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  • Pima DEQ has Earth Day tips

    Apr 21, 2016 | Read More News
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    Earth DAyFriday, April 22nd is the official date for Earth Day, but there are a multitude of actions you can take to celebrate the Earth every day. For inspiration, Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ) Clean Air Program created a poster and bookmark, mixing the beauty of the desert with 50 ways to reduce our impact on the environment.  
    “It has been one of our most popular pieces when we set up booths at community events or go to schools to share information about the environment,” said Beth Gorman, PDEQ Senior Program Manager. “An important part of doing public outreach is to initiate a conversation and these beautiful pieces bring people over to the table to start that process,” Gorman said.  
    Need some options to add to your environmental action toolkit?  
    With the new more protective EPA health standard now in place for ozone air pollution, a key way to help prevent pollution in our region is to drive less.  
    At least once a week:
    • Share rides; 
    • Combine trips; and 
    • Take transit, bike or walk. 
    And when you need to drive:
    • Check your tires monthly and keep them properly inflated; 
    • Stop at the click when refueling to prevent spills and extra fumes that contribute to ozone;
    • During the summer, refuel after 5:00 p.m. when the sun is low so ozone can’t form; and  
    • Keep your car well-maintained so it uses less fuel. 
    At home:
    • Set thermostat a little higher in the summer and a little lower in the winter; 
    • Buy reusable instead of disposable;
    • Collect rainwater for use on shade trees near your home; 
    • Avoid using leaf blowers in dusty areas and use rake or broom instead; 
    • Keep a bucket in the kitchen sink and/or shower to catch water before it gets hot for watering your plants; and 
    • Buy vintage from thrift stores for one of a kind clothing and furnishings.  
    Check out the “50 Ways” poster and bookmark on the PDEQ website for more ideas for being Earth friendly. 


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