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Be Air Aware

Join other businesses, individuals and local governments in committing to Be Air Aware and take specific actions on Ozone Action Days.

Review the list below and select the strategies you currently and intend to implement on the critically important Ozone Action Days. High ozone levels can cause serious health problems, and inhaling ground-level ozone is especially dangerous for people who have asthma or respiratory problems.

Be Air Aware to protect health and take action to reduce air pollution. Better air quality poses fewer health risks to residents and ensures the continued economic success of the region. Also, often what is good for air quality is also good for the bottom line.

Those who commit to Be Air Aware will be notified by e-mail whenever an Ozone Action Day Alert is issued. These are usually issued a day before the potential high-ozone day.

Many businesses are already implementing programs. Take time to learn more about these companies and how your business can integrate some of the changes they took to improve air quality in North Texas.

Already doing & plan to continue Plan to start doing this year Business Operations
Consider delaying business opening until 9 am or later.
Limit testing of emergency generators.
Move construction activities to evening hours.
Postpone mowing to a day that is not an Ozone Action Day.
> What are Ozone Action Days?
Conserve electricity by turning off lights and computers, unplugging chargers when not in use, and increasing thermostat setting by two degrees or more.
> Tips and resources
Conserve water to conserve electricity. (Pumping water requires large amounts of electricity.)
> Save North Texas Water
Already doing & plan to continue Plan to start doing this year Communication and Employee Initiatives
Communicate Ozone Action Day Alerts on company website, through e-mails to employees, posted signs, intranet or other strategies.
> Copy code to embed a current ozone graphic in your web page
Coordinate on-site employee lunches. (Provide lunch, organize potlucks.)
Utilize audio and video conference call technology.
Allow employees to work from home or take vacation days.
> Log miles, money saved at TryParkingIt.com
Encourage employees to carpool.
> TryParkingIt.com offers ridematching and resources to get started
Encourage employees to ride mass transit. Offer incentives to offset cost.
> Log miles, money saved at TryParkingIt.com
Encourage employees to bicycle or walk to work.
> Bicycling and walking routes; log miles, money saved at TryParkingIt.com
Encourage employees to maintain consistent driving speed and avoid quick accelerations and heavy braking.
Encourage employees to bring lunch or carpool to lunch.
> Log miles, money saved at TryParkingIt.com
Already doing & plan to continue Plan to start doing this year Vehicle Operations
Avoid idling of on-road vehicles and non-road equipment, including construction equipment.
> Engine Off North Texas
Avoid unnecessary trips.
Reduce travel during rush hour.
> Consider compressed work weeks
Drive the most fuel-efficient vehicle when driving is necessary.
> Check fuel efficiency
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