BETTER AIR, BETTER HEALTH

Air quality can have a significant impact on our natural environment and our public health.

Sustainable Sandhills manages the Air Quality Program for the Fayetteville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (FAMPO). Together, we are improving and protecting the air quality in our region for current and future generations.

FAMPO develops plans that improve our transportation network and enhance our environment across parts of Cumberland, Hoke, Harnett and Robeson counties.

Regional Air Quality Action Plan

The Air Quality Action Plan is implemented each year.  The plan contains actions and programs that will be implemented to improve and protect air quality in the FAMPO Region.  You can read the 2019 plan below.  Stakeholders in our region are working on the 2023 plan. The 2023 Air Quality Action Plan will be available in March of 2023. 

CARE ABOUT OUR AIR?
BECOME AN AIR QUALITY AMBASSADOR

Serving the Fayetteville metropolitan area for over a decade, the Air Quality Ambassadors previously known as Air Quality Stakeholders, strive to improve and maintain good air quality in the Sandhills. The Air Quality Ambassadors are comprised of civic leaders, business leaders and concerned citizens with a common mission: to enhance the quality of life in the Sandhills through protecting air quality.

Interested in becoming an Air Quality Ambassador? An Interest Meeting will be held on March 23, 2023, 6 PM – 7:30 PM, ReMax Choice 2721 Thorngrove Ct. Fayetteville, NC

 

Contact Air Quality Program Manager Denise Bruce at Denise@sustainablesandhills.org.

PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES

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.

Know the Code

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?

10 Simple Steps to Improve Air Quality

We know that helping to protect and improve Air Quality takes all kinds of effort, big and small. Small efforts add up to big changes when all of us work together to change our habits. The 10 Simple Things to Improve Air Quality are things you can do in your daily life to Improve Air Quality.

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!  Visit our Table on the concourse during the following games, February 2nd (Faith and Family Night) , February 24th (College Night), March 17th (Luck O the Irish), and April 1st (Star Wars Night).  

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