It’s that time of the year again, Spare The Air season is here! The Sac Metro Air District is excited to continue educating residents of Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, Solano, and El Dorado counties on the health impacts of air pollution through a new campaign: Me + We = Community.
Over the past two years, we have collectively made many changes in our daily routines that have resulted in a big drop in air pollution. This proves, we all can make a difference in our community and environment by choosing alternative modes of transportation instead of driving single-passenger vehicles. The Me + We = Community campaign encourages everyone to take small actions individually so we can make a huge impact together and protect our community’s health. We look forward to seeing continued air quality improvements this season and thank you for doing your part to Spare The Air by driving a low or zero-emission vehicle, taking transit, teleworking, or using active transportation options like walking, biking, or riding a scooter. With warmer weather right around the corner, remember there will be a higher potential for smog, also known as ground-level ozone, which pollutes our community’s air and negatively impacts our health. Exposure to high air pollution levels can cause immediate and severe health issues, including respiratory illness, heart and lung stress, and damaged respiratory cells. Some individuals are more vulnerable to the health impacts of air pollution, including children, pregnant women, elderly adults, and individuals with heart or lung conditions, such as asthma. Everyone is encouraged to check the daily Air Quality Index (AQI) forecast for the Sacramento region. From May 1 through Oct. 31, a Spare The Air alert is issued when the AQI for ground-level ozone pollution is forecast to meet or exceed 126, and air quality becomes unhealthy for sensitive groups.
For more ways to stay informed and protect your health and the health of those in your community follow these simple tips this summer to help reduce air pollution in your community:
Download the free Air Quality app: Residents can check the daily AQI by downloading the free Sacramento Region Air Quality app, which is available in all app stores. The app also provides real-time readings and Spare The Air alerts for the Sacramento region.
Follow us on Social: Stay connected and follow us on social media to receive regular updates on the Spare The Air campaign. Click on the icons below to go directly to our social media platforms.
Visit our Website: For more information, please visit SpareTheAir.com where you can find helpful tips, important information, and resources to help you Spare The Air. We also ask that you consider placing a link to SpareTheAir.com on your organization's website to help share important Spare The Air resources with your network.
If you have a question about the Sac Metro Air District or the Spare The Air program, or if you would like to request free campaign materials, please send an email with any inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.