Contact: Azania Herron (704) 432-2549
CATS TO KICK OFF ANNUAL CLEAR THE AIR CAMPAIGN:
LEARN HOW TO REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
Charlotte, N.C., May 5, 2010 - The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) continues its efforts to help citizens make the Charlotte region a safe place to breathe as it kicks off its annual Clear the Air campaign on May 7th at 12:30 p.m. outside of the Wachovia Atrium located at 301 South Tryon Street. Join Jennifer Roberts, Chair of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners and Metropolitan Transit Commission, Edwin Peacock, Charlotte City Council Member At-Large, Carolyn Flowers, CEO of CATS and Captain Clean Air for the start of this year’s campaign: Reduce Your Carbon Footprint.
At the kick-off, CATS, Mecklenburg County’s Air Awareness and Clear Air Works! will have activities to help visitors commit to reducing the amount of air pollution they produce in the form of greenhouse gases, also known as an individual’s carbon footprint.
“The American Public Transportation Association has widely publicized the benefits of public transportation,” said Carolyn Flowers, CEO of CATS. “By taking public transportation you are making a responsible environmental choice because it saves over 37 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually and offers an immediate alternative for individuals seeking to reduce their energy use and carbon footprints. So try transit and do your part for the environment.”
The educational campaign will continue throughout the summer, as air pollution is at its peak during the months of May through September. CATS will encourage residents to ride public transit, vanpool, carpool, bike or walk instead of driving alone. Riding public transportation can specifically reduce the carbon footprint of a two-car household by up to 30 percent -- 20 pounds per day per individual.
Visit Clear the Air to gain more information and learn about upcoming events. To learn more about CATS and its services, please call 704-336-RIDE or visit us on the web at www.ridetransit.org.