Know the Code
The Air Quality Index (AQI) is used to tell you how clean or polluted your air is, and what associated health effects you should be aware of. Days with unhealthy levels of pollutants are called Ozone Action Days, and are classified as orange, red or purple.
Act Now: Develop an Ozone Action Plan
CATS can help you develop a personal
ozone action plan to use on days when the ozone color code is orange,
red or purple. The following are things you can do to help reduce ozone pollution.
- Get on board. Ride CATS or LYNX, vanpool, carpool, bike or walk.
- Telecommute. Check out your employer's policy on working from home.
- Don't Drive To Lunch. Either bring your lunch from home or walk to a nearby restaurant.
- Drive Smart. When you must drive, try to plan ahead so you can combine short trips.
- Stay Tuned. Keep your car, boat and lawn equipment tuned up. Well-maintained engines emit less air pollutants.
- Wait Till Dusk. Postpone refueling and using
gasoline-powered lawn equipment until after 6:00 pm. Ground level ozone
can be created when gasoline fumes heat up.
- Don't Idle. When you do drive, avoid idling for long periods of time, avoid sudden stops and starts, and stay within the speed limit.
Do a Little, Help a Lot
Public transit is a vital component of a greener, more sustainable
community. CATS is committed to going green in order to better service
the Charlotte Area and protect our future.
To learn more about CATS clean air initiative or our employer programs, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org.