May 1, 2012 is an important day for two reasons. First, it’s the start of Ozone Action season, which lasts until the end of September. Ozone Action days are called when hot summer temperatures combine with pollution to create elevated amounts of ground-level ozone, a threat to human health and the environment. On Ozone Action Days, people are asked to take certain actions that can help reduce the creation of ozone that day and keep it at levels that meet the national air quality standard. Find out what you can do to help keep the air clean at www.semcog.org/OzoneAction.aspx.
The second reason is the start of the Commuter Challenge, which lasts until the end of May. Help cut down on traffic congestion and pollution – take the Commuter Challenge by trying a new way to work during the month of May. The Commuter Challenge is a fun and exciting way to encourage carpooling and vanpooling, riding public transportation, biking and walking, and using telework and flextime benefits. And there are prizes at the end of the month! We’re kicking this year’s challenge off with an event today. If you’re in the downtown area on May 1, come by the Commuter Challenge Transportation Fair at Compuware. We will be giving away great prizes to the winners of our “Carpool” game from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. We’ll also have free popcorn, water, and information from MiRideshare, SMART, DDOT, and The People Mover. And, of course, more info is available at www.semcog.org/CommuterChallenge.aspx.
I know you’re reading this information with passion and interest to help keep the environment clean. Please pass this information along to friends, family, coworkers, and community leaders. After all, we only get one life on one planet, so make the best of it!
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