air Quality Awareness Week – talk about and demonstrate the properties of air, read and discuss Why is Coco Orange, visit the Village Green Bench just outside of the library.
    Audience: Elementary school students
    When: Wednesday, May 3, from 4:30 – 5:30 pm
    Where: South Regional Public Library, 4505 S. Alston Avenue, Durham, NC
    Contact: Erica Merritt, Librarian 919-560-7409


This year, Oklahoma’s ScienceFest coincides with Air Quality Awareness Week! ScienceFest 2017 will be a day of hands-on exhibits, presentations, and demonstrations for thousands of Oklahoma 4th and 5th graders focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) as they relate to environmental conservation and alternative energies. The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality has co-sponsored this incredibly popular event for 15 years.
    When: Thursday, May 4th
    Where: Oklahoma State Fair Park
    Audience: Registered Oklahoma 4th & 5th graders


Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency

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For Air Quality Awareness Week, the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) and other metropolitan planning organizations in Ohio are unveiling a new ridesharing and trip planning tool that will change the way you think about commuting. Gohio Commute, the new mobile-friendly website, will help you find and plan ways to get to work that are efficient, cost-effective, and easy on the region's air. In addition to helping you find alternatives to driving alone, Gohio Commute will allow you to log your trips and earn rewards. Find a smarter way to commute in Northeast Ohio, and throughout the entire state! To learn more, contact Bev Burtzlaff at bburtzlaff@mpo.noaca.org.


Lane Regional Air Protection Agency

To celebrate Air Quality Awareness Week, Lane Regional Air Protection Agency(LRAPA)will be hosting an event in Amazon Park. LRAPA will offer tours of the air monitoring station, located next to the dog park. The event will also have several fun, family-friendly activities!
    When: Friday, May 5, 1:00 – 5:30 pm
    Where: 22 Amazon Parkway, Eugene, OR 97405
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Klamath County

Klamath Falls Schools, including Conger, Ferguson, Pelican, Ponderosa, Roosevelt and Mills Elementary School and Klamath Union High School, will be celebrating Air Quality Awareness Week. These schools participate in the Air Quality Flag Program and will be following the daily topics for the week.

Visit our County web site, where we will be posting the Air Quality Awareness Week banner and daily topics for AQAW. Or check out our Facebook page Facebook page.

South Carolina

Anderson County

Join Anderson County, South Carolina plans events to celebrate Air Quality Awareness Week. Learn more about events planned for each day.


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is celebrating Air Quality Awareness Week by displaying the winners of the department’s annual Air, Air Everywhere Poetry Contest in regional and central offices and encouraging staff to read the excellent work created by Wisconsin’s third, fourth and fifth grade students! The winning poems and riddles can also be viewed on the poetry contest web page: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/AirQuality/PoetryContest.html
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