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​The Charlotte-Mecklenburg area does not currently meet the standard for ground-level ozone set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The County is ‘on track’ to meet the standard by 2015 and the Race to the Beach Clean Commute Challenge (RttBCCC) is an opportunity for the public to get involved.
Charlotte area residents who decide to clean commute to work this summer, June 2 through August 29, can log their commutes at and be entered to win a free beach vacation donated by the Blockade Runner Beach Resort. Clean commutes include walking, biking, riding the bus or light rail, carpooling or vanpooling, teleworking or working a compressed work schedule.
By joining the Race residents will help improve two of the biggest air quality problems in North Carolina, ground-level ozone (the main ingredient in "smog") and particle pollution. The main sources of these emissions are cars, trucks and off-road equipment.  These pollutants can make our air “unhealthy” to breathe.  The good news is that all of us have the power to improve air quality through our actions.
This is the first year the RttBCCC has been open to the public.
Residents can help us stay on the track to cleaner air.  Register to race by visiting Follow along with other Charlotte area clean commuters on the Race to the Beach blog.
For questions or more information contact Kelly Smith, Mecklenburg County Air Quality Charlotte Area Air Awareness Coordinator at 704-336-5423 or