Air Quality Awareness Week: How You Can Help

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Poor air quality seems to be something that's out of our hands, but what if there were ways you could help improve it?

Columbus Planning Director Rick Jones told News Leader Nine, "They can look at the times they fuel their cars or when they use outdoor equipment like lawn mowers or weed eaters, and not use them in the middle of the day when it's the hottest outside."

Changing your commute to work or school is the easiest to do, and probably makes the biggest impact.

Manager of the Clean Air Campaign Wanda Jenkins explained, "Do clean commutes either through biking or walking or telecommuting or taking the bus. Have your child ride the bus to school or have them bike or walk."

Jones added, "When you don't need to use a car and you can walk or bike or even use the bus system that helps us in terms of dealing with this issue of ozone."

The Columbus Clean Air Campaign could end up paying you for making these changes.

"We have great commuter incentives, some of which we pay you to take clean commutes to work. We'll give you $3 a day up to 90 days if you switch to clean commute," said Jenkins.