DEQ to Celebrate Air Quality Awareness Week

Air Quality Division
Published: April 29, 2020

Statewide, Wyo. For a fifth-consecutive year, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) – Air Quality Division (AQD) will join the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in celebrating Air Quality Awareness Week from May 4 – 8, 2020. 

The national theme for 2020 is “Better Air, Better Health.”  WDEQ’s outreach messages encourage Wyoming residents to be aware of air quality in or around their area, and inspiring them to take action in reducing their respective contributions, no matter how small or large, to air pollution.

The week will provide informative opportunities for Wyoming’s citizens to learn more about the state’s air quality and how it pertains to our day-to-day lives. Residents are encouraged to consider small daily habits – such as idling vehicles less and or riding a bicycle– that can have positive impacts on air quality and public health. The celebration will also include fun educational resources and activities on air quality and the environment.

“Clean air is very important to our quality of life in Wyoming and Air Quality Awareness Week highlights that importance,” AQD Administrator Nancy Vehr. “Our Division’s mission is to protect, conserve, and enhance Wyoming’s air for the benefit of current and future generations. Educating our residents on how air quality impacts their everyday lives, educating them on the resources they can use to check current air quality conditions, and educating them on things they can do to help maintain clean air all are a part of that mission.”

“We are very excited that we have some fun educational content for students this year, including an art contest that they can work on at home,” Vehr continued. “Learning about our air and our environment in general can be fun and is important because it is impacts all of us.” 

WDEQ will also reach out to citizens who have subscribed to its email updates with daily challenges on how they can help preserve clean air in Wyoming. Each day’s challenge will contain informative facts and useful practices that encourage clean air. 

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