New York State Department of Transportation and American Lung Association in New York Announce ‘Commit to Cleaner Air’ Week
Citizens Encouraged to Take Action by Pledging to Improve Downstate NY‘s Air Quality
“Air quality is a huge problem for the
Air pollution from vehicles not only contributes to climate change — it can also cause health issues. On
“According to the American Lung Association’s tenth annual State of the Air report, over 12.5 million New Yorkers — a stunning 65 percent of the state’s residents — live in counties where air pollution levels endanger lives. For the millions of New Yorkers struggling with lung health issues, breathing is always on their minds. Taking appropriate actions, such as carpooling or using mass transit, helps limit emissions and the negative effects to public health from releasing thousands of tons of pollution into the air,” said
Throughout the week:
- The Clean Air NY cloud mascot will travel around the
New York Citymetro area on public transit passing out educational items, which coincides with the launch of Clean Air NY’s public outreach campaign on TV, radio, transit, online and at special events.
- New Yorkers can visit the Clean Air NY Facebook page to learn about the Spot the Mascot and Name the Mascot contests for a chance to win free transit passes.
- The cloud mascot will visit Clean Air Champions New York Methodist Hospital in
Brooklynand Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kiscoto educate employees and visit with sick children to call attention to the health risks associated with poor air quality.
Nassau County, as a Clean Air Champion, will shine a blue light over its courthouse each night, to represent the hope for clean, clear skies in the region.
- A concluding event will be held Friday in
Long Island, where Nassau Countywill be honored as a Clean Air Champion and Executive Thomas Suozzi, alongside the American Lung Association, Clean Air NY and the Girl Scouts of Long Island, will speak to the importance of cleaner air. The Girl Scouts will present artwork they created — 123 green footsteps to represent the number of Nassau Countyemployees who are reducing their carbon footprint by switching to a compressed work week.
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About Clean Air NY
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