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    Car Free Day | September 22, 2022 | 10:00am-2:00pm

    Car Free Day

    Celebrate ways to get around and get things done without a car. PDEQ's Clean Air Program is partnering with the University of Arizona, City of Tucson and other partners. Read more.

    Walk 'N' Roll to School Week | October 3-7, 2022

    Walk N Roll

    Join thousands of schools across the nation to celebrate ways of getting to school without driving in a car. Kids and families can feel empowered while improving air quality around the school and protecting young lungs.

    Schools can register with PDEQ and receive a large banner, stickers, and and a prize to give away to a lucky student participant. Stay tuned for details.

    Activate Your Commute | October 18, 2022 | 10:00am - 1:00pm

    Ask questions and get answers about transportation and micro-mobility options from the PDEQ Clean Air Program, Sun Tran, PCHD Bicycle & Pedestrian Program, City of Tucson Transportation & Mobility, Spin, Razor, Tugo, and Commute with Enterprise. Enjoy free snacks and enter to win a prize when you take the Drive Less Pledge. Attend workshops on bike commuting and bike share, details TBA. Public Works Building Conference Room C, 201 N. Stone Avenue.

    Cyclovia Tucson | October 30, 2022 | 9:00am - 3:00pm

    Cyclovia Tucson

    Say "no" to cars and "yes" to people walking, rolling, biking, playing, and all out fun on this car-free and carefree day in the streets! Music, dancing, food, and engaging activities abound.

    Thrive in the 05: Enjoy miles of closed down streets in the 85705 zip code area. See map.

    Visit the PDEQ booth: People on the Move for Health, Wellness, & Planet. Engage in an I-Spy hunt and enter for a chance at prizes.

    PDEQ Clean Air Program sponsors Cyclovia Tucson alongside many partners and Living Streets Alliance because this free event encourages walking, biking, skating, skipping, skateboarding, and any other non-motorized means of movement to improve community health and reduce vehicle emissions in our community. 

    Visit www.CycloviaTucson.org for more info.

    On-Going Activities & Programs

    Take the 'Drive Less Pledge' for Healthy Air

    Drive Less PledgeDid you know that driving our motor vehicles is the single largest source of air pollution in Pima County?

    The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality Clean Air Program invites you take a pledge to drive less to help keep our air healthy and for a chance to win a cool prize. The good news is you don’t have to put your car up on blocks -- by skipping a trip just once a week you can single-handedly save over 1,000 pound of air pollution in a year. Learn more about the "Healthy Air Is In Our Hands" campaign and take the "Drive-Less" pledge to be eligible to win.

    Lawn & Garden Equipment Emissions Reduction Program

    Cut Down Pollution

    To reduce pollution created by gasoline-powered lawn and garden equipment, PDEQ, in partnership with Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, has launched the "Cut Down Pollution" Program.  The program provides vouchers to Pima County residents and businesses that turn in pre-approved gas powered lawn mowers and other landscaping equipment for recycling. In exchange for retiring higher polluting gas landscaping equipment, a resident can receive up to $400 in vouchers towards the purchase of zero-emitting equipment.

    Commercial gas-powered mowers, used for hours a day by those in the landscaping business, can be retired for vouchers worth $200 towards electric or battery powered lawn mowers. Other equipment such as gas-powered leaf blowers, string trimmers, chain saws, edgers, etc. can be retired for vouchers worth $50 towards the purchase of zero emitting landscaping equipment.  The vouchers can be used at any Home Depot store in Pima County.

    Click for details and to apply for the program. Healthy Air Is In Our Hands! 

    ThisIsCleanAir Challenge

    This Is Clean AirOccasionally, the PDEQ Clean Air Program will host creative challenges in our community to celebrate healthy air and what people do to help keep the air clean.

    Challenges are related to submitting photos or poetry regarding trips using alternate modes of transportation: transit, bicycle, walk, telework, carpool or vanpool. Photos and poetry received may be used in PDEQ messaging promoting healthy air. Prizes are awarded randomly. Click to learn more.

    Tire Inflation Education Program

    Checking Tire PressurePDEQ launched an educational campaign called "Pump Up Your MPG" to educate the community about the importance of keeping tires properly inflated to save resources and improve the environment. Pima Association of Governments' Clean Cities Program and the City of Tucson Office of Conservation and Sustainable Development provided some funding assistance for the program. A survey done after the successful campaign indicated that the number of people keeping their tires properly inflated tripled from the previous year's survey! Proper tire inflation saves gasoline, increases driving safety, reduces vehicle emissions, and keeps tires lasting longer. Check your tires once a month. Healthy Air Is In Our Hands! 

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