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Mayor Bowser Proclaims April 29 - May 3 Air Quality Awareness Week

Monday, April 29, 2019

CONTACT: Cecile Green, Public Affairs Specialist, (202) 617-1097, [email protected]

Residents can receive 25% off Electric Vehicle Taxi Rides with Department of For-Hire Vehicles

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Monday, April 29, 2019 – This week (April 29-May 3) marks National Air Quality Awareness Week in the District of Columbia. Join the Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE), Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV) and numerous partner agencies for a week of educational awareness and activities to get outside and check the Air Quality Index (AQI).

“We encourage individuals and organizations to join the movement to reduce the concentration of pollutants in our outdoor air,” said DOEE Director, Tommy Wells. “By checking the air quality index, choosing to ride in an electric vehicle, testing your home for radon, or helping DOEE pilot citizen’s anti-idling enforcement, all Washingtonians can play a role in reducing the pollution of our outdoor air.”

District residents are encouraged to “get outside and check the AQI;” each day will focus on a different outdoor air quality topic:

  • All Week - 25% off Electric Taxi Rides
    Call DFHV at (202) 269-1100 to request a ride, no discount code necessary.
     
  • Monday - Your Heart & Lungs
    Check for radon by requesting a free test kit for your home, or by calling (202) 535-2302.
     
  • Tuesday - Wildfires & Smoke
    DOEE’s Air Quality Division is here to help! Learn all about what we do.
     
  • Wednesday - Air Quality Index & Sensors
    Turn it off! See the anti-idling regulations.
     
  • Thursday - Air Quality in Your Community
    Help us test the feasibility of expanding anti-idling citizens reporting with the DC 311 app.
     
  • Friday - Air Quality Awareness Week Block Party!
    Party with the Air Quality Experts from 12-2pm. Enjoy music, an electric vehicle display, giveaways and pick up resources you can use! DOEE headquarters is located at 1200 First St., NE.

The DOEE's Air Quality Division works to protect the health and welfare of residents, visitors and the natural environment by reducing the concentration of outdoor air pollutants. The Division inspects major and minor sources of air pollution in the District, enforces air quality laws (including responding to outdoor air pollution problems), and performs education and outreach on air quality issues. For more information, visit Air Quality.