Pledge to Make Sustainable Choices

  • I pledge to make the following changes, to do my part to improve air quality in my city.

  • 1. Reduce Drive Alone Time
  • 2. Make Sustainable Choices
  • 3. Stay Informed

Air Quality in the Twin Cities

Only 27% of air pollution is from industry.

73% is from sources that I can control.

Minnesota’s air quality is generally good and has been improving for most pollutants.  Minnesota has been in compliance with all national ambient air quality standards since 2002.  Much of this improvement can be attributed to lowered emissions form major facilities and cleaner cars and fuels due to enforcement of the Clean Air Act and Clean Air Act Amendments, as well as voluntary reductions undertaken at some facilities.

However, even as air programs have contributed to the decrease in emissions and concentrations of many air pollutants, increased understanding of serious health effects has resulted in stricter national ambient air quality standards.

As the understanding of air pollution continues to evolve, new methods of environmental protection must be explored.  It is increasingly obvious that it is not enough to control single pollutants from individual sources.  There is growing recognition of the need to reduce air pollution emissions from scattered, less regulated sources such as transportation and residential burning.

 

 

To learn more about air quality issues and how you can protect your health,
please visit: Be Air Aware Minnesota.

Air Quality Index AQI

Ozone, fine particulate matter, and other harmful air pollutants

Good

Everyone: It's a great day to be active outside!

Moderate

Sensitive groups: Limit outdoor activity.

Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups

Sensitive groups: Reduce prolonged or heavy exercise, take more breaks and do less intense activities.

Unhealthy

Everyone: Reduce prolonged or heavy exercise. Consider moving activities indoor.

Very Unhealthy

Everyone: Consider moving activites indoors.

Where Does Air Pollution Come From in the Twin Cities?

Industry

(power plants, factories)

27%

On-road Vehicles

(cars, trucks, buses)

28%

Residential & Commercial

(heating, wood burning)

(gas stations, char-broilers, dry cleaners, autobody shops)

26%

Off Road Vehicles

(yard/garden equipment, agricultural, recreational vehicles, trains, planes)

19%

What Can I Do?

How You Can Make A Difference

The bottom line is, on a daily basis we make decisions that have an impact on our environment.  But that also means we can make choices everyday that can help reduce air pollution.  Below are a few ideas that you can do to help clean our air.

1. Reduce Drive Alone Trips

  • Try Transit more
  • Carpool more
  • Bike more / Zap more (what’s Zap?)
  • Walk more

2. Make Sustainable Choices

  • Shop local
  • String trips together
  • Minimize campfires / burning
  • Join a car-share or bike-share program

3. Stay Informed

  • Be air aware / Sign up for air alerts
  • Sign up for the Move Minneapolis Newsletter

How Do I Pledge?

Click the PLEDGE button to make sustainable changes (one entry per person).

 

 What you can win:

  • One-night stay at The Westin Minneapolis
  • Dining at Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse
  • A Gift Certificate for Twin Cities Brewery Tours*
  • Two Annual Memberships with Nice Ride

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*Must be 21 or older for brewery tour. Prizes must be redeemed by 12/31/2016.

Pledge to Make Sustainable Choices

  • I pledge to make the following changes, to do my part to improve air quality in my city.

  • 1. Reduce Drive Alone Time
  • 2. Make Sustainable Choices
  • 3. Stay Informed

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505 Nicollet Mall, Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55402
612-466-7323

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