BETTER AIR, BETTER HEALTH

Our air quality has significant impacts on our environment and our health. Sustainable Sandhills manages the Fayetteville Area Metropolitan Planning Air Quality Program (FAMPO) to improve and maintain our air quality for current and future generations in three of our reach counties.

2019 AIR QUALITY REPORT

Learn more about the history of our air quality program and our initiatives in our 2019 Air Quality Report …

FAMPO

FAMPO develops plans that improve our transportation network and enhance our environment across the Sandhills …

DO YOUR PART TO CARE FOR OUR AIR WITH THE TEN SIMPLE STEPS TO IMPROVE AIR QUALITY …

CHAIN YOUR TRIPS. Combine your errands into our trip to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution. Starting a cold engine pollutes up to five times more than starting a warm engine.

USE MASS TRANSIT OR CARPOOL. By sharing a ride, you can reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality and even save money. The average driver spends 44 cents for each mile on the road – including fuel and maintenance costs.

RIDE YOUR BICYCLE. Cycling is a great way to travel and stay healthy!

TAKE LIFE IN STRIDE. Walking to your destination can improve air quality. Vehicles on the road create more than 25 percent of all air pollution nationwide.

CARE FOR YOUR CAR. By performing regular maintenance, changing your oil and maintaining proper tire pressure, you can reduce emissions. You can also improve your vehicle’s gas mileage, extend its life and increase its resale value.

FUEL WHEN IT’S COOL. Refuel in cooler periods of the day or in the evening to prevent gasoline fumes from heating and creating ozone.

DON’T TOP OFF YOUR TANK. Topping off your gasoline tank can release fumes into the air and negate the benefits of the pump’s pollution mitigation devices. Stop short of a full tank to improve air quality.

TELECOMMUTE. Work from home whenever it is possible.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO. Check the ozone forecast and Air Quality Index as you prepare for your day. The ozone forecast and AQI are available in most weather reports or at ncair.org.

SPREAD THE WORD. Tell your family members, friends and neighbors that they can care for our air with the Ten Simple Steps to Improve Air Quality.

CARE ABOUT OUR AIR?
BECOME AN AIR QUALITY STAKEHOLDER!

Serving the Fayetteville metropolitan area for over a decade, the Air Quality Stakeholders strive to improve and maintain air quality in the Sandhills. As a result of their initiatives, the Sandhills boasts some of the healthiest air quality in the state of North Carolina. The Air Quality Stakeholders are comprised of civic leaders, business leaders and concerned citizens with a common mission: to enhance the quality of life in the Sandhills through better air and better health.

Interested in becoming an Air Quality Stakeholder? Contact Air Quality Program Manager Kia Jones at kia@sustainablesandhills.org.

NORTH CAROLINA AIR QUALITY RESOURCES

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) has a lot of information about air quality in the state …

FEDERAL AIR QUALITY RESOURCES

Learn about a variety of air quality issues – both indoor and ambient air quality – from the United States Environmental Protection Agency

CARBON BANK

Sustainable Sandhills is committed to improving our air quality and conserving our urban forests so we have invested in carbon banks in partnership with Cumberland County Schools.

ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Pound for pound, electric vehicles use less energy (and no gas!) than conventional vehicles, and with fewer emissions, they can improve our air quality. Learn more from our partners at Plug-In NC.

AIR QUALITY INDEX

The Air Quality Index (AQI) indicates the health of the air with a numerical code as well as colors. Is your air “green” or “red” today? Do you Know the Code?

SANDHILLS DRIVE ELECTRIC

What drives you? Learn about the many benefits of electric vehicles and even show off your EV wheels at one of our Sandhills Drive Electric car shows, test drive events and public information sessions across the region.

AIR QUALITY FLAG PROGRAM

Several Cumberland County Schools are part of the Air Quality Flag Program, in which they raise a flag to indicate the daily Air Quality Index (AQI). Is your school interested in participating in the program? Call 910.484.9098.

VOLKSWAGEN SETTLEMENT

Your municipality or business may be eligible for funds from the Volkswagen Settlement to enhance transportation infrastructure designed to improve air quality in the Sandhills. The NC Department of Environmental Quality has more details …

THE PUCK STOPS HERE

Learn about regional air quality and program initiatives from Sustainable Sandhills and FAMPO at Fayetteville Marksmen games during hockey season! (Hockey season is over for now, but stay tuned for game dates!)