Did you know that in Cabarrus County, the predominant cause of air pollution is ground level ozone? Ozone is caused primarily by mobile source emissions from the burning of fossil fuels in automobiles and other motor vehicles.
Cabarrus County strives to do its share to help improve the overall air quality in our region. Daily postings of the NC Air Quality Index is available on the Cabarrus County webpage as well as the Cabarrus County intranet. Please click on this link for an explanation of the NC Air Quality Index color code.
Cabarrus County has also implemented policies and is working towards creating a greater employee awareness towards improving our overall air quality.
Cabarrus County has established a "No Idling" and an ozone season (March 31 - October 31"Fuel Filling" policy for General Service's vehicles.
Cabarrus County has 34 Hybrids in its fleet - many of which have replaced less fuel efficient Crown Victoria's.
An electric lawn mower is used by the Cabarrus County Grounds Maintenance Department.
Individual citizens can do a great deal to help reduce air pollution outdoors as well. Simple, but effective ways include:
Drive less. Combine trips, walk, bike, carpool or vanpool, and
use buses, subways or other alternatives to driving. Vehicle
emissions are a major source of air pollution. Support community
plans that provide ways to get around that don’t require a
car, such as more sidewalks, bike trails and transit systems.
Don’t burn wood or trash. Burning firewood and trash
are among the largest sources of particles in many parts of
the country. If you must use a !replace or stove for heat,
convert your woodstoves to natural gas, which has far
fewer polluting emissions. Compost and recycle as much as
possible and dispose of other waste properly; don’t burn it.
Support efforts in your community to ban outdoor burning
of construction and yard wastes. Avoid the use of outdoor
hydronic heaters, also called outdoor wood boilers, which
are oxygen much more polluting than woodstoves.
Make sure your local school system requires clean
school buses, which includes replacing or retrofitting old
school buses with filters and other equipment to reduce
emissions. Make sure your local schools don’t idle their
buses, a step that can immediately reduce emissions.
n Get involved. Participate in your community’s review of
its air pollution plans and support state and local efforts to
clean up air pollution. To find your local air pollution control
agency, go to www.4cleanair.org.
Use less electricity. Turn out the lights and use energy efficient appliances. Generating electricity is one of the biggest
sources of pollution, particularly in the eastern United States.
Send a message to decision makers. Send an email or
fax to urge Congress to support the steps to strengthen the
Clean Air Act to clean up power plants. Log on at www.
lungusa.org to see how easy that can be.)
How you drive is just as important as the type of vehicle you drive to conserve fuel and reduce harmful emissions. Click on the link below for smart driving tips.
Smart driving tips