Clean Air Counts is a nonprofit campaign that is working to improve air quality in the Chicago area by targeting the problem of urban smog. Smog, or ground-level ozone, is formed when nitrogen oxide gases (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) react in the presence of heat and sunlight. With this in mind, Clean Air Households offers a variety of simple ways in which citizens like you can decrease your own emissions of these compounds, and help all of Chicago breathe easier.
Simple Steps Toward Cleaner Air
Clean Air Counts aims to reduce smog-forming emissions by 5 tons/day. Many daily activities, from driving your car to cleaning your home, release these emissions. By making a few small changes in habits and consumption, you can join over a thousand households and businesses in helping to improve our air. Here are a few examples:
- Use energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs
- Purchase no- or low-VOC cleaning products and paints
- Drive less, use public transit, and walk or bike whenever possible
- Mow your lawn and fill your gas tank in the evening or cooler part of a summer day
Join Clean Air Households today for more information on how to keep the air clean and how to identify environmentally friendly household products. As you adjust your habits, you can track how you have benefited our air quality through your Clean Air Counts personal online profile, and see Clean Air Counts’ progress toward our 5 tons/day goal.
Help us prove that voluntary citizen action can make a difference for our air!
Benefits of Clean Air Counts
- Breathe easier. Breathing polluted air is unhealthy for everyone, but children, the elderly, and people with asthma are especially vulnerable. People who exercise or work outdoors are also at high risk.
- Have a healthier home. Inhaling VOCs can cause headaches and respiratory problems. Especially in homes with children, seniors, or asthmatics, it is crucial to eliminate these pollutants.
- Prevent asthma attacks. Hospital admissions for asthma attacks are higher on days when smog levels are high. Both outdoor smog and indoor air pollution can trigger attacks.
- Save money…
- …on energy bills. By using energy-efficient lighting and appliances in your home, you can save money on your electric bills.
- …on gasoline. By driving less, you can save money on gas and tune-ups.
- …on products. Homemade cleaners are effective, and cheaper than pre-packaged products. And in stores, no- and low-VOC products are comparably priced with regular products.
- Protect wildlife. Ground-level ozone interferes with plants’ ability to produce and store food, compromising their growth and reproduction. When these plants are destroyed, animal habitats are also lost.
- Improve visibility. Smog makes the sky hazy, obscuring our beautiful skyline.