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Stop Needless Idling Campaign

The Calgary Region Airshed Zone is joining forces with all the Airsheds in Alberta to launch a “Stop Needless Idling” campaign from January 11th to March 15th, 2021.

Research shows that reducing the idling time of a vehicle to 60 seconds or less reduces negative impacts on air quality and the environment and saves time & money!

We are asking everyone to help us create an awareness of needless idling and sign our pledge:

60 Seconds Or Less Is Best

I pledge to idle my vehicle for no more than 60 seconds when parked.

Pledge Form — Alberta Airsheds Council


Gasoline emissions are also associated with acute respiratory symptom days, restricted activity days, asthma symptom days, hospital admissions, emergency room visits, child acute bronchitis episodes and adult chronic bronchitis cases across Canada. The total societal cost associated with on-road and off-road gasoline emissions for calendar year 2015 is estimated to be $7.3 billion. Health Canada Health Risk Gasoline Exhaust Summary


  The Calgary Region Airshed Zone would like to thank all of our members for their ongoing support. To all our volunteers, committee members, and Board, with your support our organization continues to grow and do great things for air quality. Please read our December Newsletter and find out all the exciting projects coming in… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

  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