Public Outreach and Information Resources 

 

 

 

Mobile Sources

 

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality-Division of Air Quality (NCDEQ-DAQ)

 

“Turn off your Engine Campaign" (http://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/motor-vehicles-air-quality/idle-reduction/turn-off-your-engine-campaign):

Our voluntary "Turn Off Your Engine" program is aimed at distributing signs and materials to partners interested in reducing unnecessary idling in their parking lots and pick-up areas. The Division of Air quality has partnered with the Campaign for Clean Air to develop and distribute a tool kit to help students and teachers complete idle reduction projects at their schools. Contact us at Air.Awareness@ncdenr.gov to learn more or build an anti-idling campaign at your school.

 

Mobile Source Emissions Reduction Grants (https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/motor-vehicles-air-quality/mobile-source-emissions-reduction-grants)

 

Smoking Vehicle complaint Form (http://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/motor-vehicles-air-  quality/smoking-vehicle-complaint-form):

Submit this form to file a complaint against a motor vehicle spewing excessive exhaust into the air.

 

Commuter Options (https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/air-quality-outreach/air-quality-public-involvement/commuter-options):

Save money, relieve stress, catch up with that book or report...all of these are great reasons to find another way to get to work and around town!  And while you're saving money, you'll be saving the environment. Cars cause air pollution. Air pollution from cars even comes down in rain and causes water pollution. Plus, the less gasoline we use, the less petroleum we need to extract and ship by pipeline, tanker, and truck resulting in less air pollution.  

 

 

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), Bureau of Air Quality

 

Breathe Better (B2) Anti-Idling Campaign (www.scdhec.gov/b2):

B2 is an anti-idling program for schools with four components; adoption of anti-idling policies, installation of anti-idling signs, data collection on the idling activity of school buses and cars, and selection of at least one additional air quality activity. It is a tiered program: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Data collection of idling vehicles is a component in all but the Bronze level. The more air quality activities implemented by the school, the higher their participation level. SCDHEC provides signs, banners and printed materials to help promote the message, and reports the estimated idling reduction and emissions benefit for each year of the program. B2 is often incorporated into a broader South Carolina sustainability programs for schools, such as Green Steps. Green Steps, a program sponsored by Sonoco, also addresses waste management, water quality and energy.

 

Anti-idling signs (webpage in development):

SCDHEC has a program to provide no-idling signs to businesses.

 

The Diesel Emission Reductions Act (DERA) Grant Program (www.scdhec.gov/dera/):

SCDHEC administers the state DERA grant program, which seeks to reduce diesel emissions through retrofitting or replacing older diesel vehicles.

 

Take a Break from the Exhaust (temporarily offline):

This program allows employees to enter information on their alternative commute activities daily, calculates the emission benefits, and generates reports of progress. The program has been available free to any employer that wants to use it.

 

SCDHEC’s BAQ is a SmartWay Transport Partnership Affiliate (www3.epa.gov/smartway/):

We look for opportunities to promote SmartWay in South Carolina. We have co-hosted a SmartWay workshop with our state trucking association and EPA, and we promote SmartWay through tabling conferences and trucking safety events, in meetings, in newsletter items. We also recognize SmartWay award winners and new shipper partners in our BAQ update email. South Carolina has 24 partners (three shipper partners) and two affiliates.

 

Mobile Source Emission Reductions

(www.scdhec.gov/HomeandEnvironment/BusinessesandCommunities-GoGreen/SmartTransportationMovesUsForward/ and www.scdhec.gov/HomeAndEnvironment/BusinessesandCommunities-GoGreen/GreenhouseGasesActions/):

Mobile sources contribute significant emissions to the ambient air. SCDHEC promotes alternative fuels, mass transit, and local planning to promote awareness of emission reductions available through voluntary efforts.

 

Small Engine Exchange Program (www.scdhec.gov/HomeandEnvironment/BusinessesandCommunities-GoGreen/LawnmowerExchanges):

Working with local partners, SCDHEC has coordinated “Mow Down Pollution” Lawn Mower Exchanges around the state since 2007. Through lawn mower exchanges the public can trade in gasoline-powered mowers for a discount towards the purchase of an environmentally-friendly mower. Gas-powered mowers collected at the event are recycled.  Mowers offered at previous events throughout South Carolina include battery-powered, propane, and reel push mowers. The events increase awareness about the contribution of lawn and garden equipment to air pollution and potential health effects, provide an incentive for the replacement of gasoline-powered equipment with a more environmentally friendly alternative, and remove gas-powered mowers from service.

