Stay informed and get involved during ozone season
Ozone season is here again! Each year between April 1 and Oct. 31, we keep a close eye on the concentration of ozone in our region’s air. Ozone pollution is formed when emissions from vehicles, industry, paint fumes and other sources react in heat and sunlight. Ozone is harmful for everyone — it can cause coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing — but is especially dangerous for children or people with breathing conditions such as asthma.
What should you do during ozone season?
Stay informed: know the SkyCast
The SkyCast is the daily air quality forecast for the region. The MARC Air Quality Program issues a new SkyCast every day about 3 p.m. You’ll see Ozone Alerts when weather conditions are expected to cause ozone concentrations to rise to excessive levels. There are many ways you can keep track of the SkyCast:
- Sign up for Email or text messages
- Follow AirQ on Twitter and Facebook
- Watch local news outlets
- Visit marc.org, or your local government website
Get involved: share a ride using RideShare
Reduce the emissions from your car by driving alone less. Carpooling to work will cut your commute emissions by half or more. Find a match using RideShareKC. If you’re concerned that an emergency — such as a sick child or an accident at work — will make things difficult, check out the Guaranteed Ride Home program.
Special opportunity for Kansas City Corporate Challenge participants:
Reduce emissions while competing at KCCC events! Again this year, AirQ has partnered with Kansas City Corporate Challenge to hold a carpool challenge. The company logging the most carpool miles will be presented with the “KCCC Carpool Challenge Award” (along with a prize) at the 2015 KCCC Awards Celebration. Show the region how “green” your team can be. Learn more >>