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“Take a big breath of fresh Alberta air. Aren’t we lucky to have good air to breathe?” Lindsay Adams, Elbow Valley Elementary principal opened a special clean air assembly for 275 grade three and four students. The students were keen to see the launch of a new Alberta Airsheds Council (AAC) video that was filmed at Elbow Valley Elementary and featured several young volunteer actors from the school.

Working with the Calgary Region Airshed Zone (CRAZ), the AAC arranged a video screening and discussion with the students about sources of pollution and the impacts it can have. While the video was fun to watch, the anti-idling message is particularly important for this school.

Principal Lindsay Adams noted that, “Emissions from idling are a significant concern for us. We have more than 150 vehicles and 38 buses dropping off and picking up children every day. We are encouraging parents to avoid idling and appreciate the information and resources to help students understand what they can do to keep the air clean.”

Across Alberta, Airsheds provide in-class lessons and presentations for schools and groups. Connecting with elementary school children is an opportunity to help them understand current air quality challenges, including the increase in fine particulate matter in the air and the connection to respiratory concerns such as asthma. It is also a chance to influence behavior and stimulate family discussion.

At Elbow Valley Elementary, the children were encouraged to talk with their parents about walking or biking rather than driving short distances; avoid restaurant drive-thru’s; and most importantly – to turn off vehicles when waiting to pick up and drop off at school.

For information on how to arrange a presentation about air matters at your local school or other event, contact:

Karla Reesor
karla@albertaairshedscouncil.ca

Tanya Carlson
Tanya.carlson@craz.ca

You can contribute to healthy air quality with a simple act: reduce vehicle idling. Did you know that turning off your vehicle can also stop a zombie invasion? Watch this video to see how!

The Calgary Region Airshed will be hosting the AGM on June 6th at Ralph Klein Park. Keynote Speaker will be Deputy Minister Andre Corbould, Alberta Environment and Parks. Thank you to our sponsors: AGAT Labs, WSP Canada, and Lafarge. For more information please contact Tanya.carlson@craz.ca Continue Reading

In October, 2016, Wheatland County adopted an environmental policy committing the municipality to being a leader in environmental accountability, which to us, means taking responsibility for municipal actions that may impact the environment. The four keys to implementing this commitment are: balancing the environment with the social and economic needs of the community; leading by… Continue Reading

The Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley is a charitable organization committed to helping ensure the ecological integrity of the local ecosystem through education, research and outreach. The Institute helps individuals, groups and businesses take steps to make sustainable changes. It provides workshops, shares information and develops practical solutions that are realistic and make a… Continue Reading

An exciting new partnership has been formed between the Calgary Region Airshed Zone and the Telus Spark Science Center! In honor of CRAZs’ 10 Year Anniversary, Spark has been working with us to create three special events to share air quality with everyone. The first event, or I should say display will be open to… Continue Reading

While many Albertans are familiar with Airsheds in the Province, fewer people may be aware of the Alberta Airsheds Council (AAC) and the role it plays in bringing Airsheds together, and supporting the air monitoring framework so that air quality information is collected and shared with all Albertans. The AAC facilitates communication, cooperation and sharing… Continue Reading

We are coming to the end of 2016 and what a year it has been for the Calgary Region Airshed Zone. We have continued on our journey of collecting data, charting trends and analyzing data. Our committees have been hard at work understanding the trends, making sure the equipment we are using is the best… Continue Reading

Lafarge Canada Inc. in Exshaw announced the completion of major modernization and environmental upgrades. Physical construction began in 2013, with more than 600 contracted employees on site at construction peak in addition to 160 permanent employees. The team achieved a very strong safety record, hitting nearly three million hours without a lost time incident. “It… Continue Reading

As part of our Sustainable Community strategy, the Idle Free Bylaw (Bylaw 18-15) was passed in Okotoks-aimed at protecting our environment and the health of our community. Some of the main concerns that led Okotoks to adopt this bylaw were due to excessive idling of vehicles when waiting to pick up children, and also in… Continue Reading