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Clean Air Partners Joins EPA Campaign to Reduce the Affects of Climate Change

May 5, 2009

Clean Air Pledge Asks Residents to Take Steps to Improve Air Quality and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

WASHINGTON, May 5 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore based non-profit, Clean Air Partners joins the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR(R) program to extend their commitment to protect public health, improve air quality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by launching the Clean Air Pledge. As part of the Clean Air Pledge, Clean Air Partners encourages residents to participate in the Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR pledge by taking small individual steps that make a big difference in the fight against climate change. The Clean Air Pledge kicks-off in conjunction with ozone season, which typically occurs from May through September, when ozone and particle pollution are at their highest.

Taking the Clean Air Pledge involves two simple steps:

  • Step 1: Visit the Clean Air Partners Web site (www.cleanirpartners.net) and sign up to receive Clean Air Partners’ AirAlerts (air quality forecasts) which include air quality information and actions to improve air quality and protect their health. AirAlerts are free and are delivered to recipient’s inbox daily.
  • Step 2: Take the Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR pledge.

By taking the Clean Air Pledge, residents will make a commitment to improve air quality and protect the environment by signing up to receive AirAlerts, and will take energy saving actions in their home through the EPA’s Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR pledge. Such actions include: replacing lights with energy-efficient bulbs, installing and properly setting a programmable thermostat, choosing products that have earned the ENERGY STAR, and empowering others to do the same.

More than 7.5 million people in the Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore region are affected by ground-level ozone and particle pollution which can increase health risks and impact the environment. Many of the same actions one can take to improve air quality will also reduce greenhouse gases that affect climate change.

“As a community, we want to do our part to protect the environment, while improving regional air quality,” says Tracye Funn, Chair of Clean Air Partners. “Through the Pledge, we hope to reduce 13 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions by Earth Day 2010. This is equivalent to removing 1,000 cars off our region’s roads this year. By taking even the smallest step, you can become part of the solution in the fight against climate change.”

In addition to the energy saving actions in the Clean Air Pledge, the Clean Air Partners Air Quality Action Guide provides information on simple steps people can take to protect their health and the environment and improve air quality, which include limiting driving, carpooling, using mass transit, and postponing mowing or using an electric lawnmower when poor air quality is forecasted.

About Clean Air Partners

Clean Air Partners is a non-profit, public-private partnership that educates area residents about the health risks associated with poor air quality and the impacts everyday actions have on the environment. For more than 10 years, Clean Air Partners has helped individuals and organizations to take simple actions to reduce air pollution and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that impact climate change. More than 2,600 Clean Air Partners participants have committed to take simple actions to reduce their impact on the environment and exposure to air pollution during unhealthy air quality days. For additional information please visit: www.cleanairpartners.net.

About ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR was introduced by the EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR can be found on more than 50 different kinds of products as well as new homes and buildings. Products that have earned the ENERGY STAR prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government. In 2007, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved $16 billion on their energy bills while reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 27 million vehicles. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov.

SOURCE Clean Air Partners


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