Air Quality Awareness Week Begins April 30

April 26, 2018
Air Quality Where You Are - Week dedicated to promoting awareness and action.

April 30 through May 4 is National Air Quality Awareness Week. During that week, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) will promote daily social media messages informing residents about steps Central Ohioans can take to reduce air pollution. This year’s theme is Air Quality Where You Are. The goal is to increase air quality awareness and inspire people to take steps, no matter how large or small, to reduce their contribution to air pollution.

“Air Quality Awareness Week is a national conversation about the importance of air quality for the health of our communities and how we can all work together to improve it. MORPC will be highlighting actions Central Ohioans can take to improve air quality on our Facebook and Twitter pages, so be sure to like and follow MORPC to learn more.”
MORPC Assistant Director of Energy & Air Quality Brandi Whetstone,

Poor air quality affects everyone; however, some individuals are particularly sensitive to air pollutants, including children and adults who are active outdoors, the elderly, and those with chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma.

MORPC uses the national Air Quality Index (AQI) scale to inform the public about daily ozone and particle pollution levels in Central Ohio. When levels reach above 100, air quality is considered to be Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups and MORPC will issue an Air Quality Alert to the public.

Central Ohioans can sign-up online at to receive free Air Quality Alert notifications delivered straight to their inbox by email or text message. They can also call MORPC’s toll-free air quality hotline at 1-888-666-1009 for the latest forecast in planning their day to reduce exposure to air pollution. MORPC’s toll-free Air Quality hotline has English and Spanish language options to best serve the Central Ohio community.

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