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These are unprecedented times.  COVID-19 is present everywhere putting us on uncharted paths.  Here’s hoping everyone is in good health and coping well!!

The future has never been more unpredictable in Alberta.   CRAZ is doing everything possible to bring members and stakeholders together to focus on air quality issues in the region.  We know we need to adapt quickly to the changing reality.  CRAZ shifted to virtual committee and board meetings in April and the AGM in September was also held virtually.   Thank you to everyone who participated in all of these meetings.

In times like these, we are reminded of how interconnected we all are.   Thank you for being part of our community; without you, none of our work or achievements would be possible.  Now, more than ever, we need you!!

Currently, we’re doing everything possible to maintain daily operations and continue to engage with our members, volunteers and regional stakeholders.  We need your support more than ever to ensure that we can emerge from this pandemic stronger and healthier.  Please consider becoming a member, check if the municipality you live in is a member, if you work for a company that generates emissions find out if they are members of CRAZ.   Your membership will go a long way to help us emerge stronger and more resilient.

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We continue to count on and appreciate your support and involvement.  We cannot thank you enough for your past commitment to the airshed zone.  Please help us continue our work and ensure Calgary Region Airshed Zone remains a strong, well-managed organization.   Thank you!

 Jill Bloor

 Jill Bloor, Executive Director

Making the Invisible Visible!


  PURPLE AIR PROJECT The Calgary Region Airshed Zone is collaborating with Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) to bring Purple Air Monitoring to the region. Purple Air Monitors are low cost sensors that are used to supplement government air data to provide a better understanding of local-scale air pollution. The level of pollution can… Continue Reading

In spring 2019, the Alberta Council for Environmental Education teamed up with the City of Calgary and Calgary’s two major school districts to engage Calgary’s school community in environmental stewardship and climate action that directly supports the city’s newly adopted Climate Resilience Strategy and other environmental strategies.  The main goal was to create a framework for collective action that fosters a common… Continue Reading

Emergence of Alberta’s Renewed Clean Air Strategy (CAS) Air quality is a critical component of integrated environmental management systems emerging at the provincial, regional and local scales. In 2012, the Province updated and released a renewed CAS accompanied by an Action Plan to implement objectives. CAS and the Action Plan are aligned with and reflect… Continue Reading

Thank you to those of who you participated in the 2020 CRAZ Air Quality Municipal Survey! CRAZ is currently working on the development of a Municipal Toolkit to support municipalities within the CRAZ region with air quality management issues and your feedback is being used to help tailor that toolkit to your needs. Participants were… Continue Reading

Article – Climate of Change ‘The Air Quality Health Index’ The expression ‘out of sight, out of mind’ rings true when people are asked about Cochrane’s ambient air quality. If they can’t see any problems, they think everything is fine. But, when wildfire smoke blocks out the sun like a filthy campsite blanket people know… Continue Reading

Please join us: Building Healthier Communities Together: Focus on Air Quality November 27th, 2019 Fort Calgary 8:30 am to 3:00 pm The Calgary Region Airshed Zone (CRAZ) will be hosting a “Building Healthier Communities Together: Focus on Air Quality” workshop on November 27th, 2019. The main objective of this workshop is to bring Municipalities, Land… Continue Reading

In 2017 a continuous air monitoring station in Airdrie started operating. This station provides the City of Airdrie with an Air Quality Health Index number, the AQHI is a tool that provides health information based on the air quality in the area. The station is operated by Alberta Environment and Parks. The AQHI is posted… Continue Reading

As indicated in the April 2019 blog 1, when fossil fuels are combusted nitrogen oxides (NOx), including nitrogen dioxide (NO2), are formed. Combustion processes are currently used in transportation, heating, power generation, and oil and gas development. NOx contributes to the formation of ozone and at high concentrations can be seen over large cities as… Continue Reading