Spare the Air was established by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, in 1991, to reduce air pollution and provide advance notice when a "bad air day" -a day when air quality is forecast to exceed federal standards- is likely to occur.
Because most air pollution is preventable, Spare the Air is focused on educating the public and promoting changes in behavior that will help prevent poor air quality. The program reaches out to several audiences:
- AirAlert is an email service that informs the public the day before a Spare the Air day is predicted to occur. It encourages Bay Area residents to modify their behavior to prevent, or at least reduce, the anticipated bad air and gives advance notice to people with respiratory sensitivities, such as asthma or emphysema. Click here for more information, or to sign up to receive your own AirAlerts.
- The Employer Program provides more than 2,100 businesses with free tools to help them educate employees about pollution prevention and advises them when an AirAlert is issued. For more information on the Employer program, click here.
- Over 100 Cities and Counties have adopted legislation and developed programs to support Spare the Air and encourage their residents to follow suit.
- Community Resource Teams provide an opportunity for all interested people to work together and plan educational activities and programs to reduce air pollution in their communities.
For more information on the Spare the Air Program, please visit www.sparetheair.org.