From May 2–6, 2022, the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment will celebrate Air Quality Awareness Week. The theme this year is Healthy Air – Important for Everyone! DOEE’s Air Quality Division will be hosting the following events in celebration of the week:
- On Tuesday, May 3 at 7:00pm, DOEE in partnership with Empower DC and the Ivy City community will host a screening of “Unbreathable: The Fight for Healthy Air” at Alethia Tanner Park. Academic experts, advocates, and DOEE staff will take part in a panel discussion before the film.
- On Wednesday, May 4, DOEE will launch its updated interactive air quality trends report on the District's Open Data Portal.
- On Thursday, May 5, DOEE in partnership with Empower DC and the Ivy City community will meet in front of the Alexander Crummell School in Ivy City at 5:30pm for a community walk. Residents will use handheld air quality monitors to record data in real time. Invited guests include EPA Office of Environmental Justice Director Matthew Tejada, EPA Region III Administrator Adam Ortiz, and DOEE Director Tommy Wells.
Residents and visitors of the District are encouraged to regularly check the Air Quality Index (AQI) to be aware of the air conditions in the area. Stay informed on a mobile device by downloading EPA’s AIRNow App for Android or for iPhone.