Who We Are
The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality's Voluntary No-Drive Day Program (also known as the Clean Air Program) was established in 1989 and is mandated by the omnibus air quality legislation enacted in 1988 (A.R.S. § 49-506) and Pima County Code 17.44.020. In the past, Pima County experienced violations of national air quality standards. To prevent further deterioration, several initiatives were developed to reduce air quality emissions in Pima County. The Clean Air Program/Voluntary No-Drive-Day is one of those initiatives.
The PDEQ Voluntary No-Drive Day/Clean Air Program is also a permanent and enforceable control measure approved into the most recent Carbon Monoxide Limited Maintenance Plan by EPA effective January 20, 2010 [74 FR 67819; 12/21/09]. The principal goals of the Program are to reduce vehicle emissions that contribute to air pollution by increasing public awareness of air quality issues and encouraging alternative modes of transportation and other pollution-reducing activities.
How We Are Funded
The Pima County Clean Air Program is funded by a grant from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. In addition, grants from other agencies may help fund the program. No local tax revenue is used to support the Voluntary No-Drive Day/Clean Air Program.
What We Do
As part of our clean air strategy we:
- Provide information to the public and the media regarding current air quality conditions, sources of air pollution, and associated health effects.
- Sponsor community awareness events encouraging citizens to reduce vehicle miles traveled and to use alternate modes of transportation.
- Provide teacher resources to facilitate student air quality education.
- Conduct air quality presentations to community groups and students of all ages.
- Work with other organizations and transportation planners to coordinate efforts towards reduced traffic congestion and improved air quality.