 

National Bike Challenge (www.nationalbikechallenge.org):

SCDHEC participates in the National Bike Challenge. Between May and the end of September, miles are tabulated for individuals, teams, workplaces and states, and rankings are displayed. Riders can enter whether their miles are for recreation or transportation, and CO2 emission reduction is calculated for transportation travel.

 

Coalitions and Recognition Programs

 

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality-Division of Air Quality (NCDEQ-DAQ)

 

State and Local Air Awareness Coordinators (https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/air-quality-outreach/air-quality-public-involvement/air-awareness):

NCDEQ-DAQ works with partners to promote air quality messages around the state. Find a local air awareness coordinator or air quality expert in your region today. Get connected to learn about air pollution, start a community project or connect your organization with NC Air Awareness. Learn more about K-12 education materials, speakers and partnership opportunities.

 

 

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), Bureau of Air Quality Public Information and Outreach Activities

 

Air Quality Coalitions (www.scdhec.gov/HomeAndEnvironment/Air/OzoneAdvanceProgramforLocalGovernments/): SCDHEC works with local governments, businesses, environmental and special interest groups, keeping them abreast of regulatory updates and opportunities for comment, and encouraging local action. The local coalitions have been involved with projects such as Park and Ride lots, Public Service Announcements, and providing additional support for programs such as B2.

 

“Spare the Air” Awards (www.scdhec.gov/sparetheairawards):  
“Spare the Air” Awards recognize those who have implemented programs or made efforts to improve air quality.  There are several categories for eligibility, and nominations can be submitted online.  

 

Schools and Education

 

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality-Division of Air Quality (NCDEQ-DAQ)

 

K-12 Air Quality Education (https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/air-quality-outreach/air-quality-public-involvement/teachers-students):

NC Air Awareness is the public outreach and education program of the North Carolina Division of Air Quality. The program helps individuals and organizations understand how voluntary actions can reduce air pollution improve your health. The program provides a variety of K-12 lessons and resources for teachers. All classroom lessons are aligned with the NC Essential Standards to help students reach established academic goals. In many areas, our staff can come to your classroom to share air quality activities with your students. Please provide your students the opportunity to learn more about North Carolina air quality and what they can do to help keep our air clean!

 

KNOW THE CODE! (https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/air-quality-outreach/air-quality-public-involvement/know-the-code):

KNOW THE CODE! is a multi-county effort to increase awareness and use of the air quality forecast system (code) to help older adults (55 and older) better plan their outdoor activities and take steps to protect their health.

 

 

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), Bureau of Air Quality Public Information and Outreach Activities

 

Air Quality Flag Program (http://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=flag_program.index):

SCDHEC promotes this as a stand-alone program for schools and communities. It is also one of the activity options for the B2 program. Schools raise a colored flag each day during the ozone season to represent the ozone forecast. Through small, local grants, SCDHEC has been able to supply participating schools with flags.

 

 

Ozone forecasting

 

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality-Division of Air Quality (NCDEQ-DAQ)

 

Air Quality Forecast (http://daq.state.nc.us/airaware/):

See the future. Know the air pollution levels the day before they happen. Visit the NCDEQ-DAQ Air Quality Forecast Center.

 

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), Bureau of Air Quality Public Information and Outreach Activities

 

Ozone forecasting (www.scdhec.gov/ozone):

SCDHEC disseminates information regarding the ozone forecast from March 31 to September 29. In addition to SCDHEC’s website, the forecast is also available via:

  • A toll-free hotline: 1-866-238-4973
  • The EPA's EnviroFlash webpage. EnviroFlash is a free service that can direct the ozone forecast to a user's email address, cell phone via text message, or Twitter account as soon as the ozone forecast is made. To sign up, go to www.enviroflash.info.
  • Via Twitter,  for each forecasted region of the state:
  • @CatawbaRegion
  • @PeeDeeRegion
  • @CSRARegion
  • @Midlands Region
  • @UpstateRegion

 

SCDHEC also displays the ozone forecast on a sign by the main road in front of our office building.

 

Department Updates

 

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality-Division of Air Quality (NCDEQ-DAQ)

 

Air Quality Trends in North Carolina (http://www.ncair.org/Air_Quality_Trends_in_North_Carolina.pdf):

North Carolinians are breathing cleaner air today than any time in decades. State leaders, agencies, public utilities and private industries have taken significant steps in recent years to address air quality concerns-notably ozone and particle pollution - and this work is achieving impressive results.

 

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), Bureau of Air Quality Public Information and Outreach Activities

 

Bureau of Air Quality Update:

SCDHEC Bureau of Air Quality sends emails periodically to a list of 700+ subscribers. It includes regulatory updates, related announcements and grant opportunities.