DATE: May 15, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Maribel Feliciano, Broward County
Pollution Prevention, Remediation and Air Quality Division
May is Air Quality Awareness Month and the Broward County Pollution Prevention, Remediation and Air Quality Division, in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, state and local air quality programs, and community partners, is sponsoring a series of educational events and exhibits to increase awareness about important air quality issues.
The first event was held on May 15, when Broward County hosted a “May is Air Quality Awareness Month” lunchtime event at Port Everglades for employees and port tenants. This educational event provided information about the air quality in Broward County and showcased partners in air quality protection, including Broward County Transit, Solid Waste and Recycling Services, Energy & Sustainability Program and NatureScape Broward. Displays, environmental handouts and free giveaway items were available.
Friday, May 17: Broward County Air Quality Program, in association with the Broward County School District and Florida Atlantic University, presents the third annual high school public speaking contest. The topic for this year’s contest is solar energy. Students have hypothetically been appointed to the State of Florida Energy Office to research and develop solar energy in the state. Students will formulate a plan and provide action steps and factual evidence to promote solar energy generation and enhance solar market conditions.
Friday, May 31: Broward County is inviting employees and residents to participate in the fifth annual "Walk to Lunch Day." Everyone is encouraged to walk to their lunch destination or bring lunch instead of driving their cars.
Throughout the month, residents can visit their local library for general information on air quality. Exhibits explaining the simple steps residents can take to conserve energy and protect air quality will be located in the downtown Governmental Center, Government Center West and the following libraries: Main, Southwest Regional, South Regional, West Regional, North Regional, Northwest Regional and Deerfield Beach libraries.
Here are some easy changes everyone can make:
- Change a Light Bulb. Switch to compact fluorescent or LED lights. They save a large amount of energy and will save you money in electricity costs.
- Adjust Your Thermostat. Cool your home at 78 degrees or warmer with the thermostat fan set to “auto.” Raise the thermostat to 82 degrees when away from the house.
- Give Your Car a Break and Leave It at Home. Bike ride, walk, carpool or use mass transit (BCT or Tri-Rail) to get around town.
- Unplug Unused Electronics. When electronics are not being used, unplug them from the outlet or keep them plugged into a power strip and switch it off.
- Inflate Your Tires. Keep the tires on your vehicle properly inflated. Save 250 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year.
- Be Sure to Recycle. This includes paper, plastic, glass and aluminum cans at home and work. If your office does not recycle, bring the items home and toss them in your recycling bin.
- Sign up for Enviroflash which will immediately notify subscribers, via email or pager, when the air quality index falls out of the “good” category. The email provides information on what precautions should be taken. Visit broward.org/pollutionprevention to sign up for Enviroflash.
Visit the Broward County Air Awareness Month website to view the Air Quality Awareness Month Sponsors, the “31 Days of Air Quality Awareness & Events” and more green tips.
For more information visit the Pollution Prevention Remediation and Air Quality Division website at broward.org/pollutionprevention or contact us at 954-519-1260.