Outdoor Air

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What We Are Concerned About

Ozone – Ozone (O3) is an extremely reactive gas molecule composed of three oxygen atoms. It is the primary ingredient of smog air pollution and is very harmful to breathe. Ozone attacks lung tissue by reacting chemically with it.

Particle Pollution - Particle pollution refers to a mix of very tiny solid and liquid particles that are in the air we breathe. Because of their size, you can’t see the individual particles. You can only see the haze that forms when millions of particles blur the spread of sunlight. You may not be able to tell when you’re breathing particle pollution. Yet it is so dangerous it can shorten your life.

In Our Community

Waste Management and Petro Card just held an event showing the new CNG truck fleet servicing the City of Chandler along with the new CNG fueling station locatedWM Truck Event in the City of Mesa. Action is being taken to bring healthier air to our local community!

The American Lung Association Energy Policy Development Transportation Background Document states, “Natural gas engines have approximately the same efficiency as gasoline engines, but due to the lower carbon content of natural gas they produce approximately 25 percent lower CO2 emissions per mile.” To read the entire report click here.

The American Lung Association in Arizona (ALAA) congratulates Grand Canyon National Park for being a leader in the Federal Government’s effort to increase the use of biobased products.  Grand Canyon National Park is ahead of this curve and has already taken several steps to maintain its amenities with products developed to use U.S. farm grown plants, reduce the use of harsh chemicals and petroleum.  These decisions and actions make a tremendous difference to the health of the Grand Canyon’s 5 million visitors, 2,500 residents, and 500 employees. Click here for more information.

In comparison to conventional products, biobased products contain reduced levels of toxic chemicals that are associated with lung damage, lung cancer, asthma and respiratory ailments.  Additional health benefits include minimizing the potential for sensory irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat; skin irritation and chemical burns; headaches; and nausea.   

What You Can Do

  • Check the Air Quality Index each morning to see if you need to adjust your day to stay healthy and help the community breathe easier

  • Reduce Vehicle Emissions
    a. Carpool, Walk or Bike to Work
    b. Use Alternate Fuels at work and home
    c. Advocate for Stricter Emission Rules

  • Encourage school districts to implement School Bus Idling Programs and reduce school bus emissions

  • Urge the EPA to update national health standards for fine particulate matter to an annual standard of 11 micrograms per cubic meter (μg/m3) and a daily standard of 25 μg/m3.

  • Watch for “No Burn Days” issued by the County and follow them!

  • Use hand powered or electric lawn equipment

  • Use Less Energy

  • Join the American Lung Association in advocating for cleaner air. Sign up here to receive our action alerts that will notify you of key events affecting air quality decisions.

What Other Communities are Doing

Wood Stove Change Out Programs


Changing School Buses and Transit Vehicles to Compressed Natural Gas and other alternate sources



Preparing for and  Installing electric charging stations




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