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Picture clean air.

What does clean air mean to you? What are some ways you help keep air healthy?

Join our clean air conversation in preparation for Air Quality Awareness Week, May 3-7, 2021, and you could win a cool prize. Half the air pollution in Pima County comes from driving motor vehicles, but there are many ways the air becomes polluted.

How to participate in the #ThisIsCleanAir Challenge

  1. Go to our ThisIsCleanAir Challenge entry form and submit your photo(s) or poem(s) by APRIL 22, 2021 (EARTH DAY).
  2. Enter your contact information and indicate how many vehicle miles you avoid each week by telecommuting, taking transit, biking, walking, carpooling, or skipping trips entirely. If you don't reduce miles, just enter "0", choose "Other" and leave a comment if you wish.
  3. Choose your entry category (see themes listed below), select entry type, and upload your photo(s) or poetry.

    a. You can submit new photographs or less recent ones you may have taken previously, say, during last year's wildfire season or on pre-COVID global travels. (Include a caption about the photo.)

    b. In celebration of April's Poetry Month, poems are also accepted in this challenge.

Air Quality Awareness Week themes:Bighorn Fire June 6, 2020

  • Wildfires and smoke
  • Asthma and health
  • Citizen science and sensors
  • Environmental justice and air quality
  • Air quality around the world

What happens next?

PDEQ will pick the top entries that will be posted for public vote the week of April 26. The entries with the most votes will win prizes and be blasted via social media before, during, and/or after Air Quality Awareness Week, May 3-7. We look forward to seeing your work!

Prizes you could win:

Hydro Flask water bottle, insulated backpack cooler, weather station, Loop jersey (designs and sizes may be limited).

 Hydro Flask  Backpack cooler Weather station Loop Jersey Loop Jersey  Loop Jersey 



Note: By participating in the #ThisIsCleanAir challenge, you give permission for the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality to share your photos or poetry via social media and other outreach methods as we promote healthy air. We may give you credit by using your first name and last name initial.

Winning photos of our September 2020 challenge

Theme: Transportation

How do you travel in a clean-air way, navigating COVID-19 restrictions and the warmth of Tucson's weather? Below are the three top photos chosen by the community. Congrats to all the participants for Driving Less and Smiling More for Healthy Air!

Skateboard  Dirty Hands

Family Rides Together 
Grand Prize: "Protect Your Mother"
Ava P., saving 150 miles/wk
 "Dirty Hands for Clean Air" Diego S. saves 30 miles/wk
 "Family & Dog Rides Together"
Carissa S. saving 250 miles/wk
Health effects, pollution sources, and actions to protect air
Love the air

Air pollution negatively affects the health of living organisms and non-living things, too.

There are many sources of air pollution that result from our everyday activities and product choices.

The good news is there are also lots of actions we can take to minimize air pollution.

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