Clean Air Day

Clean Air Day raises awareness and encourages action on clean air and climate change issues. It is held annually on the Wednesday of Environment Week, the first full week in June.

Clean Air Day Winners at PAMZ Blue Skies Awards 2016

Parkland Airshed Management Zone (PAMZ) honoured five individuals and organizations with Blue Skies Awards for their work in improving Central Alberta's air quality at a Clean Air Day luncheon on June 8, 2016.

Achievement of the Year: Border Paving's 74.88 kW solar installation generated 82 MWh of electricity in 2015, reducing GHG emissions by 51 tonnes. Border Paving recognizes that their business is carbon and emissions intense, and want to demonstrate leadership by generating clean solar power from their rooftop. This is the largest private solar installation in Red Deer, developed without grants or incentives from government. It was completely spearheaded and developed by Border Paving and their desire to offset some of their emissions. Border Paving has demonstrated how business and industry can take a leadership role to reduce air pollution in our region.

Education or Community Outreach: Red Deer Public and Catholic School Divisions for promoting, since 2010, the Idle Free Program in their respective schools. By February 2016, all Red Deer schools (38 sites) throughout both Divisions were established as Idle Free. All city schools within each Division are "signed" and schools continue to promote the importance of being Idle Free to drivers of their school communities.

Outstanding Role Model: Terry Krause, who has been on a personal journey to reduce his environmental footprint on his acreage in Red Deer County. He has an upgraded insulation package, high efficiency hydronic heating, triple glaze argon windows, insulated external roll shutters over large windows, and a 4kWh grid tied solar system which provides 130% of his annual electricity needs. His energy generation in combination with highly efficient systems demonstrate how an individual can take action.

Technology: The City of Red Deer’s Collicutt Centre, in partnership with ATCO Gas, installed Combined Heat and Power (CHP) in 2014. Using CHP, the Collicutt Centre generates its own power and heat for a lower cost than if The City would have to pay for both heat and power from a utility company. ATCO estimates that the CHP unit, combined with its waste-heat recovery technology will save the facility nearly $35,000 per year in energy costs over the life of the project. In 2015 conventional electricity use at this facility was reduced by 1.6 million kWh (>30%) and GHG emissions by 760 tonnes, akin to taking 160 cars off the road.

Transportation Efficiencies: Ferus Inc. is increasing Alberta’s transportation options by installing Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fueling infrastructure, and then walking the talk by converting their own fleet to operate with natural gas. Of the 30 tractors running out of their Blackfalds operation, 9 are natural gas powered. In transitioning their own fleet to LNG Ferus has learned many lessons regarding the maintenance and operation of these heavy duty vehicles, and are willing to share their learnings with other operators who are thinking of transitioning away from diesel. Natural gas is a cleaner-burning fossil fuel, with savings in carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter emissions.

About Clean Air Day 

Clean Air Day raises awareness and encourages action on clean air and climate change issues. The transportation sector is a major contributor of air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions. For Clean Air Day, why not renew or begin a commitment to sustainable transportation? When you use public transit, cycle, walk and rollerblade, you can reduce your personal emissions, save money used on fuel, contribute to your personal health and much more.

When you do drive, reduce unnecessary vehicle idling by turning off your engine if you are going to be stopped longer than one minute, except when in traffic.

Before you leave home on Clean Air Day and every other day, monitor your local air quality with the Air Quality Health index (AQHI) at www.pamz.org.