Clean Air Day in British Columbia
Clean Air Day was on June 6, this year.
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A Sampling of Clean Air Events in B.C.
Along with Clean Air Day on Wednesday June 6, many communities took part in Bike to Work Week (May 28 to June 3), as well as the national Commuter Challenge (June 3-9), during Canadian Environment Week (June 3-9).
The Clean Air Day cake shown above was a treat at the Grand Forks event, which also included kite making and air quality information. The event was run by the Grand Forks-Boundary Area chapter of the BC Lung Association.
The City of Victoria hosted the Cut the Carbon Gallery to celebrate city staff actions to move towards the goal of carbon-neutral municipal operations. Take a look at these Cut the Carbon promotional signs. Local businesses wanting to lower costs by cutting their carbon footprint can take advantage of $1,000 subsidies for Climate Smart training. For more information, see the City of Victoria's Community Climate Action website.
The City of Kelowna recently launched the smartTRIPS program. The goal is to encourage all Central Okanagan residents to be healthy and active by reducing drive-alone trips.
Free transit service was offered on Clean Air Day. Also, the Quesnel Air Quality Roundtable hosted an event on the River Walk. Participants picked up a “passport” to answer air quality questions throughout the walk. Kids then entered their completed passport for prize draw.
The Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable (PG AIR) held two Clean Air Day contests for Prince George residents: a poster contest for children aged 5-12 and a Facebook prize draw.
BC Lung Association Webinar
The BC Lung Association hosted a webinar, entitled Wildfires and Air Quality: Getting Ready for Wildfire Season. The webinar included presentations on the health effects associated with wildfire smoke and how to reduce exposure.