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25-35% of the pollutants that create ground-level ozone are produced by on-road mobile sources such as cars and trucks. The Every Trip Counts program encourages people to give up a minimum of two vehicle trips per week during the ozone pollution months to help reduce pollution and improve air quality. 

 

The Every Trip Counts program is now a full-year program!

 

  • Give up two car trips per week.
  • Track your environmental footprint using the OzoMeter.
  • Be eligible for random prize drawings for transit passes. 

Make sure to take part in ETC’s Mow Down Pollution program this summer. You can trade in your old gasoline mower for a great deal on a brand new electric mower! Check out the details here.

According to the 2016 report, residents from the north metro reduced more than 170,000 miles!  Read the entire report now!

 

Join online at www.everytripcounts.org

What is ground-level ozone pollution?

What is ground-level ozone pollution?

Ground-level ozone is formed when Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) combine and “cook” in the sun’s heat. The highest ozone levels are usually recorded in summer months on hot, stagnant days with little wind.

Why is ground-level ozone pollution bad?

Why is ground-level ozone pollution bad?

Unlike the good, protective ozone layer in the atmosphere, ground-level ozone is a harmful air pollutant that affects all of us, particularly the young and elderly. Those who are active and exercising outdoors may experience breathing difficulties and eye irritation. Prolonged exposure may result in reduced resistance to lung infections and colds. Ground-level ozone can also trigger attacks and symptoms in individuals with pre-existing conditions, such as asthma, or other respiratory diseases like chronic bronchitis and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

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Where do VOCs and NOx come from?

Where do VOCs and NOx come from? 

In the Denver Metro area, the Volatile Organic Compounds and Nitrogen Oxides that create ground-level ozone pollution come from the following sources:

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What can we do about ground-level ozone pollution?

What can we do about ground-level ozone pollution?

There are many things we can do about ground-level ozone pollution:

  • Drive Less. Join the Every Trip Counts Program to track your trips and pollution impacts.
  • Avoid unnecessary idling.
  • Use Electric Lawn Equipment. Check out the Mow Down Pollution program at www.mowdownpollution.org.
  • Schedule painting and staining projects before April and after September when ozone pollution is less likely to be created.
  • If using a gas-powered lawn mower, mow in the evening to prevent the release of VOCs and NOx into the morning air.
  • Refuel your vehicle in the evening rather than the morning to prevent the release of VOCs and NOx into the morning air.
  • “Stop at the Click” when re-fueling to prevent spills and drips.
  • Sign up for ozone action alerts at www.simplestepsbetterair.org.

The Every Trip Counts program is the result of a terrific partnership of regional partners including the Regional Air Quality Council, the Denver Regional Council of Government’s Way To Go program, and the Regional Transportation District.

In addition to regional partners, local partners are at the the heart of the success of the program. Smart Commute Metro North is one of those partners.  

Questions about the Every Trip Counts program can be directed to Sarah Goodwin: 

Sara Goodwin
Communications Director
Regional Air Quality Council
1445 Market Street, Suite 260 – Denver, CO 80202
303-629-5450 x220
sgoodwin@raqc.org

Join today at www.everytripcounts.org.