Clean Air Day

Take steps towards clean air by taking part in this national event!
Designed graphic for Clean Air Day 2019

Clean Air Day is June 5, 2019. We will be celebrating with an event at Kerry Wood Nature Centre.

What is Clean Air Day?

Clean Air Day is a national event that raises awareness and encourages action on clean air and climate change issues. It takes place on the Wednesday of Canadian Environment Week, which is the first week of June. 

Why is Clean Air Day important?

Air quality is one of seven focus areas of The City’s Environmental Master Plan (EMP), with a goal of improving the air quality and reducing emissions. However, despite efforts to improve air quality, Red Deer has not met national air quality standards in recent years, specifically for Fine Particulate Matter.

Awareness and education initiatives such as Clean Air Day are an important part of our approach to improving air quality in the community. Whether you reduce emissions from your car, spread the word about the importance of clean air or choose sustainable transportation, we all have a role to play in protecting our air quality.

Things to do on Clean Air Day

  • Enjoy free transit! Red Deer Transit and BOLT Regional Transit Service are free all day on June 5. Email cleanair@reddeer.ca and tell us how your ride goes to be entered into a ballot to win a 12 free ride pass donated by Red Deer Transit!
  • Head to Kerry Wood Nature Centre from 3 - 7 p.m. to check out free activities:
    • Hourly guided bike rides (bring your own bike and helmet!) along with a tune-up clinic and a bicycle decoration station.
    • Have a look at the Dirty Sock Challenge, an interesting display showing how much contaminants vehicles can really put into the air.
    • Walk and learn about lichen health and how air quality can affect lichen growth.
    • Plant a tree with the help of a knowledgeable guide in the Sanctuary.
    • Take part in the clean air art projects.
  • Post a picture of you, your friends, your coworkers, or your family traveling green on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #OneStepTowards to raise awareness about Red Deer's goal of taking steps towards clean air and green methods!
  • Take part in the Commuter Challenge by commuting to work using alternate transit routes including carpooling, walking, cycling, or taking the bus between June 2 and June 8.
  • On June 3, attend a presentation about the use of bicycles in reducing greenhouse gas emissions presented by Gary Millard, a volunteer Director at Bike Calgary, and a daily bicycle commuter himself.

What you can do every other day

You can make a difference year-round by making small changes:

  • Check the Air Quality Health Index to inform your activities.
  • Choose active forms of transportation like walking or cycling – even one day a week makes a difference!
  • Choose carpooling.
  • Take the bus. Visit our Transit web page or use Google maps to plan your route. One bus can replace up to 60 vehicles with a single occupant.