Although there are natural sources of air pollution, human activity contributes significantly to the pollution in our environment each day.
The city works toward reducing the amount of pollution emitted into the air by focusing on efficient replacement of its fleet and traffic management.
How can residents help?
- Use compact energy-efficient florescent lights and other energy-efficient appliances.
- Turn off appliances and lights when you leave the room.
- Recycle paper, plastic, glass bottles, cardboard and aluminum cans. (This conserves energy and reduces production emissions.)
- Drive less, especially during peak traffic periods or hot days.
- Avoid revving or idling engine over 30 seconds.
- Avoid waiting in long drive-thru lines, for example, at fast-food restaurants or banks. Park your car and go in.
- Fill gas tank during cooler evening hours to cut down on evaporation. Avoid spilling gas and don't "top off" the tank. Replace gas tank cap tightly.
- Choose products that have less packaging and are reusable.
- Choose recycled products.
- Knowledge is power. Share what you know with your family and friends. You can also contact your state or local air pollution agency about how to become involved in local air pollution control issues.